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, viagra Samsung Electronics launched the Samsung Mobile SDK, sale 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, shop 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, viagra 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 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.

Search for the Heaviest Mobile Website

Our friends at 51Degrees.mobi have launched to Heaviest Web Site 2013 Competition

Enter for your chance to win $1000

The web has a weight problem, and mobile devices are struggling.

51Degrees.mobi understands that in order to offer a great mobile web experience, you need to optimise your website for performance. This means slimming down your mobile page weight in order for it to load quickly and efficiently.

All over the web there are heavy, poor-performing mobile websites and 51Degrees.mobi wants you to find them!

To enter:

  1. Search the web for the largest mobile web site (in kbs) you can find
  2. Use the button below to enter the domain
  3. 51Degrees.mobi will perform the official weigh-in and announce the winner on the 28th of September 2013

If you find the mobile website with the largest page weight you will win a whopping $1000.

Unsure how to test a website for it’s mobile page weight? Follow the tutorial blog: Testing your website for mobile performance

Thank-you to our Prize Sponsors

The Hack Day is a central part of Over the Air, with lots of great creativity and hard work through the night – and we are so thrilled that we are able to award an amazing selection of prizes to the winners of the various Hack Day Challenges and categories.

This wouldn’t be possible without the generosity and support of the following companies:

 


O’Reilly Media

For the last two years, the lovely people in the O’Reilly Media London office have donated the most amazingly broad range of practical and useful wireless programming books. Be sure to make good use of the free eBook Voucher that was provided to all attendees!

This year they awarded:

 to Tom Hume for It’s Good to Talk, Terence Eden for Bletchley Sonata, and Team Intohand (Matt Rollings, Tom Durrant, Elliot Long and Kieran Gutteridge) for Live Quiz in the Best Android Entry category.

to Team SDK Dub Remix (Kieran Gutteridge and Chris Ross) for their winning entry Stop Blocking the Beats in the Best iOS Category.


to Team Wendy (Matt O’KeefeDexter Dillinger, Laura Sanders, Trent Walton, Claire Scantlebury, and Matt Hunt) for their entry How Many Beers, in the Best Windows Phone Award

to Team Umbicord (Sandor Toth) for his entry Umbicord in the Best Hardware Hack category.

to Team Threedom (Matt Oakes, Rob Douglas & Luis Abreu) for their winning entry Boot to Threedom in the Best Mobile Web category

to Team QRtists (Tristan Roddis and Nigel Crawley) for their winning entry QR Codebreakers in the Best Tablet category

 


LEGO

LEGO Mindstorm have really become a much-loved fixture of Over the Air with a robot hacking session on the workshop programme, and a history of great Hacks on the Demo stage. As they did last year, LEGO have generously given away all of the sets which were used during the workshop session as prizes for the Hack Day.

This year they awarded sets to:


 


Vodafone Group R&D

Possibly one of the most coveted prizes this year was the Raspberry Pi , more due to the difficulty of obtaining one than it’s market value. Vodafone Group R&D generously awarded an RP to Terence Eden for his entry  Bletchley Sonata, which won the Best in Show award, selected by the Judges.

The winners of  the Vodafone Embedded Hardware Hack Challenge were Ali Bros & Dylan Jones for their entry Dude, Where’s My Car? Ali and Dylan each won an HTC 1 X phone, a k3770 modem, a SIM payt 20 credit, and an mbed, donated by Vodafone.

 

 


The Bletchley Park Trust

Along with a Bletchley Park T-shirt, the lovely people at Bletchley Park Trust gave a First Day Cover stamp from the Bletchley Park Post Office, signed by Jean Valentine (one of the original Bletchley Park Wren’s).

This was awarded to Team TACS ( Thomas Hopper) for his winning entry The Bletchley SMS Encryptor in  the Bletchley Park Challenge.

 


HMGCC

The HMGCC were out large and in style at Over the Air again this year, letting people know about the many great job opportunities on their team, and this year they engraved a Motorola Xoom 2 especially for the event.

