Project Hawaii: XAPfest Contest Wraps Up (Winner Announced)September 7, 2011 No Comments
Microsoft held a student driven contest recently called ‘Project Hawaii XAPfest’. In the event students were able to show off their apps for Windows Phone. With Microsoft’s Project Hawaii XAPfest Contest coming to a close, the top 8 apps were…
- 8 Tracks Player (Gary Roumanis) â€“ Beautiful app for the 8 Tracks music service. Makes great use of Windows Phoneâ€™s panoramas. Most amazing was that Gary, frustrated by the ongoing, months-long wait for an Android version, created this app in two months in his spare time.
- Breadcrumbs (Shreyas Thiagarajasubramanian) â€“ Helps people discover more about their surroundings by showing tags (images, audio, video, text) for places and locations. Now I can see real-time pictures from the spots Iâ€™m thinking of checking out.
- Hands Free Cook (Roberto Sonnino and Ian Christopher) â€“ Following a recipe on a phone with dirty â€œkitchen handsâ€ while cooking isnâ€™t something most of us would want to do. This app uses speech recognition to control the app and then reads recipes & instructions out loud so I can keep my phone free of kitchen grease and grit.
- Headshot (Julia Schwarz) â€“ Iâ€™ve tried taking self-portraits with my phone and often have to do a few takes to get it lined up properly. Not anymore.Â With this app I can get it perfect the first time due to the appâ€™s facial recognition and audio feedback.
- Music Cloud 7 (Andrei Borodin) â€“ Enables music to play on multiple phones at the same time. Imagine attending a party or event with everyoneâ€™s phone playing in sync. Gives a whole new definition to â€œsurround sound.â€
- Optical Search (Marvin Cheng) â€“ Recognizes all the words in a picture and then gives you the ability to pick & choose which words to use in a search. Look up something in a textbook or get help with a crossword puzzle.
- â€œPictionaryâ€ (Tara Balakrishnan) â€“ This app uses Hawaii services to enable multiple people from anywhere to connect in real-time for a game of drawing and guessing. Guessers type their answers for the drawer to respond to. To top it off: Tara was the only high-school student in the finals.
- Ringify (Alex Weingart and Matt Asplund) â€“ Takes advantage of Mangoâ€™s new custom ringtone feature and allows you to quickly make ringtones out of your own music. Select the song and the section of the song you want as your ringtone.Â My phone has been ringing like a G6 recently.
All the finalists apps sounds like great ideas but only one could go one to win the grand prize. Oh and what a grand prize it was – the winner would receive a free trip to Hawaii. The winning app ended up being Headshot by Julia Schwarz.