Announcing

Announcing the winners of the July 2013 Dev Derby!

This past summer, some of the most passionate and creative web developers out there innovated with the File API in our July Dev Derby contest. After sorting through the entries, an all-star cast of former judges–Peter Lubbers, Eric Shepherd, and David Walsh–decided on three winners and two runners-up.

Not a contestant? There are other reasons to be excited. Most importantly, all of these demos are completely open-source, making them wonderful lessons in the exciting things you can do with the File API today.

Dev Derby

The Results

Winners

Runners-up

Congratulations to these winners! As always, this represents only a small portion of the impressive work submitted to the contest. After you have finished playing with these winning demos, be sure to check out the rest. You will not be disappointed.

The Dev Derby is currently on hiatus, but will be back before long. In the meantime, head over to the Demo Studio to see some general-interest demos and submit your own.

Further reading

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Announcing the winners of the June 2013 Dev Derby!

This June, some of the most creative web developers out there pushed the limits of WebGL in our June Dev Derby contest. After sorting through the entries, our expert judges–James Padolsey and Maire Reavy–decided on three winners and three runners-up.

Not a contestant? There are other reasons to be excited. Most importantly, all of these demos are completely open-source, making them wonderful lessons in the exciting things you can do with WebGL today.

Dev Derby

The Results

Winners

Runners-up

Congratulations to these winners and to everyone who competed! The Web is a better, more expansive place because of their efforts.

Further reading

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Announcing the winners of the May 2013 Dev Derby

This May, some of the most creative web developers out there pushed the limits of getUserMedia in our May Dev Derby contest. After sorting through the entries, our four expert judges–James Padolsey, Janet Swisher, Maire Reavy, and Randell Jesup–decided on three winners and two runners-up.

Not a contestant? There are other reasons to be excited. Most importantly, all of these demos are completely open-source, making them wonderful lessons in the exciting things you can do with getUserMedia today.

Dev Derby

The results

Winners

Runners-up

To call these entries mind-blowing would be an understatement. I would say they left me speechless, but quite the opposite was true–I found myself sharing them with everyone I could. Naming just a few winners was especially difficult this month, so please join me in congratulating all of our competitors for making the web so much more exciting than it was just a couple of months ago.

Want to get a head start on an upcoming Derby? We are accepting demos related to the File API in our ongoing July contest. Head over to the Dev Derby to get started.

Further reading

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Announcing an administrative change to the Dev Derby

Today we would like to announce an administrative change to the Dev Derby, our monthly web development contest.

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The day-to-day operations of the Derby have historically been overseen by just one Mozilla staff member. This worked for a while, but the scope of the project has made the approach less and less realistic over time–keeping the lights on can alone require more time than any one person has to offer. Meanwhile, the wider Mozilla community has been doing an incredible job extending the contest in ways none could have imagined. They have started a blossoming online community of Dev Derby participants, have run several Derby-themed workshops in Toronto (complete with expert speakers, passionate attendees, and lots of pizza), and have even taken the first steps toward running these workshops around the world.

Giving these wonderful volunteers ownership of the project just makes sense. They can do more than any one Mozilla staff member, and their creativity will undoubtedly lead to many exciting new contest improvements. As a result, we have decided to hand operations of the Dev Derby off to Kensie Connor–who has been leading many of these efforts–and others from the best community out there.

The Dev Derby will take a short break from August to October so that we can prepare for this change. The July contest will run as usual, and the winners of previous contests will be announced and rewarded just as they always have, but a new contest will not begin until November. The November contest may bring some changes to the contest format, but the mission of providing a platform that helps web developers learn, share, and push the web forward will remain the same. Of course, we welcome your feedback in the comments section as we start to think about new opportunities.

We also welcome you to leave a comment if you have any questions about this transition. We hope that this initial announcement will be the start of a longer discussion, one that will foster a bright future for this important project.

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Announcing the winners of the April 2013 Dev Derby!

This past April, some of the most creative web developers out there showed us what they could do with Web Workers in the April Dev Derby contest. After looking through the entries, our expert judges–James Padolsey, Janet Swisher, Maire Reavy, and Randell Jesup–decided on three winners and two runners-up.

Not a contestant? There are other reasons to be excited. Most importantly, all of these demos are completely open-source, making them wonderful lessons in the exciting things you can do with Web Workers today.

Dev Derby

The Results

Winners

Runners-up

April was the month of the newcomer. If you have ever doubted your ability to make a difference on the web, just look at these results and think again. As always, it was difficult to name just a few winners, so please join me in congratulating all of our competitors for making the web a more exciting and a more responsive place.

Want to get a head start on an upcoming Derby? We are now accepting demos related to WebGL (June) and the File API (July). Head over to the Dev Derby to get started.

Further reading

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Announcing the winners of the March 2013 Dev Derby!

This past March, some of the most creative web developers out there showed us what they could do for the mobile Web in the March Dev Derby contest. After looking through the entries, our our three expert judges–Craig Cook, Franck Lecollinet, and Guillaume Lecollinet–decided on three winners and two runners-up.

