Mobile App Development Contest

Announcing the first NJ Mobile App Development Contest!

You may be familiar with the concept of a hackathon. If not, allow me to explain:

Participants are invited to arrive at the event with nothing but an idea and a laptop. After forming teams and working through 24 hours of collaboration, each team will be given time to present their mobile app in front of a panel of judges.

Whether you're a newbie or a veteran, please come out. There will be food, prizes, and interesting folks aplenty. Developers, artists and designers welcome!

We're going big here. Tell your friends, because we're assembling great sponsors and judges in order to really make this an event to remember.

We have Converge Coworking hosting us for the entire 24 hours! Many thanks for their generous rate. These guys really share our vision of building the tech community here in New Jersey, and we thank them for their support!

$10 registration fee to cover the cost of the space. Any surplus will go towards future NJ Mobile events.

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Sponsors (so far):

* Converge Coworking has given us a great discount on the space.
* Linode is offering one 512MB Linux server for 1 year to the winning team.
* Twilio is providing a few credits to each participant, with a big bonus for the winning teams.
* oDesk is offering $100 worth of oDesk credits to the top five teams!
* Kazaam Interactive is providing dinner on Saturday evening to all participants.

If you have a sponsor you'd love to see here, let us know!

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Loose, Tentative Itinerary:

Saturday:
* 12PM - Registration
* 12:30PM - Finalize teams
* 12:45PM - Welcome
* 1PM - Start work!
* Late - Go home or soldier onward

Sunday:
* 12PM - Teams present their apps in front of judges
* 2PM - Everyone goes home exhausted, grinning

If you've never been to an event like this, I can assure you it will be an absolute gas.

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Details:

* Free food, pending sponsors. (Still need one for brunch, one for midnight meal)
* Teams. You may form them in advance or on the day of. Consider starting a forum thread if you want to put a team together!
* We may be kicking off the event with an iPhone or Android training seminar. Details to follow.
* Prizes - We have three prize sponsors we're speaking to. Two have already given verbal confirmation. If you know of a good organization to sponsor this event, please contact us!
* Judges - Still assembling the panel. We're ideally looking for prominent members of the NJ tech community. Forward any suggestions to us.

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Directions:

Converge Coworking is one block from the Union Station on the NJ Transit Raritan Valley line. It's about an hour's train ride from Princeton Junction and a 30-minute ride from NY Penn.

Check them out on Google Maps.

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More details coming!

Thoughts? Comments? Jibber-jabber? I'd love to hear it.

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  • A former member
    A former member

    Very interesting presentations. Great group of people, David and Mike, excellent job on organize the event!

    March 28, 2011

  • A former member
    A former member

    All, thanks so much for coming out! Hope you had as much fun and learned as much as I did. Will update some nice shots for you soon. Thanks!

    March 28, 2011

  • A former member
    A former member

    Awesome event, great people, great apps and great judges. Had a lot of fun, ate a lot and learned a lot. Would def do it again.

    March 28, 2011

  • A former member
    A former member

    gauntlet i mean..

    March 25, 2011

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hey Brian, you should shoot on over straight after your midterm. You'll ace that thing anyway. Question is.. will you ace the mobile app competition.. * guantlet thrown *

    March 25, 2011

  • Brian W.

    Hey Michael, Thanks for the info. Haven't decided if I'll be attending just yet because I have a midterm 9-12pm that Saturday. But hopefully it'll be over in time enough for me to make it there.

    March 24, 2011

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hi Brian, yeah it's a BYOSDK. You should have it on your PC and be ready to go! Let us know if you have any questions. We should also be able to help w/ installation on day of if need be, but advance prep is HIGHLY recommended.

    1 · March 24, 2011

  • Brian W.

    Just wondering but since this is a mobile App contest, what IDE/SDKs are you guys making available? Android SDK, BlackBerry SDK, iOS SDK??? Or do we have to provides these ourselves??

    March 24, 2011

  • A former member
    A former member

    Yes of course. Just RSVP above!

    March 24, 2011

  • Frantzdy R.

    IIm a first year computer science student Looking to learn. Can i still show up?

    March 24, 2011

  • Preston H.

    It was great to meet everyone on Thursday. See ya at the next event.

    March 7, 2011

  • A former member
    A former member

    Luis, I hope I answered your question in the earlier post.. we want to make this fun and creative. I think most would agree that it'd be more fair to only bring your brain and a bunch of enthusiasm.

    January 24, 2011

  • A former member
    A former member

    Joe, I think it's something you could benefit from. You've got a couple months now to beef up ahead of time and there's no faster way of learning than by jumping into the deep end and working with others to create something awesome!

    January 24, 2011

  • A former member
    A former member

    John, we aren't having strict rules, but I'd say it's ok to come with an idea, but you probably shouldn't come with code ahead of time. Some contestants might view it as an unfair advantage and not in the spirit of on-your-feet creativity and collaboration.

    January 24, 2011

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hi, sorry for the delay.. just catching up. Will reply to each question in turn..

    January 23, 2011

  • A former member
    A former member

    I'm interested in attending, but I am concerned about the level of prepared material brought to this contest by others and if there are measures being taken against someone bringing a mostly completed project to this event. I look forward to hearing from you.

    January 23, 2011

  • A former member
    A former member

    What are the rules about pre-preparation? For example, can I have it mostly designed ahead of time? What criteria will be used for judging the projects?

