The OTA 2010 Hack-a-thon Results

  1. Best in Show (judges selection) – an iPad from Alcatel-Lucent, nurse and $1,000 worth of services from Mob4Hire The Ben Collins Appreciation Society for First Gear
  2. Audience Favourite (audience vote) – $1,000 worth of services from DeviceAnywhere – Light Blue for Lobster
  3. The Nokia Qt Challenge – a Nokia N8 – GeekYouUp for Hot UK Deals for Maemo
  4. The UnLtd Better Net Challenge – £2,500 – Intohand for Freecycle Mobile
  5. The Telefonica #Blue Challenge – a Playstation 3 – Jose Palazon for OTA #Blue Chess
  6. The PayPal X Challenge – an HTC Android Smartphone – The Bill Collins Appreciation Society for First Gear
  7. The Ericsson Labs Challenge – a Sony Ericsson Android X10 Mini Pro – Intohand for Freecycle Mobile
  8. The Orange Mobilise Challenge – an iPhone 4 – Alistair MacDonald for Hole Mapper
  9. Best User Experience – $500 of In-Network Ad Spend from InMobi – Melinda & Christiano for GeoHunt
  10. Best use of Open APIs and Open Data – a Motorola DEXT – Dale Lane for UK Traffic
  11. Best Android App – a Motorola Milestone – Paul Johnston for FindMyMates
  12. Best use of Mobile Web – a Sony Ericsson Android X10 Mini Pro – Me Myself & I for Light Blue
  13. Best Game – an Xbox from Microsoft – Feel the FP-ness for Dance Dance Evolution
  14. Best Use of other features (RFID, Camera Bluetooth, Light Sensors) – Monotype Imaging Poster – Adam Cohen-Rose for The Eyes Have It
  15. Best iPhone App – Monotype Imaging Poster – >2.5k for Vibe
  16. Best Visual Design – Monotype Imaging Poster – Feel the FP-ness for Dance Dance Evolution
  17. Best use of Widgets – Monotype Imaging Poster – Geek You Up for The Cleaner
  18. Best Hardware Hack- Monotype Imaging Poster – Adam Cohen-Rose for The Eyes Have It
  19. The Most Fun – Monotype Imaging Poster – Thom FP for Doodle Message
  20. The Most Useful – Monotype Imaging Poster – Sam Machin for BlueBabelTextFish
  21. The Most Cheeky – Monotype Imaging Poster – Light Blue for Lobster

The 24 Hour hack-a-thon

One of the key features of Over the Air is the in-event competition, which gives you a chance to show off the clever and fun ideas you’ve been coding and hacking away at over the course of the event. We’ve had some really great entries over the years, and look forward to seeing many clever innovations again this year.

The hack-a-thon competition entry form is now closed.

The Categories are…drumroll….

  1. Best in Show (judges selection) – an iPad from Alcatel-Lucent, and $1,000 worth of services from Mob4Hire
  2. Audience Favourite (audience vote) – $1,000 worth of services from DeviceAnywhere
  3. The Nokia Qt Challenge – a Nokia N8
  4. The UnLtd Better Net Challenge – £2,500
  5. The Telefonica #Blue Challenge – a Playstation 3
  6. The PayPal X Challenge – an HTC Android Smartphone
  7. The Ericsson Labs Challenge – a Sony Ericsson Android X10 Mini Pro
  8. The Orange Mobilise Challenge – an iPhone 4
  9. Best User Experience – $500 of In-Network Ad Spend from InMobi
  10. Best use of Open APIs and Open Data – a Motorola DEXT
  11. Best Android App – a Motorola Milestone
  12. Best use of Mobile Web – a Sony Ericsson Android X10 Mini Pro
  13. Best Use of Voice, RFID or Bluetooth – Monotype Imaging Poster
  14. Best iPhone App – Monotype Imaging Poster
  15. Best Visual Design – Monotype Imaging Poster
  16. Best use of Widgets – Monotype Imaging Poster
  17. Best Hardware Hack- Monotype Imaging Poster

Microsoft will also be giving away an XBox at their discretion – a random extra prize! (and a cool one, I think you’ll agree…)

There are Terms & Conditions for entering the competition, which you can read here (and which you implicitly agree to when you submit an entry).

As well as kudos, glory and general street cred – we also have some lovely prizes for our competition winners courtesy of our very generous Sponsors and Supporters.

The beautiful Monotype Imaging Posters

The lovely team over at Monotype Imaging have been racking their brains for a very special gift they could give the hack-a-thon winners tomorrow.

