The hacker was spotted competing in a hackathon at Backplane, a startup funded by Lady Gaga.
During the hackathon, I got to work with him as he built an app that allows you to see where your Facebook friends are on a map. Aviv Ovadya, a Quora engineer, was also on the team. Ovadya focused on the front end mapping part of the program. Hotz was focused on getting the API info and programming that into location data.
His entry didn't win, it lost out to a group of high school students.
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