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Entries in April 2009

4 day weekend = 5K coding opportunity

Thu 9th Apr 2009 (The 5K App Competition)

Easter weekend is upon us and hopefully this means most people have a few days off work. So if you find yourself at a loss as to what to do, don't forget about the 5K App Competition. If you need a bit of inspiration check out these 4K games:

Or for those of you looking to do something a bit more serious you might find _why's 4K ruby webapp framework more inspirational.

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Video from 5K App Competition

Fri 24th Apr 2009 (The 5K App Competition)

Here's some video from the 5K App Competition:

It was originally streamed live on the night and there were a few issues getting things working, so it kicks in towards the end of my (John) demo's and mostly features Paul's demo.

I'll also soon be posting a proper summary of the night with links to all the entries.

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The 5K App Results

Sat 25th Apr 2009 (The 5K App Competition)

The 5K app competition went pretty well last Monday - thanks to everyone for coming along. In total there were twelve apps demoed.

Ian started proceedings with Brighton Job Doom - a twitter bot that posts summaries of listings from job boards. The idea being to track the effect of the recession (and hopeful rebound) on the job market in Brighton.

John then demoed the five 5k example apps (which weren't eligible for entry of course):

Paul was next up with three apps:

You can in fact see Paul demoing his apps on this video on ustream.

There then following a beer and cake break, during which Thomas held a hands-on demonstration of his hand-lathed drawing tops (spinning tops with pens in them to create interesting patterns):

5K App Competition at £5app 20th April 2009 5K App Competition at £5app 20th April 2009

After the break Armandas talked about the Electronic Junk Box Organiser he wrote. Unfortunately though we couldn't run it, as shamefully (for a Pythonista) I didn't have Python 3 installed on the demo laptop (doh!).

Dougie was next up with Where Are You a neat little mobile app that let you easily let your friends know where you are via GPS and SMS. Again though, demoing was foiled, but this time due to the subterranean location of the meet messing with GPS. However Dougie was prepared for such an eventuality with a movie of the app in action.

Finally Seb demoed his 3D Lunar Lander, complete with full history of how he took his original 2D moon lander clone and reduced it to 5K whilst also making it 3D.

Judging was decided via the highly scientific "volume of applause" method (as used in all good competitions) and Seb was declared the winner. Here's the Lunar Lander in action:


Lunar Lander 3D from Plug-in Media on Vimeo.

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