I’ve been following the Ultimate Coder Challenge and, after six gruelling weeks, the end is almost upon us. With the competition so tough, I’m not sure how the judges will reach their decision. It seems that as the contestants are wrapping up, the judges’ work really starts.
For their app, John and the team at Soma Games have gone for a winning formula: a robots and football game called Wind Up Football. It may sound like they’ve been having a lot of fun, but John does acknowledge the trickiness of including all the Ultrabook features in a user-friendly way. They’ve triumphed though, and have also managed to optimise the app for multi-platform deployment – which I’m sure is going to make the judges see this as a big hit in the long run.
In Lee’s final blog, he gives us a nice demonstration of his Love Hearts app. He seems to make fantastic use of the Ultrabook by integrating as many of its features as possible. Taking it beyond the development phase, he addresses the monetisation issue by using in-app tokens in the Windows Store and using his Freedom Engine platform to make the purchase codes. His vision for the app is almost contagious, and sure to win him some brownie points among the judges.
Shailesh has done a great job in making biology exciting in his BioIQ app. His use of the Ultrabook’s touch design standards has been one of the outstanding features of this app. The Windows 8 and AppUp versions are ready to go. Read Shailesh’s post here – he’s (rightfully) pleased with how everything’s wrapped up.
George and Suresh, from Blue Innovations, take a look back over the past six weeks and note how the Challenge is just as much about the journey as the destination. Nice! They’ve made some clever moves along the way, such as integrating NFC into their MoneyBag app, which allows users to note financial transactions on their smartphones and transfer them to their Ultrabook so they can analyse their personal finances.
Sagar and his team at Althea Systems have made their social video app, Shufflr, one of the most exciting new apps for the Ultrabook. It’s relevant for the current marketplace too, and Sagar blogs about AOAC (Always On Always Connected) and push notifications, eventually allowing network updates to come in every 10 minutes.
As a one-man team, Andreas has been working hard throughout the competition. It’s not been without its difficulties though, as he reveals in his blog. He’s added a flashcard game with semantic zoom to his vocab training app, which I’m sure is going to win usability points among the judges.
The past six weeks have been a coding rollercoaster and each of the teams has had its ups and downs. But they’ve all accomplished a lot in such a short time, providing an invaluable bank of knowledge for future app developers. The winner is going to be announced on October 8th – who do you think will be crowned Ultimate Coder?
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