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Hack Week III Winners

October 15th, 2008 by

After very careful deliberation, we’ve chosen the winners from Hack Week III. The categories were: Best Cross-Pollination Team, First Penguin Awards, and the Best Overall Projects.

The Best Cross-Pollination Team: Awards the project that connects different teams, and raises awareness of each other’s work.

First Penguin Award: Awards the project that goes out on a limb to try something difficult and risky… and probably fails.  Named in honor of the first penguin to jump into the water when there may be predators swimming below.

Best Overall Projects: Goes to the projects that the panelists thought were “best” for one reason or other. Surprisingly enough, we had a tie for first place on this one!

And the winners are:

  • Best Cross-Pollination Team: Andrew Wafaa, for his videos of openSUSE Staff and Members
  • First Penguin Award: Lynn Bendixsen and Jason Douglas, for their work enabling driver upgrades for installing Windows para-virtualized drivers
  • Best Overall Projects:
    3rd Place: Cornelius Schumacher, Frank Karlitschek, Sebastian Trueg, and Dirk Mueller for Social Desktop
    1st Place Tie: Jakub Steiner, for designing a replacement for the openSUSE “headline” font, Cholla
    1st Place Tie:Robert Lihm and Andreas Demmer, for their work improving the openSUSE landing page.

The judges for Hack Week III were: Brady Anderson, Joe ‘Zonker’ Brockmeier, Olaf Kirch, Lars Marowsky-Brée, Hendrik Vogelsang, and Andrew Wafaa. Thanks for their time and effort judging the entries.

Thanks also to everyone who participated in Hack Week. We had a lot of great ideas and work come out of Hack Week and we learned a lot about getting the openSUSE community outside of Novell involved in Hack Week.

At this time, we’re planning another Hack Week in the spring 2009 time frame. More details will be announced then. Have suggestions for future Hack Weeks? Leave a comment here, we’d love to hear them.

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9 Responses to “Hack Week III Winners”

  1. suseuser

    Congratulations to the winners.

    And here comes my suggestion:
    I would like to see something to get rid of those flashcookies, without deleting them by hand. In generell I would like to see more applications with a focus on privacy-protection. Not that I am paranoid. I just don’t like it, if someone does something with my machine, my data. There should be a “Hardening Suse”-tool.

  2. Ralf

    Speaking of protecting the user’s privacy, there is an interesting project, run by Camilo Viecco. He is building an Onionrouter similar to TOR, but his TDOR is using UDP instead of TCP.

    One can download it at http://www.cs.indiana.edu/~cviecco/oscode/tdor/. I think such software should be supported by the community, because Data Retention is on the way.

  3. Kenneth

    Jeje vakano pertenecer a esta unida comunidad de software libre con sus concursos y demaas
    Aqui les habla de latinoamerica un chico de 13 años que trata de distribuir OpenSuse (GranDistro)

    JejejDE COLOMBIA PAL MUNDO!!

  4. From Spanish to English:

    HAHA. It is cool to belong to this united community of free software with their contests and others. Here speaks a 13-year-old boy from Latin America who tries to distribute OpenSuse (Grand Distro)

    Haha FROM COLOMBIA TO THE WORLD!

  5. The winner is the judge too? How come?

    * Best Cross-Pollination Team: Andrew Wafaa
    * The judges for Hack Week III were: Andrew Wafaa.

  6. No second place?

    3rd Place: Cornelius Schumacher, Frank Karlitschek, Sebastian Trueg, and Dirk Mueller for Social Desktop
    1st Place Tie: Jakub Steiner, for designing a replacement for the openSUSE “headline” font, Cholla
    1st Place Tie:Robert Lihm and Andreas Demmer, for their work improving the openSUSE landing page.

  7. Congratulations to the winners!