Opera Coast team builds futuristic browser in 1-day hackathon

If you are familiar with the Opera Coast browser, you might know that it started out as a skunkworks hack. The word “hack” may come off as negative to some of you, but in this case, it’s a good hack!

A hackathon is a collaboration, a code festival between developers to work on a project together. To spur creativity, the Opera Coast team recently gathered for a hackathon, where each member was asked to come up with a fresh feature idea for the browser and create a prototype by the end of the day.

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“It was exciting to see what we could do individually and get our hands on the basic stuff,” says Opera Coast team leader, Huib Kleinhout.

The winning idea: A poker-card read-later list

The developers worked through ideas like “shake to enter private mode”, “Coast-Music/Apple-Watch Remix” and Instagram-like filters. After a round of open voting, Øystein’s read-later list idea was crowned the winner, based on its creativity and execution.

Browsing is a casual activity, and we often go through a lot of information without really having the time to absorb it. Øystein created a visual list, where you can tap around to add beautiful thumbnails of the webpages to a queue, so you can pick them up and read later . Have a look:

For his winning idea, Øystein received an HD-camera drone – and glory, of course!

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The Opera Coast team hackathon involved 11 engineers in Oslo, with 3 colleagues joining online from Poland. The team finished up the evening with a barbecue, playing FIFA 15 & darts until the beers ran out.Screen Shot 2015-06-05 at 16.01.53

If you haven’t tried Opera Coast, download it now and see what you’ve been missing!

Do you have ideas for the Opera Coast Team? Poke them on Twitter and Facebook!


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