The Kinect for Windows hackathon in Dallas last weekend, July 18–19, was an amazing event, thanks to the 114 developers and designers who willingly gave up their Friday evening and all day Saturday to explore the potential of the new Kinect for Windows v2 sensor and the SDK 2.0 public preview.
Big thanks to Skip Howard and Computer Visionaries for helping to organize such a great event, to The Dallas Entrepreneur Center for providing the awesome venue, and to local Microsoft evangelists Jason Fox, Nathalie Goh-Livorness, and Anna Lergaard for going above and beyond in collaborating with us in Dallas! The projectsMy team and I left inspired by the creativity and passion that all of the 15 presented projects displayed. We were absolutely blown away by the three winning efforts. The top prize of US$500 and two Kinect for Windows v2 sensors went to the creators of Super Dueling Golem Dudes, a two-versus-two game in which a player’s gestures control moving platforms that help his or her teammate shoot at their opponent. Earning second-place honors—and $250 and a Kinect for Windows v2 sensor—was the team that developed Kinectergarden, an educational app that lets young children explore their environment and learn new words, objects, and skills. The third-place prize of $100 and a Kinect for Windows v2 sensor was snagged by Put Me in Space, a project that allows users to create a photograph of themselves anywhere in (or out) of this world.
More than 100 eager hackers put the Kinect for Windows v2 sensor and the SDK 2.0 public previewthrough its paces.
And the winners are…
The other 12 projects presented on Saturday night were:
We have more hackathons scheduled this summer, and we’d love to see you at one of them. Just click the link to register.
Thanks again to all who took the time to join us in Dallas. I got a big jolt of energy from the collected creativity and passion. If you have questions or need help, please use the following resources:
You can also email me at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have other questions or just want to say hi.
I hope to see you at a future event!
Ben Lower, Developer Community Manager, Kinect for Windows