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The first UX@HP Conference - HUGE success! :-)

UX@HP Oded Klimer

Recently  we conducted our first UX@HP conference, which was a HUGE success. We had a full auditorium in our HP Yehud site in Israel with participants from across the entire hi-tech industry!!!

 

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HP Anywhere – Wins MobITS IT Favorite Award

Mobits Award.jpgWe had a great week last week at Mobile Con 2013.  

 

We met with hundreds of people and companies that are building mobile apps, especially enterprise mobile apps.  

 

And guess what?   We even won a MobITs award!!!!

 

Keep reading to learn more about our adventures.

A great weekend of mobile hacking

hack.jpegWhat happens when you take a great product, and a bunch of really talented people and put them in a loft for two days straight? Some really awesome new mobile apps. This past weekend I was brought back to the boom days of the 90's at the HP Anywhere Hackathon and I saw that the momentum of those days have returned. 



 

MobileCon 2013 - What to Do and See

What a weekend!  -- Check out this SUPER Cool video from our Hackathon!!!!

 

 

 

Time to move on to the next fun event and you don’t have to go very far. 

Try just an hour south of San Francisco in the lovely city of San Jose.   Why?

 

Keep reading and I'll tell you why.

HP Anywhere Hackathon--The day after

-HP Anywhere Hackathon – update #6 – The day after

 

For those of you following the hackathon… by all accounts, it was a great event.  I’ve been recovering today, and happily, I’ve heard from a number of you who shared your time, talent, energy and creativity that this was an event that you liked.    I heard that you liked the venue, the set up, the challenges and especially liked to see the commitment from the HP Anywhere R&D team.

 

Continue reading to find out the event results.

That’s a wrap

-Hackathon Logo.jpgHP Anywhere Hackathon – update #5 – After Action Report

 

1800hour Local.

 

WOW!!!   What a great mix of creative and innovative ideas.    On behalf of the judging team, we were blown away with the creativity and variety of solutions that the teams created.   We had 13 teams in the event, and as I suspected, the effort to pick the winners was very difficult. 

 

Here’s a few comments about the apps that we saw  (more will come soon  - with screenshots)… but I wanted to wrap up the weekend with this quick summary of the top 3 apps:

 

  1. Snap 2013-10-13 at 18.39.00.pngShine – Gamification of how people help each other.   Imagine having a mobile framework, where you could ask for help, give help and score points, badges and rewards for being helpful and cool.  From my perspective, this sort of app could really influence the culture in a work environment and encourage collaboration and sharing.
  2. Enterprise Check In.   Do you ever travel? Do you want to connect w/ coworkers who are on the road with you?   Wouldn’t it be awesome if you could find your co-workers at the conference next week?   Social, Mobile, Location, all in one enterprise app that let’s you manage your privacy, but share when you want to.     --- I want to install the app and use it now.  
  3. FileDrop – Imagine sharing files with a twist… Sharing files based on location… If you’re not at the right place.. you can’t get the file.  Cool idea.   Enterprises want to protect their data, with File Drop, your data stays where you want it.


I’ll blog more about the other apps and the experience later in the week, but I wanted to cap off the weekend with three key things.

 

  1. THANK YOU.  To the hackers who joined us in this great event.  Your creativity, innovation and great ideas was awesome.  You all blew me away, and I was totally energized by your talent and energy to create very cool stuff in a very short time…. Oh, and we had FUN too.
  2. To the crew at Parisoma, Angel Hack and Rapp who helped us plan and host this event.   Thank you.   You made it seem effortless, though we all know how much hard work went into the event.   You had plans and back up plans, that made the event an amazing success.
  3. To the Judges and Speakers who joined us to share their insight and expertise - Thank you.   You helped us bring a real, enterprise perspective to the event.
  4. To the extended HP Anywhere team – Thanks for making this such a fun, engaging and successful event.  Your commitment to engage and work w/ our hackers was nothing short of awesome. 

 

I’m exhausted and want to close with what I think Yoda might say.

 

“Inspired and honored, am I to have hacked with all of you.”

 

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Join us on Twitter @HPAnywhere, here at the Apps for Mobile Blog and of course at the HP Anywhere

Developer Zone!

Hackathon - CODE FREEZE

10236747313_5c29508bb8_z.jpg-HP Anywhere Hackathon – update #4

 

1330 Local.

Check in your code and get ready to demo.   The judges are all here and we were just treated to another great food truck.   Amazing how good the food can be from the back of a truck.   The hackers are all getting ready to present their ideas.   I’m sure we’ll have a very hard time picking the winners, as the rock star hackers have created cool, creative and innovative HP Anywhere mobile apps.

