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Blog posts tagged 'Hacking'

Roy ZhangEngineering

Favorite hacks of 2016

Posted about 8 months ago

Company hackathons spurred the development of several new products and tools in 2016. Read more...

Miki FriedmannEngineering

Made in NY: The engineering behind social recommendations

Posted about 9 months ago

The product incorporates machine learning and client-side caching to identify relevant posts and dynamically update attachments as new recommendations are added. Read more...

Ted ReedSoftware Engineer at Facebook

Hardware and firmware attacks: Defending, detecting, and responding

Posted about 2 years ago
blog post · Hardware · Security · Hacking · Open Source

Simple tools like osquery give defenders important insights about what's happening on their network so they can quickly detect a potential compromise. Read more...

Chris MarraProduct Manager at Facebook

Favorite hacks of 2015

Posted about 2 years ago

The passion people have for ideas generated at hackathons results in everything from new products to open source tools. Read more...

Ryan MackEngineering

Security @Scale 2015: Engineering Security

Posted about 2 years ago
blog post · Infra · @Scale · Security · Data Science · Tooling · Hacking

More than 250 engineers gathered in Boston to share how they're building tools to address some of the most challenging engineering issues within security. Read more...

Erin GreenEngineering

Meet the wogrammers — women in engineering

Posted about 2 years ago
blog post · Culture · Hacking · Women in Tech · Academics

Looking at the important secondary effects of highlighting amazing women engineers. Read more...

Augmented Traffic Control: A tool to simulate network conditions

Posted about 2 years ago

Today we are open-sourcing our design for Augmented Traffic Control on GitHub. Read more...

Tian FangEngineering

Introducing “OpenBMC”: an open software framework for next-generation system management

Posted about 2 years ago
blog post · Culture · Framework · Open Compute · Open Source · Hacking

Recently, we found the Baseboard Management Controller (BMC) software stack too closed to meet our needs, so we built our own version, which we're open-sourcing today. Read more...

Alex HollanderTech Communications at Facebook

Facebook's 4th Annual Hacker Cup Finals

Posted about 3 years ago
blog post · Culture · Hacking · Menlo Park

Last week marked Facebook’s 4th annual Hacker Cup Finals. Hacker Cup is an international coding competition that happens over three rounds online and culminates in a final competition at Facebook HQ. This year, the finalists came from 10 different countries, including Australia, Belarus, China, Japan, Poland, Russia, Switzerland, Taiwan, Ukraine, and the United States. Read more...

Jay BorensteinEngineering

Facebook Open Academy: Bringing open source to CS curricula

Posted about 4 years ago
blog post · Culture · Open Source · Hacking · Academics

Open source is a huge part of Facebook engineering. Whether we're building new data infrastructure tools like Corona and Presto to manage our warehouses on Hadoop, releasing a new mobile build tool like Buck, or improving PHP runtime with HHVM, open source projects are integral to our operations. Read more...

Hacker Cup 2013

Posted about 4 years ago
blog post · Culture · Hacking · Compute · Menlo Park

Over the weekend, 24 of the world's top programmers from 10 different countries came together at Facebook HQ to compete in the third-annual Facebook Hacker Cup Finals. Read more...

Ryan McGeehanEngineering

Happy Hacktober

Posted about 5 years ago
blog post · Culture · Security · Hacking · Testing

October is national cyber security awareness month (NCSAM). While most companies plan activities and provide information via traditional means (compliance videos, dry awareness posters and messages, lectures and emails) to help their employees detect and prevent cyber attacks, Facebook honors NCSAM in true hacker style. We call it “Hacktober.” Facebook’s security team creates a series of simulated security incidents that are tested on Facebook employees throughout the month of October. The prize for spotting a Hacktober attack and reporting it to the team? Kudos and bragging rights of course. Oh, and a cool Hacktober T-shirt, poster or sticker. Read more...

Bob BaldwinEngineering at Facebook

Hackathon: Building a better Events view

Posted about 5 years ago
blog post · Culture · Web · Hacking · User Experience · Performance

One of our greatest traditions at Facebook is hackathons, a time when engineers across the company get together to hack on new ideas and try to build a prototype overnight. About a year ago, I decided to try working on Events at a hackathon and ended up building the Events permalink on the homepage. More recently, a couple of us felt there should be a better way for people to see their friends' birthdays a few days in advance and make plans for the weekend. So we built it. Read more...

Pedram KeyaniEngineering Director at Facebook

Stay focused and keep hacking

Posted about 5 years ago
blog post · Culture · Hacking

Every couple of months, a few hundred of our engineers unleash their talents in epic, all-night coding sessions, and often end up with products that hit the internal and external versions of the site within weeks. These are Facebook hackathons, and since the first "official" hackathon in 2007, they've remained one of the most exciting opportunities people here have to make a major impact in short period of time. Read more...

