Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Freaky Friday 2012.0 Results!

It was a rip roaring show and IDVers put together a pile of fun and inventive stuff.  After a rigorous and highly formal vote of peers, here are your Freaky Friday 2012.0 winners…

Most Original
This cool and fascinatingly eccentric topic came right out of nowhere and hit stunned voters squarely in the nose.  A tie (ironically?)!

Neeta made a Dispatch Soundscape that pulled in live streaming emergency response audio by mousing over US Counties.

Andy made a VF Desktop Image Cycle that converts the live status of any VF/VCC app into a continuous desktop background slideshow.

Most Needed
Upon the unveiling of this project, an audible steam hiss will be heard as the idea comes into contact with red-hot demand, followed quickly with a great sigh of relief and the clapping of high fives.  This project scratches a persistent itch.

Justin improved the Basemap Tiling Scheme to efficiently pre-load batches of imagery above and below a user’s position to reduce basemap gaps during navigation.

Most Marketable
This project is the most likely to be seized upon by eager peers of all sorts, poured enthusiastically into a messaging crop duster, and blasted into a parched market with great relish.

Abhinav created a Pseudo 3D Basemap Overlay that stacks multi-floor building floorplans into a vertical tower when the map is tilted or rotated.

Most Promising
Maybe it isn’t in a state of demonstrable fruition yet, but this project lives within that honorable intersection of ‘beautiful in concept, clear in intent, and feasible in scope.’

Daniel created Remix, an automated feed and attribute detection and configuration engine that presents a sequential UI for discovering and defining visualization preferences in VF.

Best of Show
Of all the projects, this stands out as generally the most awe-inspiring.  Maybe it was one of the categorical winners, or maybe it wasn’t somehow, but in any case this is the project that gets hoisted atop the shoulders of rapturous teammates and paraded around the field.  Then, a couple decades go by and ‘oh, I was Best of Show this, and Best of Show that’ and everybody has heard the tired old stories of the glory days and wishes the Best of Show topic would just give it a rest already.

Adam H. created the SuperUltraMegaFind, a one-stop text input that shows feeds, feed items, fly-to options, and ad-hoc feed results as you type.

Each category champion was the recipient of a lavish gift bag containing...

  • A securely stapled and heavily graffitied dollar bill,
  • a tube of the Glue of Resourcefulness,
  • a Spritzer of Skill,
  • a Glow Stick of Insight,
  • a Hammer of Persistence,
  • and Unrepentant Bragging Rights.
  • The Best of Show winner received the Sweatshirt of Triumph, upon which are the signatures of the vanquished.

Thanks to all who participated and supported our first smashing Freaky Friday!  I’ll post a more detailed visual recap of all the projects soon.  In the meantime, get ready to live.

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