Posts tagged with "competition"
While I was still a freshmen in college I always fancied how would it be to be a student representative of Opera, as I had seen couple of senior students holding up seminars and installing Opera browser in Labs.
Finally thanks to Ms. Anna Brandt of Opera Education I finally got a golden opportunity to be a Campus Crew Member and spread the word about Opera Browser and Web Standards. Well, to being with my first reaction to the email that mentioned that I had been selected was overwhelming. I danced in joy and immediately replied asking for further steps. Next as guided I joined up the Campus Crew Intranet and started influencing my friends circle to try the Opera browser which in every possible way was faster and better than their then browser. After that within weeks of this I got my Campus Crew T Shirt. Then I started on my first job in promoting the Dare to Code Contest. I was really a nice expreience in being the sole active Representative of Opera in an institution of 7,000 students. I got several response over the contest. Though no entry from my college was accepted for not being up-to the mark, it was a great experience.
However, with that our semester in college got almost over and the next 2 months were full of exam.
Thus, on hand I have to satisfaction of having served Opera, on the other I have a feeling that with a bit more time I could have done better.
Overall it was a really nice experience, and I hope to serve Opera next semester too.
Last Thursday (10/02/2011) was unbelievable day of my college life. Before starting that I want to tell you, I have uploaded Opera widget's link on my facebook account, that I have developed for Dare To Code competition. facebook is so much popular in my college, all of us having facebook account.
Now a days I having Internship, so just One day college and rest of days having Android Programming in Office.. But that Thursday i just went to college for some reporting work. After that i was passing from my campus & that time some juniors came to me... I got huge voice "Congratulation" ...for PacMan!!! They all having eagerness about widget development.. so not wasting much time , I was started a open session on Opera Widgets in our open air theater . They having some little idea about HTML and CSS. So I was started from basic tags. I described Opera Widget structure, simplicity and usefulness.
About one Hour full interactive session on Opera Widgets. I gave them some useful links. My guidance will always open for them, i saw them source code of my new widget about time table of Cricket World Cup. It was awesome experience for me..
So moral of the story is that ... "If you have Knowledge please share it"...
I am planning of organizing a presentation competition at my campus where the participants would be required to prepare a presentation and present it in front of the audience.
Could anyone please suggest some of the topics or areas that I could give the competitors to search for and come up with some presentable data.
Why title of this blog is "zero to hero "( means pertaining to a very sudden rise in popularity or success ).. hehehe It's not about me,.. My hero is "PacMan" --A Opera Widget Game. 4,284 total downloads in just one month and +4 rating. PacMan got a huge response that's why "Zero to hero".. http://widgets.opera.com/widget/21114/
Almost every one at least once played in some kind of Pacman games..Its very interesting, I am done PacMan with Opera Widgets. Before starting to describe anything, I want to specify that for simple widget development you don't required any extra ordinary skills (i.e programming, designing). just with basic skills, Opera Widget can be done by anybody..
Now the question is: What's an Opera Widget??
You can find hundreds of sample widgets at the Opera Widgets catalog. Instead of installing a widget, right-click on the Launch link, and save the file instead. Once downloaded, rename the extension to .zip, open the archive and review how the widget is made up. This is a good starting place to figure out how to make widgets.
Big Question: How to get Ideas for widgets??
Widget can be anything..A simple tic-tac-toe game, A widget that lets you update your status on facebook, twitter and other social networks. Keep Thinking... One idea can change your life....!
Time for PacMan:
Opera WIdget having some awesome tools (that also in the form of widget) for our support,, * Opera Widget Builder - Quick start your widget development process. * Icon Creator - Create beautiful icons with ease for your widget.
Join:Opera Widget forum: http://my.opera.com/community/forums/forum.dml?id=1296
So, this is it... Now I am developing more widgets for Opera widgets and guys I am also looking forward for your widgets, too. see the full description of competition on Dare to Code.
Last but not least...
I am thankful to "Sagar sir" and "Anna ma'm".
Sagar sir.. A Man of Widgets, his suggestions and quick response are very helpful to me.
And Anna ma'm..Our supporting Education Manager who encourage me to write this blog..
NIMIT L. SOLANKI,
Opera Campus Crew,
The year is coming to an end, and the Campus Crew is ready to rock 2010 one last time!
On Friday, 10th December 2010, we are going to launch the first international Opera Widgets University contest “Dare to Code”, which invites students from universities and schools around the world to participate and create awesome Opera Widgets.
There will be several winners based on region and widget type (design, technology, originality etc.) and the overall winner will bring glory and fame to his/her University by winning Opera's first ever Opera Widgets University Trophy.
What makes this competition so special is that its success actually depends entirely on you, the Campus Crew. Opera needs you to promote it on your campus and make sure that lots of widgets get submitted. You can even actively promote the creation of widgets by running widget workshops or contests or even by creating some of them yourself!
And we will make it worth your while… If your university submits the highest number of widgets, you are going to win:
- A certificate acknowledging your work and support.
- 5 USD for every approved widget from your University!
- A gift certificate of equivalent value will be provided to you from an online store of your choice.
- The total prize money will however be divided among all participating Campus Crew members from your university.
- This prize is valid only if a minimum of 50 approved widgets are submitted by your University participants.
If your university produces 5 or more widgets, you will receive a certificate for every member of your OCC chapter that is signed up for this campaign. If your university submits 20 or more widgets, you will receive a certificate and an Opera swag item for every signed-up member.
So, are you ready to promote Dare to Code on your Campus? It just takes two easy steps:
- Send an email to email@example.com to let us know that you are participating. We need to know who to reward when your university wins :-).
- Promote the "Dare to Code" competition at daretocode.com and get those widgets submitted!
The competition is going to be extended until 28 February 2011, so there is still plenty of time to sign up and participate.
Currently available support:
- You can order a promotional package with posters to use at your campus. Just send an email to me at firstname.lastname@example.org and I will have it shipped to you. (The online request form is under construction.)
- We are going to offer you technical support for this campaign, in the Opera Widgets forum: http://my.opera.com/community/forums/forum.dml?id=1296 . Just post your question with Dare to Code in the title, so that we can easily spot and answer your questions. The forum is also a great place to find some ideas for widgets.
20 December 2010
Opera extensions are now publicly available with the release of Opera 11. We invite bloggers and writers of all experiences and backgrounds from around the world to write about their favorite Opera extensions. You can get them from the extensions catalog. The best articles as judged by Opera jury will receive some awesome prizes!
We are looking for the best articles in English, Russian, Chinese, Bahasa Indonesia, German, Arabic and Polish!
The articles will be judged based on the following minimum criteria.
- your extension article has to be well written (rule out any grammar and spelling mistakes)
- provide mock-ups, screenshot or any other art of the extension
The winner for each language category will receive,
- a gift certificate worth USD 200 from an online retailer of his/her choice,
- a signed award certificate by Opera's co-founder Jon S. von Tetzchner,
- an interview on My Opera which is viewed by millions of Opera members,
- An Opera goodie bag filled with Opera merchandise!
Second and third place winners will receive Opera goodie bags each.
- Get Opera extensions from the Opera Add-ons catalog.
- Write a blog post in a language of your choice with a complete review of an extension you like or need the most.
- Submit your contribution by either:
- Twittering the web address of your article with hash tag #extensions
- Or submitting the link below as a comment to this post.
A few pointers!
You can submit as many articles as you wish! You must be over 18 years of age to enter the contest and receive the prizes and Opera jury's decision will remain final.
Contest starts on 16th December 2010 and ends on 31st December 2010. The results will be announced in January 2011.