20 Jun 2012
We’ve just about recovered! The team walked away with the Best Android Entry 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.
The Intohand team was Matthew Rollings, Tom Durrant, Elliot Long and Kieran Gutteridge, and each individual won a Galaxy Nexus, donated by Google, a ticket to Droidcon, and the book Android in Practice (donated by DroidCon) plus one of the Android books donated by O’Reilly Media (Android Cookbook, Programming Android, Learning Android).
Also at OTA Kieran participated to liberate our friends at Facebook of an honorary prize! Kieran worked with Chris Ross and each won a Samsung Galaxy S2 , 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).
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 which details the technical changes we have made. We did see Alice: she sends her regards.
All in all a fun and suitably demanding OTA. We look forward to next year’s event!