This was awarded to Team DoTank (Phil Willoughby) for his winning entry Snique in the Secure Communications Challenge.

 


Facebook

Facebook very generously donated a Samsung Galaxy S2, which went to the winners of  the Facebook Open Graph Challenge – Ali Bros & Dylan Jones for their entry Dude, Where’s My Car?

 


Blackberry

The team at Blackberry very generously donated a Blackberry PlayBook for the Best User Experience award, which went to Team Glitch (William Morland ) for his entry Pepin

 

 


 NOKIA

The Nokia Team brought a huge box of Lumia 800s with them to the event, some of which they gave away on-the-fly to developers they were having conversations with about the WindowsPhone platform (give us a shout if you were one of the lucky ones!)

The rest they awarded as prizes to:

 


Samsung

The team at Samsung, even though they unfortunately couldn’t make it out to the event, very generously awarded an Samsung Galaxy S2 to Team Glitch (William Morland ) for his winning entry Pepin in the Best Use of Open APIs / Open Data category.

 


Google

Google very generously donated and awarded a Galaxy Nexus to the winners for the Best Android Entry: Tom Hume for It’s Good to Talk, Terence Eden for Bletchley Sonata, and Team Intohand (Matt Rollings, Tom Durrant, Elliot Long and Kieran Gutteridge) for Live Quiz.


DroidCon / WIP

Thibaut Rouffineau of WIP (Wireless Industry Partnership) & the Droidcon London team brought an arm full of awards for the winners of the Best Android Entry:

  1. Free tickets to Droidcon 2012
  2. the book Android in Practice
  3. other Android Goodies…

The awards went to Tom Hume for It’s Good to Talk, Terence Eden for Bletchley Sonata, and Team Intohand (Matt Rollings, Tom Durrant, Elliot Long and Kieran Gutteridge) for Live Quiz.

 


Ansca Mobile

Although they couldn’t join us this year,  Ansca Mobile  very generously awarded a a Corona Pro subscription  (a value of $349 per year) to Team Recently Engaged (Dom Hodgson and Heather Burke) for their winning entry I Hope This Works in the Best Game Category.


BlueVia

Blue Via awarded a “Goodie Bag of Geekery”, which included a Crumpler bag, a mifi, a fitbit, solar charger & other small electronic gadgets like headphones, & healthy edibles – to Team Hyperiron (Hercules FishermanPaul TannerSarah Mount & Nikita Korotaev) for their winning entry Jatrobot in the Best Use of Other Features Category.

Hack Day Awards – part 2

The Results of the OTA12 Hack Day

[hr]Audience Favourite

Sam Machin - photo credit Martin Cunningham

The winner of the Audience Favourite Award was Sam Machin for NS Tweet:

This is the twitter client MacGyver would use if he were stuck in a Hliton Hotel room with their expensive paid WiFi, or if he found himself in a repressive state that had blocked twitter access eg Iran, Syria, etc. 

I’ve written a server that allows you to send tweets hidden inside DNS traffic, most networks allow DNS to pass freely and due to the nature of the system it relays the request through various servers until it gets to the destination, now you can tweet with nothing more than an nslookup command.

I haven’t yet got receiving of messages working but that’s on the plan using TXT records so right now its sending only, also this is more of an API/Platform as I don’t have any pretty clients, but hey if you’re stuck in the desert with nothing more than half a hair pin, a rugby ball and a pay-walled wifi connection you can now tweet!”

Sam won a LEGO Mindstorm Kit, donated by LEGO.

[hr]Best in Show

Terence Eden - photo credit Martin Cunningham

The winner of the Best in Show Award was Terence Eden for Bletchley Sonata:

“Music of the spheres – a melodious journey through the environment. A piece of music so sumblime it defies all explanation!”

For samples of the music, listen to Jamillah Knowles’ interview with Terence Eden on the BBC Radio 5 Outriders programme (the last interview on the clip). Terence won a Raspberry Pi donated by Vodafone Group R&D.

