The Hack Day entry form is now open

Entering the Hack Day

To enter the OTA13 Hack Day competition, simply fill out the online form below, checking the technology & thematic Challenge categories that apply to your entry.

You are welcome to post and share your Hack Day Entry on Hackathon.io or on Hacker League – but this will NOT enter it into the competition. However, it does give you the ability to update the details of your entry once you have use the form below.

You will have until 12:00 on Saturday  to make your submission, in order to allow sufficient time for the Judges to take a peek under the hood before the demo’s on Saturday afternoon. You should aim to show an actual working demonstration, but it need not be perfect. Mock-ups are nice for sharing an idea, and will be allowed on stage, but won’t win you any prizes.

You’ll have right up until your Demo on stage to work on it. But keep in mind that the Judges will be taking their last sweep through at lunch time, and you won’t be able to submit a new Hack after that time.

It’s okay if your idea for an entry pre-dates the event, but the spirit of OTA is that you don’t work on it until you’re at OTA. New versions of existing apps will not be accepted.

There are some basic Terms & Conditions for entering the competition, which you can read here (and which you implicitly agree to when you submit an entry). But the two most important things to note are that all IP belongs to those who worked on the entry, and that anything presented during the event will be in the public domain.

Discount offer from Manning Publications

We are pleased to have Manning Publications at Over the Air 2013 this year, with some great Hack Day prizes and a discount offer for all attendees:
  • 45% off all MEAPs, eBooks, and pBooks with Promotional code ota13cf at manning.com. This offer is valid through Oct 3, 2013.
As one of our main Hack Day supporters this year, Manning.com is giving away Book Prizes to the winners in these categories:
  • Best in Show: Secrets of the JavaScript Ninja
  • Best Mobile Web / HTML5: Hello! HTML5 and CSS3 and HTML5 in Action
  • Best Android Entry: 50 Android Hacks
  • Best iOS Entry: iOS7 in Action
  • Best Windows Entry: Windows Store App Development
  • Best Hardware Hack: Arduino in Action
  • Best ‘Other Features’ Entry (RFID, NFC, Sensors, Bluetooth, etc): Third-Party JavaScript
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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), located at Bletchley Park, 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.

 

Souvenir Shop

A unique Best Game prize, donated by 100%Indie

100% Indie is teaming up with Over the Air to provide a money-can’t-buy prize for this year’s Best Game Award. 

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100% Indie is a collaboration between Chillingo, the leading mobile games publisher and division of Electronic Arts Inc. (NASDAQ: EA) and Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.  Spearheaded by Chillingo founders, Chris Byatte and Joe Wee, 100% Indie aims to inspire, foster and support indie developers around the world and help them bring their games to market.
The winner of the Over the Air Best Game Award will be invited to the Chillingo and 100% Indie offices to meet the team and have a one-on-one with Chris and Joe  (publishers of Angry Birds, Cut the Rope and Contre Jour, among many others) to learn how to get started in the games industry.
chillingo“We’re delighted to be supporting such a well established and yet indie event as this,” says Joe. “The whole ethos of Over the Air is about discovering and nurturing creativity and innovation, which ties in perfectly with our approach to gaming. Inventions from past events have led to real career breaks for many attendees and it’s an excellent hub for research and development, as well as a natural fit for gaming.”

The ‘Kids who Code’ Challenge

Kids should Code

padajologo_largePadajo are excited to announce the ‘Kids who Code’ Challenge. The team at Padajo believe that every kid should learn at least the basics of programming. The future is going to be more and more dictated by technology, and being able to understand will be the start of harnessing that power in the future.

This challenge is here to encourage all youngsters at Over The Air 2013 to code something, however simple or complex, and prove to themselves (and to the rest of us) that starting to code is easy.

The Prize

Makey MakeyThe best submission from an individual or team under the age of 16 (inclusive) is a MaKey MaKey kit. This kit allows you to start creating real-world technology, while having lots of fun (banana pianos anyone?). It also has expansion potential and some great projects online.

Creativity is everything for kids, so this is an open competition. It won’t necessarily be the cleverest or the most complicated submission that wins. We will take into account age and amount of experience in coding as well. It doesn’t even have to be finished!

Python Basics

We are expecting this to produce some of the most exciting hacks of Over The Air 2013 though. Prove that the grown ups have some competition!

There are 3 runners-up prizes of Python Basics which is a book for kids to learn to code. It’s taught us at padajo something as well as being fun and engaging for kids.

Entry

The submission can be a piece of coding that runs on a computer, the internet, a phone, uses minecraft or a raspberry pi or MaKey MaKey. It can do anything that you want. You could even aim to make an invisibility shield or a personal TARDIS but I think they may be a little beyond the realms of a weekend hack!

