Canonical Ltd., the Ubucon Germany 2015 team, and the UbuContest 2015 team, are happy to announce the results of the first UbuContest today! Over the last couple of months our community developers from all over the world have worked hard to create innovative and creative apps and scopes for the converging Ubuntu world of the future. 22 contest entry submissions qualified for the contest, and we received seven nominations for the „Outstanding contribution“ categories.
So without any further ado: Here are the winners!
Best Team Entry: First place goes to Team ReMoTe for „Falldown“, which already was the most popular game in the store last month. Second place goes to Team UbunTouch-fr for their „OpenFoodFacts“ app, which we featured in our first UbuContest Story.
Best Individual Entry: First place goes to Simon Stürz for „Monster Wars", another game that immediately became popular among our users. The incredibly addicting „Click the Cookie“ game got Jorik van Nielen the second place, and the third place is awarded to the popular „WifiTransfer“ utility written by Stuart Langridge.
The Outstanding Non-Technical Contribution category is awarded to Kevin Feyder for his many design contributions to various projects.
The Outstanding Technical Contribution category is awarded to Niklas Wenzel for his continuous work on the core apps and especially for working on IMAP notifications.
Convergence Hero: The jury decided to not award a prize in this category. While many of the contest entries already work more than one form-factor, e.g. phone and desktop, out of the box, no entry made creative use of the possibilities.
We congratulate all the winners and hope to meet you all at Ubucon Germany 2015 in Berlin.
One of the first participants who responded to our interview call was Jimmy Lejeune, the team leader of Team UbunTouch-fr. His team develops the “OpenFoodFacts” app, which provides access to OpenFoodFacts, a “food products database made by everyone, for everyone”.
The database does not only list ingredients, but many other details like nutritional value, packaging, a list of stores which sell the product, a list of countries it is sold in etc.
The OpenFoodFacts app for Ubuntu acts as a frontend to the website and adapts the information to the phone screen. Judging from the screenshots, the user interface is nice and tidy. You can find the app in the Ubuntu App Store.
How did you come up with the idea for your app?
It started with a proposal to make an application received through our website ubuntouch-fr.org. We have chosen to create this application because we want to reach as many users as possible.
How long have you been working on it?
We are working on this application since 06/16/2015.
What are your experiences with the Ubuntu platform? Was it easy to
build your app, what were the challenges?
The biggest challenge is the creation of the icon, in fact the current time we still do not have an icon :)
How do you develop your app? Do you already own an Ubuntu
phone/tablet, do you use the desktop, or maybe both?
All persons involved in the application developement already own an Ubuntu phone (“official” or not).
How did you hear about UbuContest? When did you decide to enter?
We have heard of UbuContest thanks to the Ubuntu Developer Blog article. We talked about it before we decided whether we would participate or not.
If you win first place, will you travel to Ubucon Germany in Berlin? If no, why so?
Yes we will take the time to travel for the chance to meet you.
How are you going to split the prizes among your team members?
We will see when it happens, because we are not after the prizes but participate to show that the site is fully invested on Ubuntu for mobiles.
Canonical Ltd., the Ubucon Germany 2015 team, and the UbuContest 2015 team, are happy to announce the first UbuContest today! We are excited to bring you an engaging, enlightening, community-organised competition, where the Ubuntu community brings forward innovative, creative and incredible apps, scopes and ideas for the converging Ubuntu world of the future. Contestants from all over the world will have until September 18, 2015 to build and publish their apps and scopes using the Ubuntu SDK and Ubuntu platform, starting today.
We know it's not all about shiny new apps and scopes! A great platform also needs content, great design, testing, documentation, bug management, developer support, interesting blog posts, news, technology demonstrations and all of the other incredible things our community does every day. So we give you, our community members, the opportunity to nominate other community members for prizes!
We are proud to present five dedicated categories:
- Best Team Entry: A team of up to three developers may register up to two apps/scopes they are developing. The jury will assign points in categories including "Creativity", "Functionality", "Design", "Technical Level" and "Convergence". The top three entries with the most points win.
- Best Individual Entry: A lone developer may register up to two apps/scopes he or she is developing. The rest of the rules are identical to the "Best Team Entry" category.
- Outstanding Technical Contribution: Members of the general public may nominate candidates who, in their opinion, have done something "exceptional" with an Ubuntu-based device, Unity8, Mir, etc. on a technical level. Each jury member has one vote, and the nominated candidate with the most jury votes wins.
- Outstanding Non-Technical Contribution: Members of the general public may nominate candidates who, in their opinion, have done something exceptional, but non-technical, to bring the Ubuntu platform forward. So, for example, you can nominate a friend who has reported and commented on all those phone-related bugs on Launchpad. Or nominate a member of your local community who did translations for Core Apps. Or nominate someone who has contributed documentation, written awesome blog articles, etc. The rest of the rules are identical to the "Outstanding Technical Contribution" category.
- Convergence Hero: The "Best Team Entry" or "Best Individual Entry" contribution with the highest number of "Convergence" points wins. The winner in this category will probably surprise us in ways we have yet to imagine.
Our community jury panel members Laura Cowen, Carla Sella, Simos Xenitellis, Sujeevan Vijayakumaran and Michael Zanetti will select the winners in each category. Successful winners will be awarded items from a huge pile of prizes, including travel subsidies for the first-placed winners to attend Ubucon Germany 2015 in Berlin, four Ubuntu Phones sponsored by bq and Meizu, t-shirts, and bundles of items from the official Ubuntu Shop.
We wish all the contestants good luck!