 

Stay tuned for the webcast – Starting in 15 minutes.  LIVESTREAM

 

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And if you want to know how calculate the fun we’re going to have… here’s how to write the function in JavaScript

 

Let me know if you have any questions about HP Anywhere or the Hackathon

 

Join us on Twitter @HPAnywhere, here at the Apps for Mobile Blog and of course at the HP Anywhere

Developer Zone!

Hacking in the morning

-HP Anywhere Hackathon – update #3Hackathon Logo.jpg

 

0815 Local. We’re in the final stretch.  It’s day two, and some teams worked until very, very late at night.  Many, if not all took a break to rest and recover  a few hours here or there, but their dedication and intensity was very impressive.     The reports from the floor are 8 of them worked through the night.  

 

The atmosphere is still full of energy and excitement, as the teams refine and revise their mobile apps to get ready for their live demos and judging.   I’m very sure that the judging will be very difficult, as there are some great ideas in the room.  

 

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Also.. here's some instructions for the hackers who may be reading...

 

Hey Hackers,

 

The end is near! Just in case you forgot the instructions from yesterday, here they are again! #HackStrong

 

Submitting your HACK:

1) Join your city's event on Hackathon.io http://www.hackathon.io/hp3

2) Create a team profile. All team members should sign up and join your team.

3) Submit Hack by our coding FREEZE (1pm most locations).

4) Upload video (optional). We share this with media and investors; for internal use only,

this is not something you use when onstage.

 

DEMOS:

  • Each team will demo for a total 3 minutes on stage.
  • Teams will have 2 minutes to pitch and 1 minute of Q/A from our judges.
  • Awards! Winners will be announced.

 

Pitch Advice:

  • Talk about your team's skill sets and the technology you used.
  • Talk about your passion.
  • Talk about the problem you are solving.
  • Demo your product that solves that problem.
  • Judges will judge you on the completeness of your hack and what they think you could do with it.

 

Judging Criteria:

  • Are you building something that no one has seen before (creative)?
  • Can you explain the value proposition in 2 sentences or less (simple)?
  • How impactful can this idea be on the vertical it’s built for (impactful)?

 

Today will be the conlusion of our Hackathon.. Hope to see you there.  If you can’t make it for the presentations and judging, we’ll have a live stream… starting at 2 PM PST.

 

And if you want to know how calculate the fun we’re going to have… here’s how to write the function in JavaScript

 

I’ll be blogging from the event during the day, so stay tuned for more updates and I promise to avoid lame attempts at rhythm and rhyme.

Hacking into the evening

HP Anywhere Hackathon – update #2

 

2145 local – It’s early in the evening and the teams continue to design and to code.    Thankfully the serious nerf battles have subsided, with only a few minor skirmishes. 

  There are seriously cool ideas running around the room.   Enterprise 4 Square, Games, Breaks and Context everywhere.  There are teams of 1 and teams of 4 or more.   I’m excited to see how they progress through the night and what we see in the morning.   But if the first 10 hours is any indication, we’re in for some very cool stuff tomorrow.   Here are some recent images from the teams working and coding new HP Anywhere apps to Hack the Enterprise.

 

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Tomorrow, starts our Hackathon.. Hope to see you there.  If you can’t make, it, we’ll have a live stream… HERE.

 

And if you want to know how calculate the fun we’re going to have… here’s how to write the function in JavaScript

A post from the hacking combat zone

An update while under fire from the HP Anywhere Hackathon.... Keep reading to see a real time update with photos.  photo 2.JPG

Twas the night before the hackathon

Hackathon Logo.jpgTwas the night before the Hackathon, when all through the room,

not a creature was stirring, not even a broom.

The banners were hung on the railings with care,

in hopes that developers soon would be there.

 

The designers were nestled all snug in their beds,

while visions of skeumorphism danced in their heads.

And AngelHack in their ‘cool duds, and I in my best,

had just settled our’selves down for a short night’s rest.

 

When out on the street there arose such a noise,

I stumbled from my bed, see what annoys

Off to the window I stumbled in too many motions,

finally found the curtains to open and see  the commotion.

 

The moon was so bright on the street so low,

it made everything grey and surreal down below.

When, what to my still foggy eyes should appear,

but a team of developers and designers in search of a beer.

