Just like last time, Carlos was invited to open the event on Friday night, offering his own insight on the mobile development space and Corona SDK. Carlos’ pep talk apparently proved quite useful as two of the three teams at Start Up Camp that weekend ended up using Corona to build their creations. (more on that later!)
See? It truly pays to follow us! 😉
Anyhoo, knowing that the Mirandas would be using Corona SDK, I kept a sharp eye on them all weekend. I was a little nervous Saturday night, seeing that most of their game idea was still on a white board rather than on their MacBook. Seriously, at 5:00 on Saturday night, Edgar had barely anything written in his code text editor, as they were still trying to figure out what exactly they were going to build — that means that they were gonna have to create their game in the next 24 hours if they planned on presenting it!
Apparently, Red Bull helps with that…
…Not too long afterward, Edgar and Cesar quickly made bounds of progress with their game, occasionally picking Carlos’ brain on how to do stuff in Corona (it was their first time using it!).
By the next day, they already had an on-device demo ready to go for their game — a rudimentary Lemmings type game with touch-based controls, dubbed RolyPoly.
At last, on Sunday night, it was time for the three teams to present. Now, remember how I said two of those teams (including the Mirandas) used Corona to build their games? Well, it turns out the third, non-Corona didn’t even manage to get a working demo together over the course of the weekend, and so they were unable to present (no, really!).
The Mirandas easily took first prize (an iPad + $500 + free year of Corona from us, free startup incubation courses from Semantic Seed) and the other team took second. Specifically, the judges lauded both teams’ “monetizability” due to the almost instantaneous development time of their games and the turn-around times that their hypothetical startups subsequently would have.
After experiencing a weekend of Corona-fueled productivity, the Miranda Brothers — previously Flash developers — declared themselves new Corona convertees, and plan on finishing their game and releasing it in the very near future. Niiiiice!
So, think we should do this again?