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- Hey everyone
- I'm John Karahalis
- You can reach me at my website
- I manage the Mozilla Dev Derby and want to talk a little about it
- First, let's take a look
- [pull it up]
- So What is the Dev Derby
- Monthly web development contest
- Highlight a different technology every month
- To compete in a contest, your demo needs to use the technology of that month
- This month: [gold topic]
- After that: [silver topic]
- And finally: [bronze topic]
- We announce the winners on Hacks
- Within about a month
- If you don't know about Hacks, you should
- Our blog for web developers
- Advocate for the open web
- Has anyone heard of Chrome Experiments?
- Site similar to the Derby
- Gives developers a chance to show the world what they can do with Chrome
- Dev Derby is a response to that
- You don't need Chrome to have amazing experiences on the web
- Think about mobile
- You don't need to learn how to write Android apps to create real native-like experiences
- You don't need to learn how to write iOS apps to create real native-like experiences
- You don't need to learn Java to make use of a mobile phone's camera
- You don't need to learn Objective C to build apps that are sensitive to orientation
- And as I said, this is about the web, not just Firefox.
- Most demos submitted work in multiple browsers, and we think that's great.
- Some examples!
- SnappyTree was a recent winner
- Incredibly powerful. Real 3D design on the web.
- You can even export the trees you create for desktop applications
- A little addicting. Who knew.
- The Face Builder
- Fun little game
- On mobile, supports touch to move the pieces around
- HTML5 Audio Read-Along
- Really interesting. Simple but powerful.
- Supports skipping
- Supports clicking on words
- You can imagine some real world applications here
- HTML5 Trombone
- A trombone that you play by resizing the browser window
- By the way, check out Responsive Design View
- You can even play real songs on it!
- Santa's Media Queries
- [demo it]
- One of my favorites. Why?
- Awesome demo. Really creative. Only 71 lines of code.
- You don't really need to do much to do something really, really creative
- But it's only for experts, right?
- Many winners tell me they knew nothing about the monthly topic before starting
- Six out of eight of the most recent winners -- 75% -- had never competed in the Derby before
- We always have a beginner-friendly introduction on the Derby homepage
- If you would like more background than what we provide, no problem
- Just grab me today or contact me via email -- again, that's on my site
- First place wins a Samsung Galaxy S III
- One of the best phones on the market right now
- Second place wins a Rickshaw laptop bag
- Probably the best laptop bags you can buy
- Really, really solid
- Third place wins this awesome Dev Derby t-shirt
- Woo prizes!
- Nobody cares about the prizes
- What follows are actual, verbatim quotes from Dev Derby contributors after they won.
- Another one, after I mentioned the prize to our first place winner
- So why do these people participate if they don't know what the prizes are
- From my discussions with winners, three things
- The Dev Derby is a great way to learn about new technologies.
- A monthly challenge that you can rise up to!
- If you participated in every Derby -- one demo per month...
- You will improve your skills in ways you couldn't even imagine
- Your resume will be incredibly strong
- You will be a much better web developer, and it will be fun.
- I really mean that.
- Pushing the web forward
- Show the world that we can build things that
- Work anywhere
- On any device
- Still provide amazing, native-like experiences
- Finally, exposure
- Many of our contributors -- not always winners -- have become famous for their work
- Here's one from reddit
- Another demo became really popular on Hacker News
- And this guy's library -- he created a demo using it -- got over a thousand followers on GitHub
- Mozilla Hacks. I always do an interview with the winner.
- At least two (that I know of) employees went on to get a job with Mozilla
- And at least one other person I know interviewed
- And that's just a couple of examples
- And we do have the real prizes, if you care about stuff like that
- So plenty of reasons to be excited
- Contest ends on the last day of the month
- Groups and Mozilla employees are not eligible.
- Probably nobody here is an employee
- That doesn't mean don't talk
- It doesn't mean don't share ideas
- If a group can claim ownership, submit to Demo Studio instead
- Same thing, same benefits, just no prizes
- Just about giving everyone an even playing field for the purpose of the contest
- So that's it... that's all I've got.
- Any questions?
- Alright, thanks and have fun!
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