The National Museum of Computing Challenge

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The National Museum of Computing is once again pleased to welcome the attendees of Over the Air to Bletchley Park!

The National Museum of Computing (TNMOC), physician located at Bletchley Park, online is an independent charity housing the largest collection of functional historic computers in Europe, including a rebuilt Colossus, the world’s first electronic computer. The National Museum of Computing is a separate entity to the Bletchley Park Trust.

TNMOC enables visitors to follow the development of computing from the ultra-secret pioneering efforts of the 1940s through the mainframes of the 1960s and 1970s, and the rise of personal computing in the 1980s. New working exhibits are regularly unveiled and the public can already view a rebuilt and fully operational Colossus, the restoration of the Harwell Dekatron / WITCH computer, an ICL 2966, one of the workhorse mainframes computers of the 1980s, many of the earliest desktops of the 1980s and 1990s, plus the NPL Technology of the Internet Gallery.

 

The Challenges:

1. Create an Android version of the iPhone App

We currently have an iOS TNMoC App  that was built by one of our volunteers to give an overview of the museum. We are looking for volunteers to help convert it to Android.

2. Create a Timelines App

There are many different timelines to explore at TNMoC. The development of software, operating systems, hardware, gaming, landmarks and women in computing (our latest one). It would be amazing to have an app visitors can use to explore these timelines and for us to be able to update the timelines remotely from a spreadsheet. This would add real context to exhibits on show.

3. Create an Interface to Video Content

 Many of are artefacts are too fragile to demonstrate. However, video exists of them in operation. Can you create  an app that scans via NFC or QR Code beside an artefact to stream video and information about that item to the user?

4. Augment the visitor experience using mobile technology in an innovative way

If you have your own spark of inspiration, perhaps after taking a tour of the Museum, we welcome any other creative ideas as well!

The Prizes

For each member of the winning team, the National Museum of Computing will put together a package from the store, such as a T shirt, Fleece, mug and lapel pin.

 

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