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Made In Express Winners Announced

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    ali_raza_sh​aikh

    ping back from Dan Fernandez Blog Post


    The Winners Are In!

    Today we officially announced the winners to the Made In Express Contest including the Grand Prize ($10,000 US), First Prize, and Community Choice winners. The competition was tight and the voting even produced a tie for first place. Rather than breaking the tie, we’ve decided to recognize two First Prize awards! Read on to see who Robert Scoble, Phil Torrone and Chris Pirillo voted for:

    Grand Prize Winner


    Ernie Hall
    Cincinnati, Ohio, USA
    Project: All terrain self-maneuverable robot

    Ernie’s all-terrain self-maneuverable robot was a huge favorite with the judges. “Ernie Hall’s robot just stood out,” says judge Robert Scoble, “His videos, blogs, and the project itself made it a clear winner right away.” Ernie encourages everyone to keep on learning, recently posting “You can learn C# even if you are 65” in his blog. As a professor at the University of Cincinnati, Hall now plans to turn his code and blog entries into a course for my computer science and engineering robotics students.

     

    First Prize Winner (tie)


    Ali Khalid Lahore
    Punjab, Pakistan
    Project: Instant IM Translation

    Ali’s idea to help people communicate via instant messaging in different languages came from a personal need, “I have a friend in France whose English is not so good, so whenever we are talking on the MSN Messenger, I copy what ever he says, paste it into a translation service, then type my reply in English, translate it into French and copy it back in MSN Messenger.” From the start, people loved Ali’s idea to bring people closer together, “…what i mean to say that your idea will help many people out there, it'll help communicating with people so i wish u good luck with your idea,” says one commenter on his blog.

     

    First Prize Winner (tie)

     
    Jonas Martinsson
    Petah
    Tikva, Israel
    Project: Personalized print newspaper/magazine

    Jonas helped us all take a step closer to publishing our own newspaper based on the news we care about. FeedJournal is “actually a little glimpse of the future…it will likely be a common way for readers to ‘roll their own’ magazines in the near future” says judge Phil Torrone, Senior Editor of Make Magazine. Jonas plans to continue development of FeedJournal and even aspires to make a commercial version of the application available.

     

    Community Choice Winner


    Sanchez Roman Canlas
    Makati City, Metro Manila, Philippines
    Project: A curmudgeon chat bot

    Roman’s curmudgeon chat bot styled on the popular television show “Dr. House” was a big favorite with the community voters. Clearly, thinking about the larger community is a big deal for him. “The fun thing about this competition are the diversity of people involved in it,” says Canlas, “We can conclude that technology is universal despite of your race and color”.

     

    Congratulations to the Winners
    Big congratulations to Ernie Hall, Ali Khalid Lahore, Jonas Martinsson, and Sanchez Roman Canlas for their hard work in making their ideas come to life!

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    Chadk

    Wow, 65. I must say that is really impressive! Big Smile

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    Rossj

    ali_raza_shaikh wrote:
    

    Read on to see who Robert Scoble, Phil Torrone and Chris Pirillo voted for:

    Grand Prize Winner


    Ernie Hall  and Team, with code written and completed before the competition began.




    There you go, fixed that for you.  I am unsurprised that nobody wants to talk about how this *team*  won a competition were it was supposed to be individual contributors - a quick mail to Mr P come up with a one word reply ...

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    Minh

    Rossj wrote:
    ali_raza_shaikh wrote:

    Read on to see who Robert Scoble, Phil Torrone and Chris Pirillo voted for:

    Grand Prize Winner


    Ernie Hall  and Team, with code written and completed before the competition began.




    There you go, fixed that for you.  I am unsurprised that nobody wants to talk about how this *team*  won a competition were it was supposed to be individual contributors - a quick mail to Mr P come up with a one word reply ...


    Ha! He's a professor at my alma mata -- University of Cincinnati.
    It's OK then.

    Go Bearcats!

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    geekling

    Rossj wrote:
    
    ali_raza_shaikh wrote:

    Read on to see who Robert Scoble, Phil Torrone and Chris Pirillo voted for:

    Grand Prize Winner


    Ernie Hall  and Team, with code written and completed before the competition began.




    There you go, fixed that for you.  I am unsurprised that nobody wants to talk about how this *team*  won a competition were it was supposed to be individual contributors - a quick mail to Mr P come up with a one word reply ...


    Even Wikipedia comes up with citation URLs!

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    Angus

    Oh well, I was hoping that the AJAX IRC Client would win. That looked like a great competition, and an inspiration to people using Visual Studio Express Editions like me. Tongue Out

    Angus Higgins

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    littleguru

    Rossj wrote:
    
    ali_raza_shaikh wrote: 

    Read on to see who Robert Scoble, Phil Torrone and Chris Pirillo voted for:

    Grand Prize Winner


    Ernie Hall  and Team, with code written and completed before the competition began.




    There you go, fixed that for you.  I am unsurprised that nobody wants to talk about how this *team*  won a competition were it was supposed to be individual contributors - a quick mail to Mr P come up with a one word reply ...


    Sounds like a scandal... Hmmm. Not good, not good at all. Isn't Express here for the hobbyists? I guess they made him win, to make other universties think if to use Express Editions.

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    ZippyV

    Let's Slashdot/Neowin the website and the judges!

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    ZippyV

    Rossj wrote:
    

    ali_raza_shaikh wrote: 

    Read on to see who Robert Scoble, Phil Torrone and Chris Pirillo voted for:

    Grand Prize Winner


    Ernie Hall  and Team, with code written and completed before the competition began.




    There you go, fixed that for you.  I am unsurprised that nobody wants to talk about how this *team*  won a competition were it was supposed to be individual contributors - a quick mail to Mr P come up with a one word reply ...


    Fixed the size issue.

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    Rossj

    jaylittle wrote:
    Thats pretty crappy MS.  Good game guys.


    I still don't think anyone from MS is going to comment on it, but I'd prefer it if they did - even if it was just to say "oops, an oversight, sorry all" - but I do feel for those individuals that put in so much effort to be denied a place in the final few because of an 'oversight' albeit one that casts VS in such a good light - look you can use it to buiild robots.

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    Rossj

    *cough*

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    littleguru

    Rossj wrote:
    *cough*


    *sigh* Smiley

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    Tensor

    Yeah, but its a Robot. So, its like, OK. Or something.

    I mean, compared to a team of academics winning a competition for individual hobbyists with code they allready wrote, thats more important, right?

    Errr.....

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    Tensor

    I for one welcome our new C# Express robot overlords...

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    Rossj

    Tensor wrote:
    

    I for one welcome our new C# Express robot overlords...



    You're not trying to keep this thread on top until there is some sort of response from MS are you?

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    Tensor

    I dunno, but I have a sneaking suspicion SOMEONE is....

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    Rossj

    Tensor wrote:
    

    I dunno, but I have a sneaking suspicion SOMEONE is....



    What do you mean?

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    Another_​Darren

    Well it's not me trying to keep it at the top...

    ...oh bother, I just have!

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