Let us introduce you the HackOTT judges you will need to impress with your applications and demos on Saturday February 26, 2011. The way HackOTT is scheduled you will be demoing the application you spent the day building to a panel of 3 industry judges. As a reminder here is our HackOTT schedule:
- 9:00 – Breakfast and introductions: Meet your HackOTT organizers and all the developers, get acquainted with the space + final schedule + grab a breakfast of champions!
- 9:30 – API presentation: learn about the APIs available. Each API provider will have 5 minutes to introduce their API, discuss its salient features and get you excited about using it.
- 10:15 – Open Planning: come up with hacking idea and build a team. This is a white board exercise: if you have an idea that you would like work on, just puts its name down on the white board; if you are looking to build a team, identify yourself to other developers with the skill sets that you need. If you are looking for ideas, identify yourself to other developers as well.
- 10:30 – Hacking setup and start. You claim a little spot of the office with your team or by yourself and start working on your project.
- Noon – Lunch
- 1:00 – Hacking
- 5:00 – Application presentation – 3 minutes for each presenter!
- 6:00 – Judging and prizes
- 6:30 – Off to nearby pub for celebrations!
As you can see from our schedule, our 3 judges will join us for the application presentations. They will be in the audience and will be listening to your presentation. If you don’t use your full 3 minutes for your presentation, they will be able to ask you a question (if they have any). At the end of the presentations the judges will retire to their judging chambers to select our winners.
So, please meet our judges (in alphabetical order):
Scott Annan is a founding partner of Mercury Grove & CEO of Network Hippo / @scottannan
Over the last six years Mercury Grove has worked on some great projects with amazing people in interesting companies including Tempur-Pedic, Applebee’s, Procter & Gamble (Pampers.com), The Coleman Company, Western Southern, OC Transpo, the AIM Group, and Office Suites PLUS.
In 2009, he launched Network Hippo. Network Hippo is a smart address book for startups and professionals. It combines and scrubs contact information from dozens of sources, finds more info about them on the web and social networks, plugins into your email, and alerts you when – and who – you should contact. It’s a smarter, personal, social CRM.
Scott Annan has won the OCRI Bootstrap award, and Ottawa’s Top 40 Under 40. He is very active in the Ottawa startup community and has opened up their offices to other innovative entrepreneurs who are trying to change the world in their own ways.
Chris Howell, Senior VP, Technology, High Road Communications
Chris has been developing engaging and usable data-driven web applications for over 15 years. He specializes in the use of Microsoft technologies for delivering business solutions over the web. Chris leads High Road’s development efforts, ensuring the timely deliverance of quality Web applications. He is involved in every stage of High Road’s development life cycle, from proposal to delivery.
Prior to joining High Road, Chris was a consultant with CGI, specializing in Internet application development. He also spent 4 years architecting enterprise applications for the Department of National Defence.
Chris holds dual diplomas in both Business Administration and Information Systems with honours from Algonquin College. He also attended Carleton University’s school of Commerce. Chris is an avid participant in the .NET community, a member of the Ottawa .NET User Group, and a Microsoft Certified Professional.
Robert Woodbridge / @robwoodbridge
For 18 years Robert has been a student of business, immersed in roles ranging from founder, strategic advisor, board member and coach to VP Operations, President and CEO. In each of the companies that Robert has been involved with, he has helped shape strategy, marketing initiatives and product development, built exceptional teams and spoken to thousands of people about a wider range of topics.
Robert currently runs a consultancy that helps companies excel in mobile/wireless world. He helps them embrace mobile where it makes business sense, and leverage mobile technology to expand their market and service customers in a more engaging way.