Mark PikePrivacy at Facebook

A hack of epic proportions: Building a QR code on the roof

Posted about 5 years ago
blog post · Web · Culture · Hacking · Menlo Park

When the last of the employees moved in to our new Facebook headquarters in Menlo Park, Mark Zuckerberg announced a "Space Hackathon." His post encouraged everybody to decorate the new space to make it our own—tag the walls with spray paint, hang cool posters, and hack the building with some patented Facebook personality. But a few of us interpreted the call to action a bit too literally. We decided that we wanted our "space hack" to actually be visible from space. We wanted to hack the globe. Read more...

Ben HamiltonEngineering

Meet a Facebook Engineer: Ben Gertzfield

Posted about 6 years ago
blog post · Culture · Mobile · Messages · iOS · Chat · Hacking

At Facebook, our engineers collaborate to create an open environment where ideas win and are executed quickly. Each week, our engineers will give you a look into what it's like to iterate and build at Facebook in our new "Meet a Facebook Engineer" Q&A series. Check back weekly to hear from different engineers about what problems they're passionate about solving right now, what they're up to at Facebook and what advice they have for you. Read more...

BozVP of Ads And Business Platform at Facebook

Meet a Facebook Engineer: Andrew (Boz) Bosworth

Posted about 6 years ago
blog post · Culture · Bootcamp · Recruiting · Hacking

At Facebook, our engineers collaborate to create an open environment where ideas win and are executed quickly. Each week, our engineers will give you a look into what it's like to ideate and build at Facebook in our new "Meet a Facebook Engineer" Q&A series. Check back weekly to hear from different engineers about what problems they're passionate about solving right now, what they're up to at Facebook and what advice they have for you. Read more...

Josh WisemanSoftware Engineer at Facebook

Meet a Facebook Engineer: Josh Wiseman

Posted about 6 years ago
blog post · Culture · Chat · Hacking

At Facebook, our engineers collaborate to create an open environment where ideas win and are executed quickly. Each week, our engineers will give you a look into what it's like to ideate and build at Facebook in our new "Meet a Facebook Engineer" Q&A series. Check back weekly to hear from different engineers about what problems they're passionate about solving right now, what they're up to at Facebook and what advice they have for you. Read more...

David AlvesEngineering

Announcing Facebook’s 2012 Hacker Cup

Posted about 6 years ago
blog post · Web · Data · Culture · Compute · Hacking · Recruiting

Hacking is core to how we build at Facebook. Whether we’re building a prototype for a major product like Timeline at a Hackathon, creating a smarter search algorithm, or tearing down walls at our new headquarters, we’re always hacking to find better ways to solve problems. Read more...

Jeff RothschildVP Engineering at Facebook

High School Hackathon

Posted about 6 years ago
blog post · Culture · Hacking · Compute · Academics

This week is CSED Week, a call to action to share information and offer activities that will advocate for computing and elevate computer science education for students at all levels. To learn more, visit csedweek.org. Read more...

Mo KudekiEngineering
Ari SteinbergSoftware Engineer at Facebook
Debbie FergusonEngineering

Hackamonth: Mixing Things Up

Posted about 6 years ago
blog post · Culture · Mobile · Hacking · Compute · iOS · Photos

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Matt MillunchickTechnical Program Manager at Facebook

Facebook Hacker Cup Finals: A Champion is Crowned

Posted about 6 years ago
blog post · Culture · Web · Data · Compute · Hacking · Recruiting

The Facebook Hacker Cup started off with 11,768 people from around the world competing to solve some of the most difficult algorithmic coding challenges in three online elimination rounds. Twenty five emerged as finalists and were flown to Facebook’s HQ in Palo Alto, California, to compete in today’s ultimate event. Read more...

Stefan ParkerUI Engineer at Facebook

Hackathon 22: Redesigning Pixelcloud

Posted about 7 years ago
blog post · Culture · Web · Hacking · Design Tools · Framework

Hackathons – all-night coding sessions where engineers create new products that aren’t part of their daily work – are at the heart of Facebook’s culture. For my latest hackathon project I rebuilt an internal tool called Pixelcloud (we originally wrote about it in 2009). Pixelcloud is a simple internal site used mostly by Facebook’s design team that allows you to upload images so other employees can comment on them. Designers use it to upload mocks and screenshots of prototypes to start discussions and critiques, but other employees use it as well as sort of an internal photo sharing tool. Read more...

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