By SC.sagar. Monday, April 18, 2011 2:13:11 PM
The Dare to Code contest brought in some very interesting widgets from Universities across the world. We would like to thank all participants for their incredible work.
After much deliberation between the Opera jury, here are the final winners of the contest.Gaurav Tak
is the global, as well as the regional winner for Asia, for his outstanding effort of spreading the word about Opera Widgets in his campus and publishing several widgets
during the contest.
For his excellent efforts, his University will receive Opera's first ever Opera Widgets University Trophy! Gaurav will receive an award certificate signed by Opera's co-founder Jon S. von Tetzchner, Opera goodie bag, and a gift certificate to an online store worth USD 700! Violeta Rosales
is our regional winner for Americas. And Andrzej Jasonek
is the regional winner for Europe! They will both receive award certificates signed by Jon S. von Tetzchner, goodie bags and gift certificates worth USD 200!
Congratulations to all the winners! Update:
Unfortunately there are no qualifying widgets from the continents of Africa and Australia and hence we are unable to select respective regional winners. We hope that in our next contest we get greater participation from these regions.
By SC.sagar. Thursday, March 31, 2011 12:20:08 PM
The final hour is getting closer. The contest will end tonight, so make sure you upload your widget before 1st April, 12AM GMT. Your widget may be approved by a later date, but that is fine.
We will start reviewing all widgets thoroughly and get back with the results in April.
Good luck to all participants!
By SC.sagar. Thursday, February 10, 2011 12:49:00 PM
We have compiled a list of tips that will help you guys create a high quality, original, creative widget that is going to blow us away and win the contest!
- Do not use code that belongs to someone else, and package the content as a widget of your own. If you use open source code, you can still create a widget, but you may not actually qualify to win the contest.
- Make sure you take design into good consideration. If the widget does not look good, would you use it? If you are creating an application, please package it as an app.
- The functionality or use case of a widget is important. So submitting a widget that only shows some animation in a small window is really pointless. However, modifying the same widget to take over the entire screen of a computer or mobile device, and then showing some animation (like a screensaver) would have a better usecase.
- If you are making a movie, accrediting to yourself is great. But in a widget, these attributions belong elsewhere.
- If your widget works well on your computer, there is a great chance it works great on a mobile device. All you need to do is develop and test your widget for multiple screens as described in this blog post - Screen size device emulation.
By SC.sagar. Wednesday, December 8, 2010 10:18:27 AM
You stand a better chance at winning the big prizes, if you develop your widget with the following in mind.
Your widget may use HTML5/CSS3 and other advanced development in web technologies. For example,
Your widget is not just a wrapper (for flash or RSS content)
Also your widget must have any IPR secured. So please don't scrape or use content from websites that don't allow it.
- Your widget is cross-platform and scales for various screen resolutions (from desktop to mobile). The following articles can help in learning the key techniques:
By SC.sagar. Tuesday, December 7, 2010 12:43:47 PM
A widget can do anything a web page can do, and much more!
Using cross-site scripting (XSS), file handling, HTML5, CSS3, XHTML+Voice etc. you can create powerful web applications that are cross-platform and portable to almost any type of device.
For example, eBook Reader or Google Translator, or Biolab Disaster. You can of course make simpler widgets as well, that are fun to use and provide excellent functionality. For example, the Analog Clock, or a Unit Convertor.
What kind of widgets would you like to use? Tell us in the comments below.
By SC.sagar. Tuesday, December 7, 2010 12:19:34 PM
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.
To help you get started immediately, download this sample widget package
which has the basic building blocks of a widget configured for you. Good luck!
By SC.sagar. Monday, December 6, 2010 3:39:12 PM
To achieve the fastest development and testing environment, it is recommend to install your working widget and then continue developing on the installed version.
- Package your widget files in a ZIP archive, and rename the extension to .wgt.
- Double-click on file to install the widget. If that does not work, try to open the .wgt file with Opera, and the Widget Installer should start.
- Click on "Customize" to select the folder where you wish to install the widget.
- Once installed, you should continue development and testing from the installed path of the widget. Simply edit a file and reload the widget to test for changes.
By SC.sagar. Monday, December 6, 2010 3:38:59 PM
Here are some awesome widgets and tips to help in faster widget development.
By SC.sagar. Monday, December 6, 2010 3:38:44 PM
Opera's first International University contest begins on 10 December, 2010. We invite students of all experiences and backgrounds from Universities and Schools around the world to participate and create awesome Opera Widgets.
The Opera jury will select the winning widgets based on design, technology, originality and usefulness. However, only one can get glory and fame to his/her University by winning Opera's first ever Opera Widgets University Trophy, but submitting the best of all widgets.
To submit an Opera Widget of your creation, simply sign in to Opera Widgets with your My Opera account and upload your work. Just remember to mention in your widget description that this widget is a part of the Dare to Code contest.
Check out these links and resources for more information on how to develop Opera Widgets:
Documentation - Learn how create widgets.
Forum - Look for ideas or ask for help.
Catalog - Install existing widgets for ideas and to learn.
Widgets team blog - follow the official Opera Widget developers blog!
- Submit as many widgets as you wish!
- You must be enrolled as a student of any University, college, school or educational institute.
- You must be over 18 years of age to receive the prizes.
- Opera's jury decisions will remain final.
Contest starts on 10th December 2010 and ends on 31st March 2011.
Prizes will be awarded to the best qualifying widget submitted each week as well. So don't wait until the last day, submit a widget today!
- The final and global winner's University will receive,
- Opera's first ever Opera Widgets University Trophy!
- Award certificate
- Featured article and interview on My Opera
- The global winner at the end of the competition will receive,
- Gift certificate to an online retailer of their choice, for USD 700!
- Winner's certificate signed by Opera's co-founder Jon S. von Tetzchner
- Opera's goodie bag filled with merchandise
- Featured promotions of the submitted widget
- Interview on My Opera viewed by millions of Opera users
- Top 5 regional winners from various continents will be interviewed and featured on My Opera, and will receive gift certificates of USD 200, along with a certificate signed by Jon and goodie bags!
- Lots of Opera goodie bags to participants with outstanding widget submissions based on technology, design and originality of concept.
Opera disclaims all liabilities and responsibilities regarding the Opera Widgets. The participant agrees to bear all liabilities and responsibilities with regard to the submitted Opera Widgets. The authors retain copyright of submitted widgets, but the applications must either have a BSD-compatible license or be placed in the public domain.