[hr] The Bletchley Park Challenge

Bletchley Park award - photo credit Steve Karmeinsky

Team TACS ( Thomas Hopper) won  the Bletchley Park Challenge for his entry The Bletchley SMS Encryptor:

An Android App to allow the little ones to send encrypted text messages to each other and intercept them for code breaking. Two simple cyphers to use and try to break. Themed for Bletchley Park in striking orange.”

Thomas won a First Day Cover from the Bletchley Park Post Office, signed by Jean Valentine (one of the original Bletchley Park Wren’s) – donated by the Bletchley Park Trust.

[hr] The Secure Communications Challenge

HMGCC award - photo credit Steve Karmeinsky

Team DoTank (Phil Willoughby) won the Secure Communications Challenge for his entry Snique:

“I wanted to do something relevant to the location; so I have chosen to attempt to thwart part of signals intelligence, namely traffic analysis. As it’s often said: any idiot can invent a secure communications system that they cannot themselves break, so I look forward to one-day being told the flaw in this scheme.”

Phil has posted more information about Snique on his blog, including how it works, and has made the client demo available on Github. Phil won an engraved Motorola Xoom 2, donated by HMGCC.

[hr]The Facebook Open Graph Challenge

Facebook Award - photo credit Steve Karmeinsky

The winners of the Facebook Open Graph Challenge were Ali Bros & Dylan Jones for their entry Dude, Where’s My Car?:

“We’re making a web enabled car tracking unit. Using GPS and OBDII interfaces location and engine data are collected and sent to a web server over a 3G link using ARM’s mbed and the Vodafone 3G dongle. Facebook’s open graph is used to share the road trips and tag pictures or friends in each trip. we’re also hoping to use RFID for authentication and a color LCD to deliver a nice user interface to the user. Facebook enabled Android and iOS apps are also developed to provide access to the information on the go.”

Dylan has posted the App here. Ali and Dylan each won a Samsung Galaxy S2 , donated by Facebook

[hr]Honourary Facebook Prize

Kieran Gutteridge and Chris Ross each won a Samsung Galaxy S2 , donated by Facebook, for their “repair” work on the Facebook iOS SDK.  Check out their work on GitHub. (You may also want to check out Chris Banes‘ fixes to the Facebook Android SDK on GitHub)

[hr]The Vodafone Embedded Hardware Hack Challenge

Vodafone award - photo credit Steve Karmeinsky

The winners of  the Vodafone Embedded Hardware Hack Challenge were Ali Bros & Dylan Jones for their entry Dude, Where’s My Car?: “We’re making a web enabled car tracking unit. Using GPS and OBDII interfaces location and engine data are collected and sent to a web server over a 3G link using ARM’s mbed and the Vodafone 3G dongle. Facebook’s open graph is used to share the road trips and tag pictures or friends in each trip. we’re also hoping to use RFID for authentication and a color LCD to deliver a nice user interface to the user. Facebook enabled Android and iOS apps are also developed to provide access to the information on the go.” Dylan has posted the App here. Ali and Dylan each won an HTC 1 X phone, a k3770 modem, a SIM payt 20 credit, and an mbed, donated by Vodafone.

 

[hr]Dan’s Challenge

Ricardo and Elena receiving the prize from Dan & Lasse of LEGO - Photo credit Martin Cunningham

The winner of Dan’s Challenge was Team ET Bot (Blanca Tortajada, Elena Perez, and Ricardo Varela) for their entry ET Bot:

“We are on to take Dan’s challenge and build something that is a mashup of Social, Space open data and Lego Mindstorms! wohoo!”

Follow the ET Bot on Twitter. The team won a LEGO Mindstorm Kits, donated by LEGO.

Hack Day Awards – part 1

Best Science Hack

Paul Tanner with Jatrobot – photo credit Luis Abreu

The winner of the Best Science Hack award was Team Hyperiron (Hercules Fisherman, Paul Tanner, Sarah Mount & Nikita Korotaev) for their entry Jatrobot:

“In view of impending shortage of food, to build sustainability, we would like to deploy as many sensors as possible to get realtime feedback of plantation and the land they grown on.

