The EUSP Hunger Games Challenge

EUSP Hunger GamesWe had temendous feedback from the solutions that our first challengers provided for the "SharePoint 2010 Multi-Media Center" solution. At a dinner with 17 Microsoft community leaders in New York City this week, I was surprised when speaking with one of the community leaders when he mentioned the first challenge and told me it was very fun to follow. That’s all it took… I put out the word and within hours we had "reaping" to select our next "volunteers".

I now present to you the official EUSP Hunger Games Challenge. The rules are simple. 

  • I will create a challenge that should be implemented in SharePoint
  • No restrictions on programming language for your solution (C#, jQuery, .NET,  Ajax, Cobal, whatever)
  • Winning criteria will be based upon interface, ease of use and
    effectiveness of the solution. It has to work. It has to look good.
  • Judges will not vote, only give reviews and public feedback
  • The SharePoint community will vote and select the best solution
  • Rules can be added or tweaked at my discretion

The only restriction is: The solution must work and it must look good.

On Monday, June 18, 2012 the panel of judges will meet online to discuss their reactions to the solutions. Each of the contestants will be given 15 minutes to walk through their solution and answer the questions of the judges. This session will be recorded and made available to the public. At that time, voting will open for you to choose your favorite solution.

In keeping with the Hunger Games theme, we now have
"mentors", the four victors from the last challenge. They can help,
hinder or ignore any requests from the contestants, but then again, they
might parachute in a surprise package. Who knows?
The development environments are once again provided by our friends at CloudShare.

The hash tag for the event is: #EUSPGames

With that, let’s meet the player’s in this session’s EUSP Hunger Games.

The Contestants

Paul Tavares, @paul_tavares
Blog: Paul Tavares

​Paul is a Senior Software Engineer currently executing Software Release Management duties for a telecommunication software company in New Jersey that produces Operations Support System (OSS) and Business Support System (BSS) for Tier 1 Telecommunications carrier companies.  In addition, he has maintained a position in the Airline industry for over 17 years as an International Flight Attendant. Paul’s passion lies with development, where involvement with open source projects as well as the designing and creating of multiple web-based applications continues to sharpen his technical skills. 

Stefan Bauer, @StfBauer
Blog: N8Design

I work as an information architect for box consulting gmbh in Vienna / Austria. I started developing for the web more that fifteen years ago. Over the last seven years I mainly worked with SharePoint as a developer and consultant. I was received the Microsoft Community Contributor Award in 2011 and 2012. The clients I work for varies from small to large companies including Nokia and Microsoft Austria, and two major health care organizations. One of my latest projects was, to redesign the intranet for Microsoft Austria for my recent employer wunderman pxp gmbh. To get an impression how this looks like a screenshot can be found on atmedia.at. The new metro like portal was launched in in October 2011.

Sébastien Levert, @sebastienlevert

Technical Director & SharePoint Consultant for Les Solutions Victrix, the 2011 Canadian Microsoft Partner Of The Year and targeting Infrastructure, Telecommunications, Security and Collaborative Solutions. I’m mainly focusing on SharePoint technologies including MOSS 2007, WSS 3.0, SharePoint Foundation 2010, SharePoint Server 2010, PowerShell and .NET.  I am a Microsoft Certified Professional Developer and a Microsoft Certified IT Pro on SharePoint technologies.  I love making things work.

Dhaval Shah, @BeingDhavalShah

Dhaval has 4 years of experience working in the IT field for various technologies. Dhaval has profoundly worked on SharePoint 2007/2010 and related Microsoft technologies. Apart from the Microsoft technologies, He has also worked on the Java, JSP and Struts. Prior to joining Deloitte, He worked as a Senior Software Engineer at Infosys Limited. He holds a degree of Bachelor of Technology in Computer Science from Nirma University, Ahmedabad and was selected as the part of first internship program of Infosys. Currently He is focused to enrich an expertise in SharePoint and related Microsoft technologies and emerge as a fine SharePoint Consultant.This Blog is about his views and learning’s about the SharePoint solutions he is working on.

Wendy Neal, @SharePointWendy

Wendy Neal is a SharePoint 2010 Architect/Developer for GreatAmerica Leasing in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.  She first began using SharePoint in 2007 when SharePoint 2007 was still in Beta.  Her main responsibilities are designing and architecting SharePoint solutions and conducting training sessions for GreatAmerica’s power users.  She also knows enough about SharePoint administration to be dangerous.  Wendy has great passion for all things SharePoint – including branding, governance, evangelism, training, and empowering end users to build their own solutions in SharePoint.  You can follow Wendy on Twitter @SharePointWendy.

