The one where we did FullCodePress
25 June 2010 | admin | 10 Comments
Well, FullCodePress is over for another year. It was an exhausting, inspiring, anxious, exciting, sleep-deprived, talent-laden, fun-filled, sometimes-controversial, definitely entertaining 24+ hours.
While Australia won the trophy (well done Codaroos!), all the teams were bloody champions, as were the clients who were the recipients of three beautiful, fully functional sites. And the volunteers – indescribably awesome.
What was evident from the get-go, was that the teams and the volunteers really embodied the ethos of FullCodePress. They were 110% committed yet didn’t take it all too seriously; they were composed and calm, yet up for an action-packed, fun-orama!
The fact that this was meant to be a competition between the teams seemed insignificant. What each of these teams did was bigger than “who won”. If they were competing with anyone, I guess they were competing with themselves – to create something they were proud of; to work in unfamiliar surroundings in unnatural circumstances in a freaky-short timeframe; to not let tiredness get to them; to do something they as web professionals could be proud of. The important thing here was not who “came first”, but that they were giving their client a product that met their needs, and they were doing some awesome.
And by jove, they did it.
For those of us lucky enough to be at the venue throughout, we saw something that possibly wasn’t fully captured in the judges’ decision. While it was exciting to see how the sites were developing over time, and obviously the end results, it was just as exciting to pop into the rooms and see how teams of people, who, on the whole, had never worked together, were working together so naturally. This was true amongst the volunteers – Team Awesome – as well. There was true comradery. There was a strong sense of team spirit, and of mutual respect. Things didn’t need to be asked of people; they were just done, and done well.
It really was a beautiful, beautiful thing.
As well as the teams’ awe-inspiring performances and Voltron-esque* abilities, there were individuals who stood out for random acts of awesomeness. We’d like to publicly recognise them:
The he’s-so-cool-he-can-produce-ponies-out-of-thin-air award:
Most likely to have his own talkshow:
The made-the-most-effort-to-be-a-part-of-it award:
Team USA who each travelled around 30 hours to be a part of this competition, stayed for a couple of days and then flew another 30+ hours home. Now that is commitment, people.
The award for grammatical excellence:
The most-promising-new-werewolf-player award:
Mr Photogenic award:
Most stylishly dressed award:
Jason Santa Maria
Bjarni Wark’s style was also noted:
The award for most awesome volunteer is shared between
Mike Forbes, Ludwig Wendzich, Amanda Dorrell, Keith Bolland, Jo McLeod, Aleah Stantiall, Darren Wood, Dan Evans and James Everett.
Most amusing person award:
NZ’s top baker award:
Best dance moves:
Best display of team unity:
Team USA’s midnight parade
Best public displays of affection and support for a team:
Swiss Miss for this (which features a guest appearance by Webstock ‘10 superstar, Chris Shiflett!)
And the final award, the big kahuna, the man who should be president award goes to Mike Forbes. Where there is Mike, there is hope – and server stability.
Some good people have written up their own accounts of the event:
Amanda Wood, Code Blacks Project Manager: FCP in review
Jason Santa Maria, Team USA Designer: FullCodePress 2010
Xero, FullCodePress sponsor: Aussies take the trophy
Liz Danzico, Team USA User Advocate: Behind FullCodePress
Dan Mall, Team USA Marker Upper: FullCodePress
Hadyn Green, Code Black wordsmith: The Geek Tri Nations
Matt Magain, FCP Sponsor: 99 Designs Champions Win Gold for Australia
On behalf of the organisers we’d like to give huge and sincere thanks to everyone involved in this year’s FullCodePress.
Thank you teams USA, NZ and Australia. Thank you volunteers. It was a privilege to work with you.
Thank you to our sponsors. We could not have done it without you.
Thank you to everyone who supported the teams and followed along. You rule!
Thank you all. And see you here again next year!
*Voltron is a word describing a situation where two or more beings combine efforts to become mightier than a very very mighty thing.