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Interface3 nominated for Creative Edinburgh Innovate Award

Joust at Creative Edinburgh birthday party Last week, we were lucky enough to be nominated for the Innovate Award at the Creative Edinburgh Awards. As well as being there to hear the result, we were there supporting our friends at Creative Edinburgh by running a game of Johann Sebastian Joust (see photo).

Alas, the Edinburgh International Film Festival won the award, but we all had a great time anyway! Roll on next year!

We’re delighted to hear local student, Alexandra Kearney, has won the People’s Award at the Lovelace Colloquium. Interface3 has sponsored the prize for the past two years, and it’s part of the continuing support that we want to provide young women in computing with.

Congrats Alexandra!

Hacking, making, tinkering … these are all terms to describe the sorts of things that we call ‘side projects’ which often takes up our evenings and weekends.

For some people, its getting their hands dirty with Raspberry Pi, for others, finding a intriguing way to commenerate their cat, making things is the best way to explore and experiment.

But often we do this alone. (For instance, one of my current side projects is building a small adventure game for the Edinburgh Sick Kids Hospital, but I haven’t shown it to anyone yet because it’s not finished!)

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One of the principles that we hold dear in Interface3 is the idea of being agile and lean in our software development projects.

This basically translates to two advantages: one, we iterate user designs as much as possible without writing any code, in order to have as accurate an idea of how the user should interact with the app before we start. Two, we are flexible enough to react when we realise something isn’t going to work during the middle of a build and take steps to move direction.

This concept of iteration, and continuous feedback is something also valued at all startups. To this end, I’m delighted to announce that Interface3 will be co-organiser of the upcoming Startup Weekend Edinburgh on 16th Nov 2012.

Startup Weekend is a 54 hour hackathon for people that want to create new products and businesses over a weekend. It is the perfect opportunity to test out new ideas, get lots of feedback and be in an environment where people from different backgrounds and expertise collaborate in a meaningful manner.

Head over to http://www.eventbrite.com/event/4245624778 to grab your ticket. Early bird tickets finish on 17th Oct!

Every year, the dynamic organisers of the BCS Women group run the Lovelace Colloquium – a networking event for undergraduates and postgraduate women in computing. Back in 2009, when the colloquium was held in Leeds, I was lucky to be involved. Hannah Dee – the organiser of the event – was kind enough to let me stay at her home and it was wonderful to be involved in the day.

I remember telling Hannah that I was leaving the world of academia to start a company and her and Roger wished me luck. 3 years later, it was a bit of a special moment when we decided that the first event we’re going to sponsor as a company was a poster prize the Lovelace Colloquium. It’s my little way of saying thank you.

Congratulations to Sarah Murfett from Sheffield Hallam University for her poster.

Talking of which, I’ll be involved in the Women in Computing panel at the upcoming T100 festival celebrating the 100th year of birth of Alan Turing on 10th May. Please come and say hi if you’re heading along.

Here at Interface3 we think we’ve put together some pretty sweet games for kids to play together.

But we don’t want to to keep them to ourselves.

So last Friday we were delighted to share our games in a class full of kids at the Junior School in George Watson’s College, Edinburgh.

The kids were introduced to the Interface3 ‘I have’ app and it was great to see them enjoy it (the adults had a pretty good time as well!).

We keep hearing from teachers that the multi touch applications on the market don’t encourage collaborative play so we are dedicated to providing apps that get kids playing and learning together. Check out the app for free :http://itunes.apple.com/hk/app/i-have/id461755864?mt=8

This week we’ve also been checking out what is happening with technology around the world and stumbled across this massive smartboard, http://techcrunch.com/2011/12/02/html5-smart-board-attempts-to-out-surface-the-surface/

The demo pretty much speaks for itself, check it out and see what could potentially be the future of multi touch software…