It’s Sunday night and before the weekend is out I should really complete the final post of this year’s #OTA13 musings.
The avid reader to the last few day’s furious blogging will notice the lack of a satisfactory end to this 36 hour story. It is only now that I can share that with you…
Our little web app terf was awarded winner in the Best Mobile Web / HTML5 category at #OTA13. I’ll tell you that as a team we were nothing short of astounded when our app and names were read out by Margaret and we received our prizes of the Hello! HTML & CSS book and four Firefox OS Geeksphones. You can watch the first person 15 second Instagram clip and check out our surprise for yourselves.
I’ve said it before but I’ll say it again… the bulk of the hard work and sacrifice was borne by our super developer Sunil who set the whole thing up and made it work everywhere it should work (tent front and tent stage), our amazing UXD and secret front end dev, Tyrell who worked tirelessly late in to Friday night and through the best part of Saturday to make it look like something people might actually want use and also integrate my own shoddy logo and icons into for our iPhone demo. Last but not least there was Kjell (pronounced Shell) who took our idea and wrapped it in some presentation magic to show it off to the rest of #OTA13.
Following the closing session at #OTA13 we had a quick chat with the judges who told us that as well as being impressed with the app itself, they could see that we’d thought through what the applications of the app were, who could use it and that they could see commercial potential in it as well. I think that’s something for us all to be quite proud of.
Moments of note were primarily when terf started to work in the area’s of the tent that we’d defined using their respective long/lat references., being able to physically move from one chat to the other and back. Sunil integrating The Cat API to alow terf users to be represented anonymously by a random cat avatar (because every hack needs to use an API and feature a kitten), hearing that someone had found Tyrell sleeping inside a bean bag igloo in the marquee on Friday night / Saturday morning. There were certainly more amazing moments but the tiredness overtook most of us before we got to show terf to the masses to remember them all.
So for the bunch of first timers who were unsure that what we were making was even worthy of a hack day entry in the first place, I think we did pretty well and hopefully showed the potential of what else can come out of Blackwell’s digital development teams in the future. Well done everyone who took part and hopefully see you all again at #OTA14 (or #OTA17 if Matthew is to be believed).