The winners of our Future/Capture competition were announced this past weekend in Lund, Sweden, where10 teams took part in the exclusive 27-hour Hackathon and transformed their ideas into working Windows Phone applications.
Our Future/Capture competition, opened at the same time we announced the Nokia Lumia 1020 phone and the Nokia Imaging SDK, challenged developers to come up with ideas for innovative imaging-based apps and hacks that make the most of the Lumia 1020. Developers from around the world submitted more than 1,000 ideas by the competition’s 31 July deadline. From these, our judges selected 10 finalists for an expenses paid trip to the Hackathon; four of the teams comprised two people, while the other six were soloists.
Our finalists came from a variety of backgrounds, ranging from students to experienced developers. Similarly, the types of ideas they suggested varied greatly, too. All were welcomed at the airport in Sweden by Evan Wilbrecht of Nokia Developer, who gave them each a Nokia Lumia 1020 to play with over the weekend and to test their apps on during the Hackathon. On Friday, 30 August, we took them for a short tour of Lund and treated them to a Swedish dinner. Then the Hackathon started on Saturday, 31 August, at 9 a.m., and ran continuously for the next 27 hours. Pretty much all the developers worked through the night, supported by Nokia imaging experts, who were available at all times.
All 10 teams managed to create a working demo by the end of the Hackathon. While all the entries were superb, in the end, our judges had to select just 3 winning apps
- Winners: Rudi Chen and Shida Li from Canada for their Smart Resizing app.
- First runner-up: Jason Podwojski from UK for Social Scene.
- Second runner-up: Matt Cavanagh from South Africa for a yet-to-be-named remote-control app.
All the winners went home with a Nokia Lumia 1020 and their apps will be showcased at an upcoming event. Rudi and Shida will also get an expenses-paid trip to the event where they will receive VIP treatment.
Want to see more about the event and hear more about some of the ideas and apps? Watch the wrap up video of the weekend.
View this Future/Capture HackBlog from Mac Morrison, one of the contestants, on Tumblr.
And congratulations to all!