It’s All Over

Queen's TowerOver the Air has come to a close. We had a fantastic two days. We had 21 competition entries. The winners were:

  • Overall Best Prototype – Mr. Tomm (Future Platforms)
  • Best Mobile Widget – Auto Widget Configurator (Owen)
  • Best Hardware hack – Phone Fight ( labs)
  • Best Use of Multimedia – 21st Century Fridge Door (Orange Pirate)
  • Best Use of Wireless, Bluetooth or RFID – Bluetooth FOAF (Owend)
  • Most elegant solution – Twitter Client for Windows (Dale Lane)
  • Most over engineered – Clever Social Tool (Alex squared)
  • Most practical / ready for market – SNOB
  • Best mobile web application – Browser SyncBest design / user experience prototype – Phone Fight ( labs)
  • Best Location Aware Award – Capture the Flag (Location based games)
  • And the winners in our “unofficial categories” were:
    • Fun Award – Phone Fight ( labs)
    • Most likely the succeed with the CIA – (Social Tracker)

More info on the winners, pictures, and other follow-ups will be posted soon, after we all have a good night’s sleep. Thanks to everybody who participated in Over the Air and made it such a success!

Over the Air Kicks Off!

Over The Air CrowdWe’re up and running! We’ve started Over the Air – here you can see the assembled masses gathered to hear the opening keynotes. So far, we’ve heard from Internet Centre’s John Darlington, BBC’s Matthew Postgate, Dan Appelquist from Mobile Monday and Vodafone, Ian Forrester from BBC and Margaret Gold from Betavine. Rudy de Waele from dotOpen,, etc… is giving us the scoop on Mobile 2.0 right now. After that, lunch and the afternoon sessions (and the coding) start up.

The Competition

People have been scratching their heads about the competition part of Over the Air. Well here’s all the details you need to enter and hopefully win a prize at Over the Air.

The competition runs from 1pm Friday afternoon till 1pm Saturday afternoon. It is open to everyone and has a range of categories.

  • Overall Best Prototype
  • Best Mobile Widget
  • Best Hardware hack
  • Best Location aware prototype
  • Best Use of Multimedia
  • Best Use of Wireless, Bluetooth or RFID
  • Most elegant solution
  • Most over engineered
  • Most practical / ready for market
  • Best mobile web application
  • Best design / user experience prototype
  • The Audience Favorite

Each one has a prize attached, which will be given by our sponsors.

You can sign up for the competition in teams, partnerships or singles. This is done by registering your team on the backnetwork. Under the backnetwork you can add a review of your prototype or idea. The ideal way to enter this is for one member of the team to enter a description then add a link to the other team members. I have done a draft version which gives you a rough idea of how it should be formatted. You should use fill in as much stuff as possible including urls and sdks you maybe using. This can be done at any time during the competition, but at 1:30pm Saturday, no more will be allowed to enter the competition. There will be no need to enter what category you think the prototype should go into, our judges will pick the best for each category, which means you can walk away with more that one prize.

The judging panel we’re proud to announce have a range of knowledge and experience which makes the Dragons look like Kittens.

  • Margaret Gold from Gold Mobile Innovations
  • Matthew Postgate from BBC Mobile
  • William Gunaratne from Microsoft
  • Mike Culver from Amazon WebServices
  • Dr Paul Coulton of and Lancaster University
  • François Daoust from the W3C
  • Mikko-Pekka Hanski from Idean

They will be watching as you take the stage in front of the Over the Air audience and present your prototype or idea in less that 3 minutes (TBC). We will be pretty strict on times, as we want to make sure everyone has the same chance. Once on stage, you will have a short period time to plug in your laptop for visuals (VGA connection) or audio (3.5cm jack). There will be Wired or Wireless connectivity and new for this event Visualisers so you can really zoom in on that mobile application or hardware creation. Remember you only got a short period of time, so its best to plan before and double check everything works as you remembered.

After everyones had their time on stage, we take a break and the judges will go off to a sealed room to discuss for a while. When they return, the awards ceremony will start and just before the end, you will all get a chance to decide who is the audience favorite.

We hope many of you will enter the competition and we will see some very innovative ideas and prototypes come out of it. If you have any further questions about the competition please leave a comment or jot it down at the backnetwork.