The Mentors (Survivors from the last Challenge)

Doug Hemminger, @DougHemminger
I am a Microsoft Certified SharePoint Solution Developer (MCTS) &
SharePoint IT Professional (MCITP) with 4+ years of combined SharePoint
experience. Currently working as a Senior SharePoint Consultant with
Portal Solutions specializing in the Architecture & Development of
complex custom solutions. I have worked with clients such as GirlScouts
of USA, Conservation International, ECS, Fraunhofer Prometric &
AVMA. Until recently, I was a consulting analyst with Accenture
Technology Consulting where I worked with clients such as Philip Morris
and the US Postal Service. I am an alumni of the University of Maryland
with degrees in Computer Engineering and Business Management.

Pranav Sharma, @epranav
I am a Microsoft Certified SharePoint Solution Developer (MCTS) & SharePoint IT Professional (MCITP) with 4+ years of combined SharePoint experience. Currently working as a Senior SharePoint Consultant with Portal Solutions specializing in the Architecture & Development of complex custom solutions. I have worked with clients such as GirlScouts of USA, Conservation International, ECS, Fraunhofer Prometric & AVMA. Until recently, I was a consulting analyst with Accenture Technology Consulting where I worked with clients such as Philip Morris and the US Postal Service. I am an alumni of the University of Maryland with degrees in Computer Engineering and Business Management.

Matthew Bramer, @iOnline247
I’m a Software Engineer for Applied Information Sciences.  Essentially, I make web applications fun for the masses.  How cool is that? I’m currently learning JavaScript/jQuery and how they interact with Web Services and JSON.  My passion is to create intelligent, future-proof, streamlined business processes.

James Love, @jimmywim
Senior SharePoint and Business Intelligence Consultant for Intelligent Decisioning Ltd, a Microsoft Gold Certified Partner based in Nottingham UK specialising in SharePoint, CRM and Workflow.  I’m experienced with WSS 3.0, MOSS 2007, SharePoint Foundation 2010, SharePoint Server 2010, SQL Server Integration Services (SSIS), SQL Server Analysis Services (SSAS), MDX Scripting, Workflow & WCF. I’m certified to MCPD SharePoint 2010 Dev, and MCTS WSS & MOSS Config. I spend way too much time online.

 

The Judges

Mark Fidleman, @MarkFidelman
You know the distressed, working stiff in front of you in line at
Starbucks who was intermittently mumbling to himself? Nice to meet you,
too. My column in Forbes is OP/ED and based on my personal experience
and observations of working with Executives in the Global 3000. Now for
the good stuff: I am a Chief Social Strategist for harmon.ie, a Social
Business software organization, responsible for social, partner and
strategic initiatives. (note: views are strictly my own) – Author of an
upcoming social business book and creator of several high performing
presentations – www.slideshare.net/fidelman – follow me on Twitter MarkFidelman or Circle me on Google+

Bil Simser, @BilSimser
Bil has been involved with Microsoft’s .NET platform since the early
betas and has a deep passion for good Architecture and Software Design.
He specializes in SharePoint, .NET, Agile, TDD, and computer game
programming. Bil also runs several successful open-source projects. He
contributes to the software development community, taking the time to
review and edit SharePoint and Agile publications, and speak at user
groups, code camps, and conferences, including TechEd, DevConnections,
PDC, and DevTeach.

Jim Bob Howard, @jbhoward
Jim Bob Howard is first a husband and a father. For fun, he gets to go to work and play with SharePoint. He has been working with web technologies since 1993, building websites, working with content management tools, and building web applications for companies large and small. Bringing all of that experience SharePoint was a natural transition. Jim Bob enjoys contributing to the SharePoint community through his popular article series Extending the Data View Web Part and jQuery to the Rescue, speaking on the SharePoint circuit, and organizing SharePoint Saturdays in Austin, TX, and Nairobi, Kenya. He contributed a chapter entitled “jQuery to the Rescue,” to the new O’Reilly book, SharePoint 2010 at Work, published in February, 2012. Working remotely from Austin, Jim Bob is currently a Senior Solution Engineer for Juniper Strategy, LLC, a dynamic consulting firm in the Washington, DC, area.

The Challenge

And now (four note whistling melody) the EUSP Hunger Games Challenge:

Create a solution in SharePoint 2010 that uses the OPML files from this article and display the results. You must make it possible for the owner of the site to add additional feeds and remove feeds, at their descretion. 

The game starts when you read this. You have until Monday, June 18, 9:00am EST to provide a link to your solution. Good luck. May you be the final one left standing.

LET THE GAMES BEGIN! Hash tag for the event is: #EUSPGames