More details will follow shortly on the Competitions Page, but we thought you’d like to take a sneak peek…

The first in a series of limited edition prints features the Gill Sans(R) Bold Extra Condensed typeface, available for $200 (about GBP 108) from http://www.monotypefoundation.com . Eric Gill, the British typographer, sculptor and engraver created the design in 1937 as part of the Gill Sans typeface family. Inspired by the sans serif lettering by the calligrapher Edward Johnston in 1916 for the London Underground public transportation system, the Gill Sans typeface has been considered Gill’s most enduring legacy to typography. Companies including AT&T and the British Broadcasting Corp. have incorporated the Gill Sans design into their brand identity programs. Gill Sans fonts are also part of the Mac OS(R) X operating system which runs in millions of Macintosh(R) computers.

Five hundred hand-numbered reproductions have been created of the original Gill Sans Bold Extra Condensed drawing, which is stored in an archive at the U.K. headquarters of Monotype Imaging in Salfords. The giclee digital printing process was used to create each 18 x 24 inch print on fine art matte paper. “It’s virtually impossible to distinguish the original from the reproduction,” said Allan Haley, who serves on the board of directors for the Monotype Foundation. “Gill’s pencil titling and initials are visible, as are areas where he made hand-edited corrections. It’s fascinating to view such primitive techniques, especially since Gill’s typefaces in today’s digital world are more popular than ever, 65 years after his death.”

Competitions – the PayPal X Challenge

What is PayPal X?

n November 2009, PayPal opened its global payments platform to third-party developers, ushering in a new generation of innovative payments.  PayPal X is the world’s first truly open global online payment platform – giving developers access to its global payment engine built over the last decade with more than 87 million active PayPal accounts available in 190 markets and 24 currencies.
The PayPal X Developer Network puts developers in the driver’s seat, providing the resources and the tools needed to change the future of payments – from mobile apps to web apps and social networks. Developers can now monetize their ideas and tap into the $30 trillion global payments opportunity – the next wave of payments innovation is now in their hands.

What is the Over the Air PayPal X Challenge?

The Best Mobile application on iPhone/iPad/Android embedding PayPal Adaptive Payment libraries will be awarded with an HTC Android Smartphone.

For those that attended PayPal session on their brand new libraries for in-application and mobile browser based payments, please see https://www.x.com/community/ppx/xspaces/mobile for more information. PayPal continues to optimise payments for mobile devices with options for both in-application and mobile browser based checkout experiences on iPhone and Android.  They’re simple to integrate and make it easy for buyers to make payments without leaving your application or mobile browser checkout flow.  The new mobile interface has been designed to maximise checkout conversion through effective buyer experience, and build on the broad range of APIs already available on PayPal for creating a variety of different types of payments from one-off payments to subscriptions and pre-approvals.

The Schedule for Over The Air 2010

While we put together the details for Over the Air 2011, you can refer to last year’s programme as a rough guide to the format and timing of the event, which will stay largely the same.


Friday, 10 September 2010
9:00
to
10:00
Registration / Coffee [Dining Hall, Ground Floor, Sherfield Building]
10:00
to
11:00
Welcome, Logistics, Etc…
Daniel Appelquist, Matthew Cashmore & team
Keynote:
Aral Balkan: The Art of Emotional Design
[Great Hall, Sherfield Building]
11:00
to
11:15
Coffee Break [Dining Hall, Ground Floor, Sherfield Building]
Huxley 311 Huxley 340 Huxley 341 Huxley 342 Huxley 343 Huxley 344B
11:15
to
12:15
HTML5 on Mobile
Bruce Lawson, Opera Software
Hacking with #Blue
Richard Spence, O2
AIR for Android
Michaël Chaize, Adobe
What have The Guardian Ever Done For US?
Michael Brunton Spall, The Guardian
DIY Research Workshop – Informing the Design Process
Mark A.M. Kramer

12:15
to
13:15

Improving Your Problem Solving Skills
Rhiannon Horsley and Analia Lemmo, UnLtd
Tapping Into The Enterprise Market
Richard Pulliam, Alcatel
Android: It’s not Just About Phones
Kevin McDonagh
Orange Mobilise – the Mobile Volunteering Initiative
David Simoes-Brown, 100% Open
Jogesh Limbani, Orange R&D UK
13:15
to
14:30
Lunch [Dining Hall, Ground Floor, Sherfield Building]
14:30
to
15:30
Rethinking the Mobile Web – A Pragmatic Look At Creating An Accessible and Inclusive Mobile Experience
Bryan and Stephanie Rieger, Yiibu
In-App Payments Using Paypal
Anthony Hicks & Saulius Zukauskas, Paypal
Prototyping for the iPhone with iProcessing
Durrell Bishop and Tom Hulbert, Luckybite
The Mobile Opportunity in the Developing World
Raj Singh
Pachube’s “Porthole” Software: Augmented Reality
Chrisopher Burman, Pachube
Developing Federated (Mobile) Social Networks with One Social Web
Diana Cheng, Vodafone R&D
15:30
to
16:30
Mobile Application Testing Workshop with Device Anywhere
Leila Modarres, Device Anywhere
Viral Survival Kit: Cloud Computing for Highly Scalable Apps
Matt Wood, Amazon Web Services
Connecting the Real World With Your Mobile!
Geoff Ballinger
Rapid Mobile Prototyping with Flowella
Tim Brooke, Nokia

