Kon'nichiwa from Photo Hack Day Japan!

Kon'nichiwa from Tokyo!

Six of us from Aviary HQ in NYC are happy hacking in Tokyo this weekend - as we host Photo Hack Day Japan.

This is our 5th Photo Hack Day - and our first international event. We’re running the event in partnership with our good friends from Mixi, one of Japan’s largest social networks (and a long-time Aviary SDK partner).

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It’s about time we took Photo Hack Day international. Last year 600 Billion photos were taken by people all around the world. And many of those were taken, and edited, and shared thanks to apps and apis and services made by people at his hackathon. Over 100 people are at the event, either hacking on new apps or offering developers help with their APIs – including folks from Shutterstock, Getty, EyeEm, 500px, Amazon, SendGrid, LeapMotion, Pinterest and more.

We are all part of an incredible global community of developers that are all obsessed with photos. Bringing that community together is why Aviary started Photo Hack Day in the first place. Japan is more obsessed with photos than anywhere else on the planet - so Tokyo is the perfect place to host our first international event. 

The idea is simple: to bring like-minded people together - to have fun for a weekend, to experiment, to hack, and to invent new ways to for people to create, edit, share and communicate with photos. As I tap out this blog post, I can see some really cool apps being created in every corner of the room. We’ll post the list of winners once the judging has happened later today.

- Tobias