With a quirky and quiet leader to boot,

I knew in a moment their scrummaster was a hoot.

Faster than tweets,

he whistled, and shouted, and called out!

 

"Now developer! now, designer! now, tester and hacker!

On, Coding! On, Committing! on, Sharing and Fixen!

To the top of the program! to the top of the design!

Now hack away! Hack  away! Hack away all!"

 

And then, with a glimmering smile, I saw alight

into a space for hacking and coworking alright.

Then I went in and joined them to see if they were okay,

only to learn that they were well, well on their way.

 

Busy coding and designing they were in a serious affair,

using context and collaboration in HP Anywhere.

A new idea here and some innovation there,

these ladies and gentlemen nowhere near despair.

 

Their eyes were intense, seriously focused and concrete,

solving their problems without skipping a beat,

Collaborating and coding without any waste,

their ideas to be presented to judges post haste.

 

At the end of the weekend the winners were found,

they inspired, created and shared something profound

Together, they each took away their own special prize,

new friends, new ideas and a new ways to improvise.

 

As they cleaned up and filed out the doors,

they looked back at the once busy floors,

And I heard them say to each other,

this HP Hackathon was such fun, perhaps could we have another?

 

Tomorrow, starts our Hackathon.. Hope to see you there.  If you can’t make, it, we’ll have a live stream… HERE.

 

And if you want to know how calculate the fun we’re going to have… here’s how to write the function in JavaScript

 

I’ll be blogging from the event during the day, so stay tuned for more updates and I promise to avoid lame attempts at rhythm and rhyme.

 

p.s.  Thanks to Clement Clarke Moore’s Twas the Night Before Christmas for the inspiration above.

 

Let me know if you have any questions about HP Anywhere or the Hackathon

 

Join us on Twitter @HPAnywhere, here at the Apps for Mobile Blog and of course at the HP Anywhere

Developer Zone

HP Anywhere Hackathon meetup replay

Hackathon Logo.jpgDid you miss the HP Anywhere hackathon meetup last night?   Don't worry. 

 

Keep reading for how you can get all the details that were presented at the meetup.


Also for developers, there is some great technical details about how to build apps on the HP Anywhere platform.  

Mobile Enterprise Hack Meetup – Wednesday, October 9

To celebrate the kick-off of the upcoming HP Anywhere hack-a-thon, we're hosting a Pre-hack-a-thon meet-up (drinks and food included) on Oct. 9th, in San Francisco.

Hanging out with the Hackathon team

A few days ago, I sat down with Kobi Eisenberg and Stephen Williams – both key thought leaders from the HP Anywhere team to talk about the upcoming HP Anywhere Hackathon.  ..  Here's a quick excerpt:

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  • Kobi Eisenberg is a Product Manager for HP Anywhere, a new mobile platform allowing to develop, manage and consume mobile apps. Kobi has a rich experience in software development and has held various roles as a developer, R&D manager and Architect. Kobi holds a BSc. in Bioinformatics and a Master in Business Administration.
  • Michael Deady is a Pr. Consultant & Solution Architect for HP Professional Service and HP's ALM Evangelist for IT Experts Community. He specializes in software development, testing, and security. He also loves science fiction movies and anything to do with Texas.
  • Mike Jennett is a highly respected tech industry award winner with an extensive background in technology focusing on emerging trends. He is currently the Senior Program Manager for Hewlett-Packard’s enterprise IT mobility deployment and has held various roles within HP over the past 12 years, including cutting-edge deployments in streaming video and virtualization. Prior to joining HP, he served as Chief Operating Officer for Spotlight Studios, an award winning branding and technology company that served both Fortune 100 companies and numerous start-ups. He is also the author of two books on Microsoft technologies published by Osborne/McGraw-Hill press and he has been featured in numerous articles and interviews. Note that the views expressed on this blog are his own and do not necessarily represent the views of Hewlett-Packard. Follow him on Twitter at: @mjennett
  • Oded Klimer is a User Experience Manager & Strategist at HP. For more than a decade he has been Innovating, testing creating, and managing successful User Experiences with a wide variety of products for start-ups as well as fortune 500 companies. Oded holds an M.Sc. from the Technion, majoring in Human Factors Centered Design
  • Rick Barron is a Program Manager for various aspects of the PM team and HPSW UX/UI team; and working on UX projects associated with HP.com. He has worked in high tech for 20+ years working in roles involving web design, usability studies, and mobile marketing. Rick has held roles at Motorola Mobility, Symantec and Sun Microsystems.
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