    December 8, 2010

  • David K.

    Mike fixed the payment problem. I verified by buying my own ticket. Give it a shot, folks.

    September 27, 2010

  • David K.

    Deb, thanks for catching that. I'll need to speak with Mike about that problem.

    As for an October Android event, let me confirm whether or not I'll be working in Jersey City this month. If I am, I think I may be able to line something up for that area on Oct 28. I've set up a feeler event here: http://www.meetup.com/njmobile/calendar/14909948/

    Let's take our discussion over there.

    September 27, 2010

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hey David- Tried to RSVP but it said Amazon payments was not set up yet. I'd really like to attend but need an Android Bootcamp pronto. Would prefer it be held in Oct. Want to help organize one with me? Maybe hold at ConvergeNJ? Let me know.

    September 27, 2010

  • David K.

    Spoke with the space. They prefer 12/4. Going with that.

    September 24, 2010

  • David K.

    September 24, 2010

  • David K.

    Balls. 4th weekend is Thanksgiving weekend. That may be problematic. Dec 4-5, then?

    September 24, 2010

  • David K.

    Update: I've got two prize sponsors interested! I need to get final confirmation before I name them, but things are coming together.

    For the date, I'm leaning towards looking the 4th weekend in November. Does this work for everyone?

    September 24, 2010

  • Craig

    Prasad: IMHO, alas Blackberry seems "so yesterday," but who knows, maybe their new OS and tablet can turn things up for them again? See: http://www.rcrwireless.com/article/20100923/ENABLERAPPS/100929978/research-in-motion-readies-a-new-os-and-tablet

    September 23, 2010

  • David K.

    If we hold events here in NJ, we can build a community by being relevant and accessible here. Sure, the pond isn't as big, but let's own the pond before we try to get too big for our britches. In any case, the NYC events still exist, and you can of course still attend them, as I do. I just mean to make the argument that we shouldn't stray too far out of our own ecolognical niche.

    September 22, 2010

  • David K.

    I see it as a matter of differentiation. In New York, there are PLENTY of organizations running hackathons and tech meetups. In NJ, we're just about the only show in town. Like it or not, we need to be mindful of the fact that we're different and that we can't beat the big boys in New York at their own game.

    If we try and host events in the city, the local groups will eat our lunch and we'll be just a me-too organization, a small fish in a big pond.

    September 22, 2010

  • Prasad R.

    Anyone interested in BlackBerry App development?

    September 22, 2010

  • Craig

    FWIW - I, too, would rather stimulate teh growth of our own NJ development community. The cost and time involved with going to NYC makes it less convenient than roaming the state (although once or twice a year I find some NYC event compelling enough to run that gauntlet).

    September 22, 2010

  • tim j.

    David, only reason I mention NYC is because some of these places are tech meccas, like 3rd ward

    http://www.3rdward.com/

    But I get where you are coming from..

    September 22, 2010

  • David K.

    Except for when they're an event sponsor. :)

    September 22, 2010

  • Craig

    fyi - If you were looking for free event space, I think co-working space usually isn't.

    September 22, 2010

  • David K.

    Tim, I'm very hesitant to hold the event in NYC. No real distinction between us and a New York group if we're holding events up there. I'd rather allow them their turf while we keep ours. Luckily, there are a few coworking spaces here in NJ who I'm speaking with and I've already had one person offer his office. It's looking like space is not going to be an issue.

    September 22, 2010

  • tim j.

    Forgot to add that I can get in touch with coworking spaces and see about scheduling possible times.

    Also, I like the idea of pre-formed teams..

    September 22, 2010

  • tim j.

    I can recommend some co-working spaces (although most of the ones I know are in NYC, but still, they have great resources and I'm sure would be interested in hosting something like this)

    September 22, 2010

  • David K.

    Thanks for the great feedback so far. I'd love to see "Team Newby!" I should also clarify that it'd be great to have some artists/designers join us. Techies can't do it alone!

    Re: Converge Coworking, I've been speaking with them. We may be working out a date where they are able to host us. Get excited!

    September 22, 2010

  • A former member
    A former member

    Just an FYI - do you know ConvergeNJ? They are a new co-working space over at Kean...kind of a nice middle-point for NJ folks. Might be a great place to do this if it happens.

    September 22, 2010

  • A former member
    A former member

    I've never been to an event like this but it sounds terrific. I'm in the same boat as Craig...lacking skills but hopefully that'll change. Craig...perhaps you and I could wing it just for a hoot as team Newby...lol. I agree...don't want to drag down any team, but perhaps we could raise the bottom?? Just a thought!

    September 22, 2010

  • Will P.

    Awesome idea! Let's do it!
    Teams: Yes

    September 21, 2010

  • Craig

    Nice idea. (Not for me - my skills aren't up to anything productive, & I wouldn't want to drag down any team.)

    Teams: yes, but also allow brilliant individuals to go it alone if they dare.

    Platform should be the team's choice, iOS or Android.

    Day of week: Anything but Sat +/or Sun would exclude most people (they have real jobs).

    Reusable code: To what extent allowed? Some may have built their own libraries; might be unfair. Maybe any publically-dnldbl code is okay?

    September 21, 2010

  • Prasad R.

    Team,

    Is that meetup meeting can be on Friday?

    September 21, 2010

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