Intel’s Ultimate Coder Challenge is a unique competition where 6 developers go head to head to develop the ultimate Ultrabook app. But I like to think of it as the coders version of Top Chef. The challenge will take place over the next 6 weeks, as six developers work to develop apps that take full advantage of the performance advances, graphic prowess, and touch and sensor technologies that are available in the latest generation of Ultrabooks. The developer with the best app will win a cash prize, and the title of “Intel Ultimate Coder.”
I am participating as a judge in the competition, and over the next couple of weeks, I will be following the progress of these developers as they work to complete the ultimate Ultrabook app.
The 6 “contestants” have just recently received their new Ultrabooks and have begun to talk about their app ideas and strategy.
Lee – Lee hasn’t spilled the beans yet about what the app will do exactly, but the app is called Love Hearts, a candy brand that can be found in the U.K., and it’s described as “an ambitious attempt to combine social messaging and gaming into a single fun and surprising experience.”
John – John is bringing Wind Up Football to the Ultrabook and says that the game will push the new Ultrabook, and in particular, Windows 8, to the limits. The game is based on similar gameplay that can be found in their successful Wind Up Robots game.
George & Suresh – This dynamic duo is taking their MoneyBag app and reinventing it on the Ultrabook with new enhancements and features. MoneyBag is an app designed to help manage your finances and keep track of spending habits.
Sagar – Sagar is taking his Shufflr app and reinventing it for the Ultrabook. Shufflr is a social video app that helps users find, watch and share videos on the web.
Shailesh – Shailesh’s BioIQ is a picture puzzle game that is being brought over to the Ultrabook as well. The game is designed to be a fun way to learn biology.
Andreas – Andreas wants to take the HTML5 vocabulary trainer app that he created a while back and make it into a swankier touch-enabled metro-style Windows 8 app.
Overall, the developers certainly have very different concepts for the Ultrabook apps that they want to develop. At the end of the day though, it’s not really much the app concept that will win this challenge, but how well the app takes advantage of a 3rd gen Ivy Bridge Ultrabook. It will be interesting to see how these apps take advantage of the Ultrabook’s unique features. In particular we look forward to seeing how well implemented these apps are with the Ultrabook’s touch and sensor features.
For more information about the Ultrabook Challenge, go here.
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