On Thursday 10th October myself and two others from a team of four took the train down to Leuchars to take part in the UIST 2013 Student Innovation Competition being held at St Andrews as part of the 26th UIST Symposium.
The team was made up of four of our 3rd year undergrad Computer Science students who were all quite busy undertaking a 1 year full-time work placement at various locations around Aberdeen, working for the likes of companies focused on Software Development and the Oil Industry. We heard of the competition in perhaps early August and had a few weeks to put an application together. Towards the end of August we received the hardware – consisting of a Prototype from Microsoft of their (FDK) Fountain Development Kit. The mission was to use the FDK to create a new and interesting means of interaction. I should say a big thanks to (http://www.codify.ltd.uk) for sponsoring our team.
The competition on Thursday evening was quite amazing, I believe that we were probably the only undergrad team present out of about 30 entries. PhD students from near and far took part, such as from the likes of Dundee just a few miles from St. Andrews to MIT and beyond.
On the day of the competition our team met up at the train station in Aberdeen around 14:30 so we could get to the venue and start setting up for around 17:00. The judging took place between about 18:00 and 20:00 followed by the conference dinner. We had to leave early to catch the 21:33 train back to Aberdeen, getting in around 23:00. At which time the conference was still going strong, and from some tweets I saw continued well into the early hours of the following morning.
The variety of entries was quite amazing, the following videos should give you some sense of what they were like. Should you wish to look at them directly on YouTube then you can access the following Playlist. You can also access some 200+ photos from the event on Flickr.
Details of the winners are available on the competitions web page (http://www.acm.org/uist/uist2013/contest.php).
The 1st Peoples Choice Winner was for WaterPong.
The 2nd Peoples Choice Winner was for XBox H2O.
The 3rd Peoples Choice Winner was for Team BIT.
The 1st Creativity Winner was for Team Flame Challenger.
The 2nd Creativity Winner was for Team Ring Ding Dong.
The 1st Usefulness Winner was for Team TUM IN.
The 2nd Usefulness Winner was for Team Fillagio.
Some of the other Entries included
All those at the event were kept warm with some Gas Fired Heaters !