We employ various mobile or stationary sensors to collect realtime data to a central server together with historical data that is collected along with other third-party data, such as weather forecasts, to determine or recommend suitable nutritional need at required resolution on the ground.The alerts can be sent via choice of methods SMS, email, twitter or Voxeo.

In time we would have historical analysis of the data where we could compare with other data collected and suggest best course of action, we would also take into account the weather forecasts for instance to plan watering level needed or nutritional values as we are sampling the time and location of the sensor reading this allows us to target more granular level possible. “

Hercules has posted more about Jatrobot on his blog, as has Paul on his blog, and their slides are on Slideshare.
The team won  LEGO Mindstorm Kits, donated by LEGO, and a Nokia Lumia 800, donated by Nokia.

Best User Experience

William & William – photo credit Steve Karmeinsky

The Best User Experience award went to Team Glitch (William Morland ) for his entry Pepin:

“There are glitches in the matrix all around us but so far there is no fun instinctive way to share them. If you see a funked up ATM then of course you want to tell your friends (and possibly the bank) but that isn’t a natural thing for a normal user and it certainly isn’t fun.”

William won a Blackberry PlayBook, donated by Blackberry.

 


Best use of Open APIs / Open Data

The Best use of Open APIs / Open Data award went to Team Glitch (William Morland ) for his entry Pepin:

“There are glitches in the matrix all around us but so far there is no fun instinctive way to share them. If you see a funked up ATM then of course you want to tell your friends (and possibly the bank) but that isn’t a natural thing for a normal user and it certainly isn’t fun.”

William won a Samsung Galaxy SII, donated by Samsung.


Best Android Entry

There were three winners for the Best Android Entry:

Tom Hume – photo credit Martin Cunningham

Tom Hume for It’s Good to Talk:

Phone calls are more than the sum of their parts: the act of making a call is a demonstration that you’re thinking of someone. Inspired by the Bob Hoskins-voiced BT adverts of the 1980s, this Android app does one very simple thing: whenever you phone one of your Facebook friends, it silently posts posts that fact onto Facebook. It’s either a public declaration of care that goes beyond just clicking “like”, or one step further towards a world without privacy, depending on how you feel about this sort of thing…”

Terence Eden for Bletchley Sonata:

“Music of the spheres – a melodious journey through the environment. A piece of music so sumblime it defies all explanation!”

For samples of the music, listen to Jamillah Knowles’ interview with Terence Eden on the BBC Radio 5 Outriders programme (the last interview on the clip). Team Intohand (Matt Rollings, Tom Durrant, Elliot Long and Kieran Gutteridge) for Live Quiz:

“The idea involves a general quiz game with a twist – it’s not just played in parallel with each person on a phone, but they are playing together, getting each question simultaneously, plus information about how the other players are doing on the same quiz. Entry into the quiz is as simple as scanning a QR code. It is a cross-platform app, running on iPhone, Android Mobile and Android tablet.”

Terence, Tom & Thibaut – photo credit Steve Karmeinsky

Each individual won:

 


 Best iOS Entry

The Best iOS Award went to Team SDK Dub Remix (Kieran Gutteridge and Chris Ross) for their entry Stop Blocking the Beats:

“Our survey says there is grave situation in the Facebook iOS SDK.  We hunted the native OTA Facebook engineers and once caught, we explained our thoughts in a highly pleasant and structured fashion. Voices were only raised in excitement and jubilation.  The result of the conversation with our now great mates, was a hearty challenge to look into solving some of our grievances. So we did.

Our course of attack was to boldly go, where no developer has gone before, and rewrite the Facebook client SDK for iOS. We have a readme at https://github.com/hiddenmemory/facebook-ios-sdk/blob/master/README.md which details the technical changes we have made. We did see Alice, she sends her regards.”

Kieran and Chris won the O’Reilly books: Programming iOS 5Building iPhone Apps with HTML, CSS and JavaScript , and Learning iOS Programming, donated by O’Reilly Media.

