This past week I had the opportunity to serve as one of the judges for a local Web 2.0 competition called Reto 2.010. IBM is one of the sponsors for this competition and the local team asked me to be a judge.
Teams from all around the island submitted proposals. The top 6 proposals were selected and teams were asked to prepare a presentation and prototype. Each team had 45 minutes to present their idea. As a judge, there were three areas I had to look at:
- Tecnical Innovation
- The use of state-of-the art tools, algorithms, methods and techniques.
- Creative use of the API’s Integration.
- User Experience
- Easy to use and effective User-centric design.
- Use of effective User Information/Interaction Architecture Patterns.
- Commercial Potential
- Simple but clear monetization methods.
- General revenues models
I really enjoyed the opportunity to see what these college students could come up with. I have to say, though, I was a bit disappointed to see that most students decided to create either a .NET or PHP web application. Next year, I plan to give a workshop to students and introduce them to IBM Mashup Center.
The winner has been selected and each team member will get $3000 plus a trip to the next Web 2.0 conference. The winner will be announced on June 12th. Stay tuned!