So Codebits ended last thursday night. It was the best conference I attended in a long time.
We had pretty good house (I would love to know official numbers, but I would say that about 300 people where around), and at the end of the contest, 47 projects, some goofy, some hardware hacks, a bunch of mobile hacks, and a lot of web stuff. I think it was a good participants to projects ratio.
The 90 seconds per project presentations where very cool, and it gave a very good rhythm to the whole thing. At the end, 10 lucky winners (I suppose the winner list will be online sometime next week) got a great set of prizes: Xbox 360, Macbook and Vaio laptops, O'Reilly books, iPods, and lots of other stuff.
Of all the projects, two of my favorite projects won a prize: a Pong game based on distance sensors, and a presentation about a slideshow organizer for pictures of porn sites (the presentation didn't include the pictures of those sites, but he did put up a porn movie in the background, audio-only during his 90 seconds...). Just for the record, the last one won the humor category.
Two other projects that didn't win but deserve a mention: the first, called GPlat. Its a simple website for playing games. I liked it because it matches some of the work I want to do with the SAPO Messenger client. The second, Use Your Head, is another pong game but this time you control your pad using a web-cam and facial recognition.
(Update: I was mistaken, Use Your Head did win a prize. Thanks to JoaoP for the correction)
As for me, it was a blast participating, and being part of the jury. If they had pre-bookings, I would put my name down for the next year.
Update: more links to photos, videos and blog posts:
- videos at SAPO Videos;
- photos at Flickr;
- Isa Costa summary;
- Especialistas (several cartoons about Codebits).
Update 2: official wrap-up post by Celso.