The only requirement is that you tell us who you are, how old you and any team members are, what the hack is, and then you will need to present it at the end.

Don’t worry about the presentation. Just stand up and tell us what it is!

Good luck!

 

The ‘Samsung Smart Apps’ Challenge

Put the new Samsung Mobile SDK through its paces with Samsung’s micro Smart App Challenge!

On the 5th of September, Samsung Electronics launched the Samsung Mobile SDK, to provide developers with a more streamlined application development experience. Now Samsung wants you to put the Samsung Mobile SDK though its paces in an overnight micro “Smart App Challenge”!

To enter the Samsung micro Smart App Challenge, simply produce the most engaging, exciting app you can in the allotted time, making use of the Samsung Mobile SDK.

The Samsung Mobile SDK offers a more efficient way to develop for Samsung devices. Instead of downloading multiple SDKs separately, you can now just download one SDK and make use of the multiple packages available in your app.

When the hacking concludes on Saturday, the Samsung Developers team will pick the most innovative application made with the Samsung Mobile SDK. Apps that make use of Samsung Device specific features will naturally score the highest.

The Prize

img_2013_at_mwcThis micro Smart App Challenge has a fantastic prize for the winning team – Two tickets to the Samsung European Developer Day on the 18th of November 2013 at London’s Film Museum.

Galaxy Note III

The Developer Day will provide the micro Smart App Challenge winners with a unique opportunity to meet the Samsung team, gain insight into what’s new and next from Samsung and collect a brand new Galaxy Note III device.

One Galaxy Note III device will be awarded, with either an individual or a representative of the winning team collecting on the 18th November. Judges will be looking for the most innovative applications built using the Samsung Mobile SDK. Why not get a head start on the competition by downloading it before OTA at – http://developer.samsung.com/samsung-mobile-sdk

The (official) Samsung Smart App Challenge

Samsung Smart App ChallengeThe official Samsung Smart App Challenge for Galaxy Note will select 12 winners, receiving a record total of $1,100,000 in prize money along with a variety of promotional benefits. This year, Samsung Venture Investment will review the final winners for suitability for additional financial investment so if you are looking for capital, this is the challenge for you. Developers aiming to participate should sign up directly on the App Challenge website  and register their apps on Samsung Apps from 5th September to 30th November.

Timeline

Entry Period – September 5 – November 30, 2013(GMT)

Certification Period – December 1 – December 31, 2013(GMT)

Judging Period – January – February 2014(GMT)

Winner Announcement – Scheduled for late February 2014

 

Links

Samsung Mobile SDK

Samsung Mobile SDK – Getting Started Guide

Samsung Mobile SDK 1.0 API Specification

The ‘Innovation on Windows Phone’ Challenge

The developer relations team from Microsoft & Nokia UK are excited to announce the ‘Innovation on Windows Phone’ Hack Day Challenge.

The Prize

nokia_lumia_1020_2You and your team will get the chance to win a Nokia Lumia Windows 1020 Phone handset. This prize will be awarded to an individual or team that has worked on a new project which exemplifies tough problem solving and maybe even turning their ideas into a business. The projects will be judged on Saturday and winners announced at the prize giving ceremony.

Runners up will be awarded a Nokia Lumia 925 phone.

All Entries

Everyone who develops a Windows Phone app will be provided with a Nokia Premium Developer Program account. You will also be rewarded just for being part of the hack. Get your thinking caps on now and we look forward to seeing your idea during the event.

The Nokia Premium Developer Programme provides high value tools & support to help you be more productive, develop quality apps and enhance your Windows Phone development experience. Get this package of benefits worth up to USD $1500 for free if you commit to using the Windows Phone platform during Over the Air.

* Special Nokia Music Prize *

EarphonesSpeakersThe best Windows Phone app developed using the Nokia Music API will win JBL NFC PlayUp speakers and Monster Purity in-ear stereo headphones.

 

Getting Started

It’s easier than you think as you can use many of the skills you already have. Create new generation Windows Phone 8 apps with .NET and C++ with UIs in XAML or DirectX. Realise more revenue from your mobile apps, sell your apps in over 200 markets worldwide. Learn more here

Getting started is easy, develop for Windows 8 or Windows Phone with the suggested starting points below to ensure you make the most of your time at Over the Air. Or, if you just need a great cloud service to go with your project, check out Windows Azure Mobile Services.

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For iOS Starter

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For Android Starter

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For Windows Starter

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For more help on the ground – Get in touch with the developer relations team coming to Over the Air this year.