 


 Best Windows Phone Entry

Team Wendy – photo credit Martin Cunningham

The Best Windows Phone Award went to Team Wendy (Matt O’Keefe, Dexter Dillinger, Laura Sanders, Trent Walton, Claire Scantlebury, and Matt Hunt) for their entry How Many Beers:

“Track what your friends are drinking including measurements and the chosen consuming technique.”

Each team member received a Lumia 800 , donated by Nokia. The winning team also received the books Microsoft Windows Phone 7 Developer GuideProgramming Windows Phone 7 – Silverlight Edition, and Programming Windows Phone 7 – XNA Framework Edition,  Building the Real Time User ExperienceTapworthy, and Gamification by Design, donated by O’Reilly Media.

 


Best Game Entry

Dom & Heather – photo credit Martin Cunningham

The winner of the Best Game Award was Team Recently Engaged (Dom Hodgson and Heather Burke) for I Hope This Works:

“Conferences, Hack Days, Barcamps and other events where you need to get a bunch of people into a room and tell them to sit quietly whilst someone finds an mac connector for the right model.. no not that mac.. the latest mac.. anyway where was I?

Yes, We’ve built a hack to entertain and provide some must needed distraction for the audience throughout the day. If it actually works…”

Dom and Heather each won a Corona Pro subscription  (a value of $349 per year), donated by Ansca Mobile.

Best Use of Other Features: Bluetooth, NFC, RFID and of course Messaging

The winner of the Best Use of Other Features Awards was  Team Hyperiron (Hercules FishermanPaul TannerSarah Mount & Nikita Korotaev) for their entry Jatrobot (See the Best Science Hack award above for more details.)
Hercules has posted more about Jatrobot on his blog, as has Paul on his blog, and their slides are on Slideshare.
The team won a “Goodie Bag of Geekery”, which included a Crumpler bag, a mifi, a fitbit, solar charger & other small electronic gadgets like headphones, & healthy edibles – all donated by Blue Via.

Best Hardware Hack

Emily – photo credit Steve Karmeinsky

The winners of the Best Hardware Hack award were Team Umbicord (Sandor Toth) for his entry Umbicord:

“This project is a multiple development. Once you install the app on your Andorid phone, you are able to read QR codes. If you read the QR code, activity is generated on your Facebook timeline, and at the same time the server stores your QR code. An embedded controller polls the server via Vodafone 3G and makes your decision live (eg. switch on something).Where can it be successful? On events if you have a tilt with 3 different QR codes, symbolise 3 different activity or product. The visitor scans the QR code, creates social activity for the event and at your stand as well.
and Team Robohack (Emily & George Tilley) for their entry Fred:
“a 12 year old girl showed off her hack that used the light from an iphone to set off a robot to throw items (which amusingly flew into the audience and hit a few prime coders)” – Jamillah Knowles, The Next Web.
Each team member won a LEGO Mindstorm Kit, donated by LEGO, and share the O’Reilly books  Arduino CookbookMaking Things See, Make a Mind-Controlled Arduino RobotEnvironmental Monitoring with Arduino, and Getting Started with .NET Gadgeteer, donated by O’Reilly Media.

 


Best Mobile Web / HTML5 Entry

The winner of the Best Mobile Web Award was Threedom (Matt Oakes, Rob Douglas & Luis Abreu) for their entry Boot to Threedom:

“Making a simple 3-button interface for B2G”

Read more about the Threedom interface on which this hack was based on the Ribot blog.

 The Team won the O’Reilly books jQuery Mobile,  Mobile Design Pattern Gallery,  Designing Mobile InterfacesHTML5: Up and RunningHTML5 Cookbook, and HTML5 and CSS3, donated by O’Reilly Media.

Best Tablet Entry

The winner of the Best Tablet Award was Team QRtists (Tristan Roddis and Nigel Crawley) for their entry QR Codebreakers:

“Multiplayer game where players scan QR codes to reveal a scrambled word. They must then switch to ‘decypt’ mode and re-scan in the correct order to solve the anagram.”

Tristan and Nigle won the O’Reilly books iPad: The Missing ManualMotorola Xoom: The Missing Manual, and iPad programming , donated by O’Reilly Media.