16:30
to
17:00
Break
17:00
to
18:00
What Would Picasso Do? – A Panel of Art And Technology
Bryan Rieger, Jason Fields, Tom Hume, mills™, Mathias Dahlstrom
Qt – productive app development for desktops and smartphones
Pekka Kosonen, Nokia
Building apps with data.gov.uk
Richard Stirling
mHealth
Brian Fuchs and Vasa Curcin
App Development In The New World Of Windows Phone 7
Paul Foster, Microsoft
Android Localisation
Karan Deep Geddam, Motodev (Motorola)
18:00 to 19:00 Bombs Away: A Location- based Game that WILL Make You Run
Richard Vahrman, Locomatrix
It’s All About Location, Multitasking & Gyroscopes
Jim Brown, CTO of Cloudmade
W3C Mobile Standards
Robin Berjon
Kai Hendry
JavaScript apps for Nokia devices – state of the union and hands-on hacking
Petro Soininen, Nokia
DIY Mobile Design & Usability Testing
Belén Baros Pena
DIY PR
Lauren McGregor, Lisa Devaney
19:00
to
22:00
Dinner & Chill-out Lounge [Dining Hall, Ground Floor, Sherfield Building]
23:00
…and beyond
All-night hack-a-thon [Great Hall, Sherfield Building]
Saturday, 11 September, 2010
7:15
to 8:00
Wake Up: Qi Gong Revitaliser workshop with Gong Fu London
8:00 to 9:00 Breakfast [Dining Hall, Ground Floor, Sherfield Building]
9:00 to 10:00 Saturday Keynotes
Pawan Gandhi on Ovi Life Tools in Emerging Markets
Sir Tim Berners-Lee
on Open Data
[Great Hall, Sherfield Building]


Morning Sessions – Huxley Building

Huxley 311 Huxley 340 Huxley 341 Huxley 342 Huxley 343 Huxley 344B
10:30
to
11:20
Designing the Internet of Things
Alexandra Deschamps-Sonsino

Designing mobile services for emerging market users
Alan Wilkinson – Nokia
Privacy for Developers
Kasey Chappelle & Ricardo Varela, Vodafone
Pitch Workshop
Penny Jackson & David Terrar, DCKTN

11:20
to
12:10
Kiss The End user Goodbye
Ivanka Majic, Canonical
The Emerging Technology of Web Fonts
Vladimir Levantovsky – Monotype Imaging
The New Digital Divide (Or…I Don’t Think That Word Means What You Think It Means 🙂
Stephanie Rieger, Yiibu
Android Hands-On With the Cycle Hire Widget
Kenton Price & Reuben Harris, Little Fluffy Toys Ltd.

12:10
to
13:00
Exploring The Far Reaches of The Mobile Interaction Continuum
Paul Coulton
Tap it! Designing Awesome Mobile Experiences
Brian Fling
Entrepreneurs on the Mobile Web in Ghana
Steve Wolak, Vodafone
Bringin’ Home the Bacon – The Economics of Your Ad Supported Application Business
Limvirak Chea, InMobi

13:00
to
14:00
Lunch [Dining Hall, Ground Floor, Sherfield Building]
14:00
to
15:00
Competition Presentations [Great Hall, Sherfield Building]
15:00
to
15:30
Break for Judging
15:30
to
16:30
Awards & Wrap-up [Great Hall, Sherfield Building]

A big thanks to Bemoko for building the Mobile Website

For the third year running, doctor the lovely team at Bemoko have built us our very own mobile site where you can put together your own personalised agenda for the event. (Not to be confused with the mobile version of the blog, the widget for which was created by the equally talented and lovely dotMobi team)  There is also a very handy twitter feed, and the full scoop on the Competition. Be sure to check it out at  http://ota.bemoko.com

bemoko are the power behind web developers and digital agencies’ mobile offerings, providing development expertise and leading edge software enabling them to deliver the most advanced, content-rich mobile campaigns and applications available today.