Riaz Ahmed @TheRealRiaz – Developer Evangelist, Nokia UK

Andy Wigley @andy_wigley – Developer Evangelist, Microsoft UK

Alexander Bennett, @Alzando – Senior Developer, Nokia Music

The OTA13 Hack Day Details

The OTA13 General Hack Day Categories


Arduino Starter KitBest in Show

This category is the Judges’s selection, based on all of the entries that they have seen both under-the-hood and on stage during the Demo’s. The Prize for the team that wins Best in Show is an Arduino Starter Kit donated by Telefonica Digital.

 


Makey MakeyAudience Favourite

This category is the Audience’s selection, we’ll let you know how to vote on the day.  The Prize for the winner of the Audience Favourite is a MaKey MaKey kit (x 4), donated by GitHub.

 


 

Air Quality Egg Sensor ShieldBest Science Hack

The Citizen Cyberlab Team will be judging the Best Science Hack entry. The Prize for the winning team is an Air Quality Egg Arduino Sensor Shield (x 3), donated by the Citizen Cyberlab.

 


 

HTML5 in ActionBest Mobile Web / HTML5

The Prize for the winning team is one copy each of the eBook ‘HTML5 In Action‘, donated by Manning Publications.

 


 

BDroidcon Londonest Android Entry

A member of the SkillsMatter team will be the judge for the Best Android Entry. The Prizes for the winning team are:


 

iOS in ActionBest iOS Entry

The Prize for the winning team is one copy each of the eBook ‘iOS In Action‘, donated by Manning Publications.

 


 

Windows Store App DevelopmentBest Windows Entry

The Prize for the winning team is one copy each of the eBook ‘Windows Store App Development‘, donated by Manning Publications.

 


 

Makey MakeyBest Hardware Hack

This category is the Audience’s selection, we’ll let you know how to vote on the day.  The Prizes for the winner of the Audience Favourite are:

  • Arduino in ActionA MaKey MaKey kit (x 4), donated by GitHub.
  • One copy each of the eBook ‘Arduino in Action‘, donated by Manning Publications.

 


 

Best ‘Other Features’ Entry (RFID, NFC, Sensors, Bluetooth, etc)

Third-Party JavaScriptArduinoGSMShield_Front_450pxThe Prizes for the winning team are:

  • An Arduino GSM Shield, donated by Telefonica
  • One copy each of the eBook ‘Third-Party JavaScript‘, donated by Manning Publications.

 


 

Entering the Hack Day

To enter the OTA13 Hack Day competition, simply fill out the online form that will be made available after the Keynote on Friday morning, and select the technology & thematic challenge categories that apply to your entry.

You will have until 10:00 on Saturday morning to make your submission, in order to allow sufficient time for the Judges to take a peek under the hood before the demo’s on Saturday afternoon. You should aim to show an actual working demonstration, but it need not be perfect. Mock-ups are nice for sharing an idea, and will be allowed on stage, but won’t win you any prizes.

It’s okay if your idea for an entry pre-dates the event, but the spirit of OTA is that you don’t work on it until you’re at OTA. New versions of existing apps will not be accepted.

There are some basic Terms & Conditions for entering the competition, which you can read here (and which you implicitly agree to when you submit an entry). But the two most important things to note are that all IP belongs to those who worked on the entry, and that anything presented during the event will be in the public domain.

Manning Publications donates Prizes for all

We are pleased to announce that Manning Publications is  donating Prizes toward the OTA13 Hack Day competition, as well as a free eBook and 42% discount for all  attendees.

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Manning publishes computer books for professionals–programmers, system administrators, designers, architects, managers and others.

“We think of our authors as the most valuable part of our business. We respect our readers and consider their interests and preferences every working day. Manning is a small, personal, old-world publisher where an author’s opinion is sought and a reader’s message is answered.

Manning’s focus is on computing titles at professional levels. We care about the quality of our books. We work with our authors to coax out of them the best writing they can produce. We consult with technical experts on book proposals and manuscripts, and we may use as many as two dozen reviewers in various stages of preparing a manuscript. The abilities of each author are nurtured to encourage him or her to write a first-rate book.

Our books are designed without gimmicks. Their main goal is elegance and readability–we feel the two are often the same. Our covers are understated, decorated with pictures of worldwide regional dress habits of two hundred years ago. Many of our books come with online reader support: authors answer the questions of their readers in our Web-based Author Online discussion forums.”

The Prizes

We will be working with the team at Manning Publications to select the books of interest to the Over the Air community. They have offered:
  1. One  free eBook download for all attendees of  Mobile Mapping Applications.
  2. A 42% discount on all manning.com products through an online offer.
  3. Free eBooks and pBooks to be given away as Prizes in the Hack Day competition.
More details will be made available as we get closer to the event.