Kiwi geeks win trans-Tasman 24-hour website building competition
After an intense 24 hours in Sydney, Australia, at the inaugural FullCodePress international site in a day competition, the New Zealand team - the Code Blacks - have emerged triumphant.
The team of Thomas Scovell (project manager), Zef Fugaz (information architect), Steve Dennis (designer), Jeffrey Wegesin (HTML/CSS coder), Mark Rickerby (programmer), Peter Johnston (writer) and Alison Green (all-rounder) beat their Aussie rivals in a photo-finish - with only 2.7 points out of 100 separating the teams.
From left to right: Thomas, Mark, Steve, Ali, Jeffrey, our client Debbie Verdon, Peter, Zef
Judges commented on how well both teams performed, especially given the nature of the competition - clients they'd never met before, 24hr deadline and incessant interruptions to be photographed, interviewed and videoed.
The competition could be viewed live as it unfolded, and was followed by members of the web industry around the world. The organisers of the competition provided a constant stream of blog posts on their website, as well as Twitter comments, photos uploaded to Flickr, and professionally edited videos of the teams in action and interviews with team members, which were posted on YouTube.
The Code Blacks' website client was a small non-profit organisation - Grampians disAbility Advocacy Association (GdAA) - who advocate on behalf of people with disabilities and their carers living in the large and relatively isolated rural Grampians region of Victoria, Australia. They've never been able to afford a website, and at the start of the competition had only a vague idea of what could be achieved by having a web presence.
24 hours later they had a brand new website designed and built for free by some of New Zealand's top web professionals; a content management system through which they will be able to edit and add to the site themselves; and a database with which they can manage their membership list and put members with similar interests and/or disabilities in touch with each other. Here's the winning website.
Thomas Scovell (Shift), the team's project manager, says "It was certainly a challenge to build a website in only 24 hours. Most sites take weeks, if not months, to complete. Traditionally a website is built in stages, water-falling through the range of roles we have on our team on its way to completion. For FullCodePress we had to approach the process in a much more agile fashion, where we collaborated and worked on parts of the process simultaneously in order to get the end result. It was real team work!"
Grampians disAbility Advocacy Association co-ordinator, Debbie Verdon, was absolutely thrilled with her new website, and sees it as an opportunity for her organisation to become leaders within their field, and to raise their profile amongst both clients and potential clients, and within the advocacy and disabled communities as a whole.
The Code Blacks will be smoothing the rough edges of the new site over the next couple of weeks and have made a commitment to Debbie that they will provide ongoing support and technical expertise for at least the next year, donating 15 hours of their time each month towards improving and developing the website.
Useful infoCode Blacks team members:
- Steve Dennis (Enlighten) - Designer
- Zef Fugaz (Provoke) - User Experience/Information Architecture
- Alison Green (Shift) - All Rounder
- Peter Johnston (Sorted) - Writer
- Mark Rickerby (Coretxt) - Programmer
- Thomas Scovell (Shift) - Project Manager
- Jeffrey Wegesin (Xero) - HTML/CSS
Competition location and dates:
Sydney, Australia - 18-19 August 2007
- Webstock (New Zealand) - http://www.webstock.org.nz
- Web Industry Professionals Association (Australia) - http://wipa.org.au
- Google (sponsor)
- Adobe (Australian team sponsor)
- Red Square (supporter)
- SitePoint (supporter)
- Mort Bay Communications (supporter)
- Gian Sampson-Wild - Manager Usability and Accessibility Services, Monash University - Melbourne, Australia
- Derek Featherstone - Director, FurtherAhead - Canada
- Matthew Magain - Technical Editor, SitePoint - Melbourne, Australia
- Matt Voerman - Senior Consultant, Adobe Systems
- Natasha Hall - User Experience, Trade Me - Wellington, New Zealand
- Steve Baty - Director, UX Strategy, Red Square - Sydney, Australia
- James Magill - Google Australia
- FullCodePress - http://www.fullcodepress.com
- Code Blacks - http://www.codeblacks.co.nz
- Code Blacks team bios - http://www.fullcodepress.com/2007/07/16/nz-team-bios
- FullCodePress on YouTube - http://www.youtube.com/fullcodepress
- FullCodePress on Twitter - http://twitter.com/fullcodepress
- FullCodePress on Flickr - http://www.flickr.com/groups/fullcodepress/pool/
- The New Zealand team's website for Grampians disAbility Advocacy Association (GdAA) - http://kiwi.fullcodepress.mbcomms.net.au/
- The Australian team's website for The Ripple Effect - http://aussie.fullcodepress.mbcomms.net.au/
Contact for further info:
Thomas Scovell - Code Blacks team captain
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Phone: 04 498 7694
- Mobile: 027 455 5910
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