Where agencies once struggled to genuinely deliver a complete and uninhibited mobile experience to their clients, they are now able to confidently attack the market with breathtaking results in a fraction of the time and cost than trying to tackle it alone.
Giving developers the flexibility to use the latest HTML5/CSS3 and javascript capabilities whilst ensuring the site works across all devices and providing a powerful plugin mechanism for third party content means that sites developed on the bemoko platform are not restricted and complex sites from marketing campaigns to full e/m-commerce sites can be easily created.

For companies without the in-house expertise bemoko provide development capabilities which can be fully outsourced or embedded into your team – giving you the resource and expertise to deliver mobile campaigns to your customers when you need it and without the need for heavy investment.

The platform can be downloaded from http://www.bemoko.com and developers resources, including tutorials, can be found at http://bemoko.com/wiki

Alcatel Lucent is the Chill-out Lounge Sponsor at OTA10

AlcatelWe are thrilled to announce that Alcatel Lucent is sponsoring the Chill-out Lounge at Over the Air 2010

Alcatel Lucent have built a developer community to give you a place to share your knowledge, ask questions, build and test great applications, and, ultimately get them noticed so you can make money and find fame. And, as if that weren’t enough, you will be joining a new movement to bring together what until recently have been two distant communities: developers who want access to network resources and the service providers who want you to build apps using those services.

http://www.alcatel-lucent.com/application_enablement/

Alcatel Lucent at Over the Air

Tapping into the Enterprise Market (Friday @ 12:15 in Huxley 341)

What happens when today’s app hype breaks free of web 2.0 and goes mainstream (and by mainstream we mean the enterprise where the real money is)? What do developers need to do differently to build apps for the enterprise? Richard Pulliam – Alcatel-Lucent’s primary link between developers and enterprises across several vertical industries — will lead a highly interactive session (no slides…yay!) to discuss what developers need to know to tap into the enterprise market, what enterprises need to know about working with developers, and who the non-tech companies are that developers most want to build apps around. Additionally, Alcatel-Lucent will give away an iPad to one lucky attendee.

Come and chill-out with us in the Dining Hall on the Ground Floor of Sherfield on Friday evening, from 19:00 until 22:00.

DCKTN is an Events Sponsor of OTA10

We are thrilled to announce that the Digital Communications Knowledge Transfer Network is an Events Sponsor of Over the Air 2010

The Digital Communications Knowledge Transfer Network has been established by an industry-led group of leading players, with funding from the Technology Strategy Board. We seek to bring competitive advantage to the UK by promoting collaboration and knowledge sharing between the users and providers of Digital Communications, and helping to drive innovation in the sector. http://www.dcktn.org

DCKTN at Over the Air

Pitch Workshops (Saturday @ 10:30 in Huxley 343)

DCKTN is pleased to be supporting us in running a Pitch Workshop at this year’s Over The Air which we’re very pleased about indeed.

We have Penny Jackson and David Terrar heading up the workshop and their aim is to help individuals learn how to pitch their mobile product, service or business more effectively whether that’s to consumers, clients, partners or investors. It’s a two-hour session incorporating lots of hands-on tasks, role-play and discussions and there are just 12 places available. If there is enough interest, we will run two sessions during Over The Air and if there is a lot of interest, we will aim to run further sessions in the coming months via Mobile Monday London and DCKTN.

If you’re interested in applying for one of the places at the workshop, please complete this short form to let us know a bit about you and your business and what the best time is for you to attend the workshop: http://bit.ly/OTApitch_workshop

Ericsson Labs is an Event Sponsor of OTA10

Ericsson

We are thrilled to announce that Ericsson Labs is an Event Sponsor of Over the Air 2010

Ericsson Labs is a concept for open innovation. The site holds APIs, resources, offerings, and various expert commentaries, produced by Ericsson. This assortment provides technologies and communities for developers and makes it easy to get in touch with a variety of experts from different fields.

The cutting-edge technologies available on Labs help developers create new innovative services. These services can then be made available to end-users via any established application store or to other developers at Ericsson Labs via our applications showroom.

https://labs.ericsson.com

Ericsson Labs at Over the Air

Emerging Communication: How html5 changes applications and the way they talk (Friday @ 15:30 in Huxley 311)

This session from Vladimir Katardjiev will explore how the internet has changed users’ expectations on applications, how html5 impacts application development, and how applications will need to communicate with each-other in the future. In addition, prototypes on hand will show how both web and native applications can evolve to meet the needs of tomorrow’s users.

Vladimir is a member of Ericsson Research’s web technology group, where he works with emerging web technologies and how they influence applications and network activity. He co-developed Ericsson Labs’ EventSource and Web Connectivity APIs, aimed at providing mainstream browsers with the communication tools of the future.

Ericsson Labs is also supporting our hackathon and will give out details of their category during this session as well. They’ll have team members on hand all weekend at Over The Air to discuss the details of that in more detail.