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Postby Yokelassence » Tue Dec 14, 2010 9:12 am

I thought I should explain my 'lazy' attitude lately. I promised I would get working on that multilevel version of DI a few weeks ago but nothing came out of it.

Well what has been going on is the Imagine Cup which I signed up for last month. I joined a team of students at my university and we plan on building a semantic web application for Windows Phone 7. I have been focused on collaborating and planning this project with my team.

In the last few weeks we have reached the latest top 20 with our project proposals. Just this week I attented the induction meeting at Microsoft HQ here in Auckland, I got to meet with my supervisors, hear the agenda of the competition and explain our project with some notable figures in the industry. I think we got some genuine interest in our project

Now im doing some research on Azure which we plan on incorporating into our project. However there's still a buttload of work to do in order to get this project off the ground.

At the same time I am doing this I am also job searching. Got an interview this thursday in fact...so yea, not much time to make D2X-XL levels. :cry:

I didn't help that I shamefully procrastinated and made a whole much of Starcraft maps but I promise I'm finished with that now and from now on any further mapping efforts will go into D2X-XL :P

That's not to say I cannot do anything at all. I promised myself I would focus on getting a job now and commit to other projects afterward but I should have room to at least address a bug Karx mentioned yesterday, getting started on that might pave the way for other accomplishments in my time schedule.

So anyway, I'll do what I can with DI while I have the chance but if it turns out that I can't do anything at all then I might just submit the current WIP of my latest missions and maybe some determined community member can finish them.

Also if you know a thing or two about Windows Phone 7 development or if you have been in the Imagine Cup before yourself, I definitely want to hear from you! :D
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Postby Sirius » Tue Dec 14, 2010 9:55 am

Congratulations ... and yeah, I was in the NZ Imagine Cup the first year it was running. It was much smaller in those days though, and we didn't make the final three, but still, an interesting experience. Generally, what I would recommend to do better: have as many people in your group as you can possibly manage, and make sure they're all good contributors. If you want to win, you'll not only need a good idea but to execute it well, and that requires people that can produce results. You probably already have that pretty much set though. :)

I haven't touched WP7 development yet though. There are a couple of apps I had in mind to build, but I haven't gotten there yet. I have ... uh, yeah, a D2X-XL level to get out of the way first.
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Postby Yokelassence » Wed Dec 15, 2010 10:27 am

We are limited to about 4 people but we all know each other and we all understand what we can do. I don't think there's any concerns about that.

We got one guy who knows mobile app development and C#, another on frameworks and architecture, one on usability, stakeholder relations and project management and I'm on usability and web design. However we all have the necessary training in each others roles so we could be pretty self supporting

We definitely want to win

So what did you do in the I-Cup Sirius? What was your project?
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Postby karx11erx » Wed Dec 15, 2010 10:30 am

Yokelassence wrote:stakeholder relations and project management

Stakeholder relations actually are only one of about a dozen items in project management. ;)
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Postby Yokelassence » Wed Dec 15, 2010 11:12 am

I know, I took project management during my degree too ;) I highlighted that aspect specifically because this person is really good at getting out there and getting in contact with VIP's. It's amazing how quickly she's managed to find the right people. We already have a meeting arranged tomorrow with one of our stakeholders and we plan on getting a few user requirements out of it.
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Postby karx11erx » Wed Dec 15, 2010 11:43 am

Stakeholders aren't necessarily VIPs ... :roll:
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Postby Sirius » Wed Dec 15, 2010 4:48 pm

It was a program for creating interactive stories written in WPF.
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Postby Yokelassence » Wed Dec 15, 2010 11:53 pm

@Karx, I was using 'VIP' loosely to describe people of interest in our project. You knew that, quit nagging. :strange:

@Sirius, ok, so was that towards any particular Millennium goal? Or did you enter the project before Microsoft came up with the Millennium goals?
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Postby Sirius » Thu Dec 16, 2010 6:45 am

Think that was the preceding year to when they started using the UN Millennium goals for themes... but the theme of the year was education.
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Postby Ben K » Thu Dec 16, 2010 7:24 am

It's funny how many of those teams are looking for someone like me to help them out. (un)Fortunately, I'm ineligible. :D
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Postby Alter-Fox » Thu Dec 16, 2010 6:33 pm

Curious whether Sirius and Ben were on the same team...

I've always had this feeling that you two actually know each other.... :P
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