The event was intense, spanning 3 days. In that time, attendees had to pitch ideas, form teams, and code like heck to have a working prototype to demo by Sunday evening.
Friday evening, we had over 50 pitches. Afterwards, people had a chance to mingle and find teams that they wanted to work with. Groups whiteboarded and discussed their ideas, then started working hard. Over 30 coders were still working past 2:00 am Saturday morning.
Sunday night we had 32 presentations of working applications followed by wooden nickel style voting to determine the winner. The crowd chose Videowave, a Wave gadget that allows synchronized viewing of videos from YouTube. They were awarded 1 pass to Google I/O '10, 2 G1 phones, and lunch with members of the Wave team.
The list of winners:
- 1st place: Videowave, by Solomon Wu, Aaron Tong, Nelson To. (their blog)
- 2nd place: H3LP, by Jen McCabe, Steve Okay, Stig Hackvan, Andrey Petrov
- Android app and mobile web app for emergency medical situations. If launched, app locates you and notify authorities and emergency contacts.
- Mobile web vers: al3rter.appspot.com
- 3rd place (3 way tie)
- PoppyWave, by Hitesh Parashar, Van Riper, Kewaljit, David Elliston, Dave Lyman, Prathap Nimal, Dave Neubaur, Toby Morning, Perrine Crampton
- Wave-Email Gateway that lets non-Wave users to participate in Wave.
- Robot: email@example.com
- BeerTime Bot, by Jason, Aaditya, Joe
- Measures hostility level in a Wave. If too high, hijacks thread and geolocates participants and suggests nearby drinking establishment. Robot and gadget components.
- Robot: firstname.lastname@example.org, Gadget XML
- Open sourced code: beertime, meetuptime
- Cutebox, by Audrey Roy
A fun slideshow of the event:
The Silicon Valley Google Technology User Group is one of the first GTUGs around the world. Today around 70 GTUGs exist worldwide. Information about starting a GTUG in your area can be found at http://www.gtugs.org. The first GTUG Campout was a great success and we are looking forward to doing the event next year, and hope other GTUGs will host GTUG Campouts in their neighborhoods.
By Kevin Nilson, co-leader of the Silicon Valley Google Technology User Group