After some serious queueing, Emma is doing her bit on stage, thanking sponsors and staff, as we wait to hear who has made it through to the finals.
I’ll try to keep a record of the presentations as they go, wifi permitting…
Emma announcing the winners! Five in each prize stream… Was trying to cover write them all down and got lost when both our teams got through! Yeah!
Introducing the judges: Lily Cole, Conrad Wolfram, Aral Balkan, Jonathan Luff, Thomas Grassey.
All the hacks have been uploaded to the YRS site – browse for them here.
Each team had 3 minutes to present with another 3 minutes for Q&A.
I wish I’d Thought of That stream
Clever Wherever – geolocates you and tells you if they are near a crime or accident hotspot, to help them avoid these hazards. To make it attractive to teenagers, they also tell you about fun points of interest near you. A six-person team, including two well-spoken little girls who delivered a pitch with more confidence than many adults I’ve seen.
Digital Ticket – digitaltick.it – a prototype for a train ticket carried on your mobile. Also carries live information about your journey, your aggregate travel data and finds people you know who are also in the station. It is a great idea that shows there is much more to the idea of digital ticketing than just QR codes.
Humap – http://www.github.com/Stansbridge/Humap – I saw this group earlier on. It is a great concept, making satnav directions understandable by including obvious landmarks, such as a churches or a Tesco.
TwitTone – two-person team – turns tweets into sounds, so you can listen to Twitter.
Alertify – two-person team – a notification service for upcoming books by your favourite authors, such as Katie Price. Uses Twilio and the Amazon API. Is thinking the idea could be used with any type of new release you want to know about.
Best Examples of Code stream
New Neighbourhoods – iPhone app to show you broadband speed, crime and schools information for your local area. They also made a web app, an Android app and a SMS interface. Blimey.
Postcode Wars – six-person team – take two postcodes and they battle it out. Compares house prices, crime, etc. across several categories. The app looks really nice. Mobile-optimised too.
A Nice Day Out – helps you find beaches to go to, and lots of photos and information about them, such as whether the water is swimable. They made use of the DEFRA API, but found it tricky, as you could only query by a square of latitude and longitude coordinates, and they wanted to query by a radius around the person. This involved a lot of complicated-looking maths.
Streets of London – Shoreditch Works team! – team of 5 – strategy game where you govern a London borough, adjust policy to raise money and make people happy, then try to win election campaigns to take over other boroughs. Very funny presentation that got a great response as they taxed the residents of Hackney into oblivion.
Marauder Map – marauder.me – Max and Lisa (and Ed in absentia) – app based on the mapp of the same name from Harry Potter. Signing in with the voice recognition API received a big round of applause. Loads of people signed in and were plotted on a map, and the map moves around as all the marauders wind their way to their destination. Great presentation. By the way, Max is 12 and Lisa is 11.
Code A Better Country stream
Closed Circuit TwitterVision – displays CCTV images tweeted by the Cheshire police of people they are looking for. Scrapes the pages the police put up and displays the images in a better interface.
Bike Safe – one-person team – to make cycling around the UK safer by showing you all the cycling accidents on a map. You put in a starting point and destination, and it will tell you how many crashes are on the route. You can adjust your route by dragging on the map, and the accident count is updated. He found that the data he wanted from the police needed to be altered because the accident IDs were longer than Google would allow him to use. This seems like good feedback for the police API.
World Wide Health – an educational site about the risks of smoking and alcohol consumption. Had a BASIC app embedded in the page to show you the stats for countries. There was a survey to fill in that affected the country stats. They showed a deeply funny video about smoking and a bottle-smashing Flash game. Oh, and an anti-smoking Flash game. Very prolific, very diverse, disconcertingly young.
Why Waste A Vote? – Shoreditch Works team! – a website to inform young people about the basics of politics and get them engaged with their local MP and voting on bills. Picked up on the idea of getting to youngsters before they can vote for real. Great response on Twitter and lots of interested questions from the judges.
City Safe – a game to test your knowledge of how to be safe when you are out of the house. Prevention by education. A three-person team. They mocked the game up in Scratch, which was very funny given the 8-bit style graphics. They also had a road safety mini-game made in Blender.
Best In Show stream
This stream had 6 minutes to present.
TruMPs – toptrumps.rosspenman.com – three people, Ross, Miles and Brandon – solving the problem of not knowing how MPs compare: Top Trumps using MPs. Some very lovely card-flipping animations using CSS3. They had to scrape some of their data, but part of it came from TheyWorkForYou. They had play-tested this with the MP for Carlisle. Also… Brandon, the 8-yr old third member of the team, built an Android version using Google App Builder, which is now in the Google Play store (Chums for Android). There was a cool little video to illustrate Brandon’s progress through the week. The judges loved this and played around at the end on Brandon’s iPad.
Bookify – five-person team called HyperText – a mobile site that helps you track your reading, gives you recommendations based on what you read, and shows you whether you can get it at your local library. Funky interface based on the idea of books stacked on top of each other. They wanted to recreate the discovery experience that you have in libraries.
Way To Go – wtg.dytry.ch – fixes the problem of badly designed products intended for disabled people by crowdsourcing what they themselves think about them. A mobile web app, which had a high-contrast mode for people who are colour-blind. They had some plans for the future which all sounded really useful, and I think this app is a brilliant idea that would help a lot of people. It shows the benefit of choosing to fix a problem that you are intimately familiar with.
Manchester Image Archive – this was great the first time round (Jack was presenting in Space 2 earlier) and it is still great. This opens up the whole idea of using crowdsourcing to add meta data to historical archives. This app lets you match up Google StreetViews with photos of Manchester drawn from the Manchester Archives. Jack then imagined an augmented reality app where you hold your phone up to a building and see what it looked like in the past.
SmartMove – a visualisation tool for comparing qualities of areas, such as primary schools or crime, and then finding a house to move into in that area. What makes this different is that you can rank the qualities to reflect your own take on social compromises. A very slick iPad app, written in Objective-C. They have released an API that the third member of their team used to create a web app.