With back to back hackathons, we came from San Francsico, just concluded Seattle this last weekend and are now headed to Los Angeles in the upcoming weekend. The Seattle hackathon was focused on gaming apps and the three day format gave developers an extra day to come up with interesting concepts and refine their code base a bit. If you were interested in pictures from the event, hit this link.
Over 150 attendees streamed through the Surf Incubator over the course of the weekend with multiple devices and lots of activity. It actually got so hot in certain sections that some of the developers put water in front of their personal fans just to keep themselves cool. If I can find a picture of this, I'll be sure to post it here. As for the total number of apps, the weekend churned out 19 applications with a number more that attempted to reach the finish line, but fell short by just a tiny bit. Of the 19 apps that crossed the finish line, there were three teams that were selected to present at the Casual Connect keynote at 9AM today.
With over $20k in cash prizes, most everyone left with something in their pocket. As great as cold hard cash is, experiential prizes are better. For the top three teams, we worked with Casual Connect to get them in front of the crowd at Casual Connect so that they could have an opportunity to either network amongst their peers or work on getting into the industry of their dreams.
I also have to give a special call out to Paul Mou, who created a very creative and interesting solution to the information overload that search engines dump on you. Essentially, his app chunks up the search engine results into more readable bites as well as injecting relevant data from Wikipedia and other sources that you would end up looking up anyhow. So our hats go off to you Paul for your curiousity and exploration, which is what hackathons are all about, no matter the theme. We will be sending you a Sierra Wireless internet puck with 6 months of service for being awesome this weekend!
Additionally, major props goes out to Aaron Patterson (@tenderlove) for creating a Ruby gem for gosphero.com over the course of the weekend. Best of all, he open sourced the code on Github. Additional props to Seaton, who runs Surf Incubator, for hosting us over the course of the weekend.
Without further delay, here is the list of winners:
SpherOgatchi - Have you ever wished your virtual pet were real? With SpherOgatchi, you can play with your virtual pet, just like a real one! It's like a Tomagatchi or Pokemon, but using a Sphereo it can walk, run, and tell you if it's happy and sad with lights, sounds, and vibration!
Wunkie - Meet your health and wellness goals by playing a game that uses your biometric data. Exercise, eat right, and stay connected in the real world and your digital pet wins compeitions and prizes. Along the way build a mint.com for your health information.
Zombie Attack - We all know that 2012 means the end of the world is coming...and the truth is because of the inevitable Zombie Apocalypse coming. Therefore, we must prepare. Zombie Attack allows the current Human vs Zombie Outdoor-roleplaying games to be managed with the WP7 device - providing visual display on a map, events within the area, and registration to the events. Future modifications will support all major mobile platforms.
Alki Trivia - Amazon AWS Prize - A Trivia Game you could bring home to your family.
M(Gro)ove - 2nd Play Alljoyn & 1st Place Mapquest - The Age of the Social DJ has arrived. Contracting traditional Dj is expensive and not effective in today's agile entertainment industry. M(Gro)ove may not be the first (and certainly won’t be the last) platform to mix the music curation and sharing aspects of DJing with the web but it certainly offers some new ideas – most pertinently the gaming aspect where users can rate each other and score points which can unlock social benefits.
MobiMon - MobiMon lets you discover new worlds of mobile monsters & compete with your friends. Collect new creatures, train and battle to become the best MobiMon champion in the world.
Cards Against Humanity - Cards Against Humanity - It's Apples to Apples with a dirty twist. Each round, players pick a white card that best matches the black category card. The judge (czar) that round votes on his favorite entry. The game is open sourced, the mobile web app is mine.
BattleNuts - 2nd Place Game Prize & 1st Place Roar Engine Prize - Battle Nuts is a casual multiplayer game in a persistent game world, where you can jump in and out at any time. It is built to be widely accessible across platforms & form factors (iOS, Android, tablets, desktops, laptops). The object of the game is to navigate your character across a destructible landscape, fire missiles at other players, steal items from them if you are victorious. As you play, you gain levels, can purchase items from the items you steal, and of course are hooked by achievements. All CSS3 transitions!!
Mazeo - Navigate an invisible maze with the Sphero robot and your mobile device.
TarotShare.com - 2nd Place General Prize & 2nd Place MHL Prize - Massively fun TarotShare.com game
Ball vs Wall - 3rd Place Game Prize & 1st Place MHL Prize - A game where you control and orb and travel through a 3d space through holes in a deadly wall. Touching the wall is game over. This is a game that COULD be played on a TV with a Sphero as a controller when it is finished. It COULD have a two player mode where orbs could battle pushing one another into the wall, or away from the whole to the next area."
ALLNET - 3rd Place Alljoyn - A mobile app to do networking. Send and sync contacts and business cards. Discover contacts in proximity and peer to peer chat with them
Jumpy - A game where you need to help the astronaut reach the moon by jumping through all the levels.
Liars Poker - 1st Place Alljoyn - Liar's poker combines the ability to bluff with the insight to recognize bluffing in your opponents. You can play the game for money, or substitute "points" for money if you prefer not to gamble.
Tic Tac Sphero - Medio Prize Winner - Tic Tac Sphero is an Android application that allows you to play tic tac toe on both on your phone and on 3x3 grid of Sphero robots in real life.
This application is primarily a technical demo to show that one phone can control a large number of Spheros simultaneously.
Sparklemotion - Cloud Architect Prize & Sphero Prize - Fit in in foreign countries by having custom information at your fingertips.
Also: Chatting is fun and awesome. http://chat.interhub.net:9292/
ByteIntel - Imagine customizing your search engine result to return data in intelligible, easy to consume chunks. This is a service where developers can contribute scripts to customize and filter search engine results to quickly sieve through the blue links!
Sphiro Trap - 3rd Place General Prize - Stop virtual playing start actual playing, on your mobile phone. Sphiro Trap is fun, challenging, and addictive. You love every second!!
Baller - 1st Place Game Prize and 1st Place General Prize - Baller is a multiplayer, multi-phone game that is a race to get the ball through a maze with a group of friends!