Not a contestant? There are other reasons to be excited. Most importantly, all of these demos are completely open-source, making them wonderful lessons in the exciting mobile experiences you can create today using only the skills you already have.

Dev Derby

The Results

Winners

Runners-up

The March Derby saw some great entries, from games to productivity applications to wonderfully useful location-based services and more. Please join me in congratulating these winners and all of our contributors for making the wireless world a better and more exciting place.

Want to get a head start on an upcoming Derby? We are now accepting demos related to getUserMedia (May) and WebGL (June). Head over to the Dev Derby to get started.

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Announcing the winners of the February 2013 Dev Derby!

Last month, some of the most creative web developers out there pushed the limits of touch events and multi-touch interaction in the February Dev Derby contest. After looking through the entries, our three expert judges–Franck Lecollinet, Guillaume Lecollinet, and (filling in for Craig Cook this month) yours truly–decided on three winners and two runners-up.

Not a contestant? There are other reasons to be excited. Most importantly, all of these demos are completely open-source, making them wonderful lessons in the exciting things you can do with multi-touch today.

Dev Derby

The Results

Winners

Runners-up

Naming just a few winners is always difficult, but the task was especially hard this time around. Just about every demo I came across impressed me more than the last, and I know our other judges faced a similar dilemma. Our winners managed to take a relatively familiar form of interaction and create experiences that were more creative, more fun, and more visually stunning than we would have ever predicted. Congratulations to them and to everyone else who amazed us last month.

Want to get a head start on an upcoming Derby? We are now accepting demos related to mobile web development in general (March), Web Workers (April), and getUserMedia (May). Head over to the Dev Derby to get started.

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Announcing Firefox OS App Workshops

Madrid, Bogotá, Warsaw & Beyond


blaze_your_fxosFirefox OS phones will be available to consumers in several countries this summer, and they will be looking for great apps to install from Firefox Marketplace. If you know how to build mobile app experiences with HTML5 and JavaScript, we’re looking for you—especially if you’d like to develop apps in Spanish, Polish or Portuguese! If you’re fast and focused, this is the time to take first-mover advantage.

Our first three hands-on technical workshops for skilled web app developers take place in Madrid, Spain, on Saturday, April 20; in Bogotá, Colombia on Saturday, May 18; and in Warsaw, Poland on Saturday, June 1. We hope to announce more workshops in more locales later in the season.

You must apply to attend: We’ll ask you to show us your JavaScript expertise and/or past experience building web apps and working with web APIs.

Who Should Apply


We’re looking for small teams or solo developers with solid ideas and strong web development skills. If you’ve already built a successful PhoneGap, Chrome, webOS, Blackberry WebWorks app, or other open web app for mobile or desktop, we’d love to work with you on migrating your existing app or building a new one. Mozilla engineers and tech evangelists will help participants complete an app or port an existing one to the Firefox OS phone and into the Firefox Marketplace.

Please apply now if you’d like to attend any of these workshops. We’ll be reviewing applications as they come in, with a focus on our first locations. We’ll get back to you as soon as possible.

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What We’ll Offer

  • A great place to hack.
  • Hands-on help from Firefox OS developers.
  • Food, drink and demos. And t-shirts, of course.
  • More code, less talk.
  • Firefox OS Developer Preview phones, really!

How to Prepare

There’s more than one way to start building Firefox apps. Here are a few resources to get you started:

Firefox OS Workshop application form.

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Announcing the winners of the January 2013 Dev Derby!

This past January, creative web developers from around the world showed us what they could do with drag and drop interaction in the January Dev Derby contest. After looking through the entries, our three new expert judges–Craig Cook, Franck Lecollinet, and Guillaume Lecollinet–decided on three winners and two runners-up.

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Not a contestant? There are other reasons to be excited. Most importantly, all of these demos are completely open-source, making them wonderful lessons in the exciting things you can do with drag and drop today.

The Results

Winners

Runners-up

These contestants were not satisfied just bringing this age-old interaction to the Web. They also made it fun, helpful, musical, and even a little amusing. Congratulations to them and to all of the amazing contestants who pushed the limit of drag and drop interaction.

Want to get a head start on an upcoming Derby? We are now accepting demos related to mobile web development in general (March), Web Workers (April), and by popular demand, getUserMedia (May). Head over to the Dev Derby to get started.

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Announcing the winners of the December 2012 Dev Derby!

Last month, some of the most creative web developers out there showed us what they could do with Offline web technologies in the December Dev Derby contest. After looking through the entries, our three judges–Dave Rupert, Eric Shepherd and (filling in for Christian Heilmann this month) yours truly–decided on three winners and two runners-up.

Not a contestant? There are other reasons to be excited. Most importantly, all of these demos are completely open-source, making them wonderful lessons in the exciting things you can do with the offline Web today.

Dev Derby

The Results

Winners

Runners-up

This was a very exciting contest with some really exceptional results to show for it. Through their incredible work, these contestants have shown the world that we do not need to struggle with poor internet connections at conferences, desperately search for an open network just to work with others, or consume costly data just to play a web-enabled game.

Thanks to these contestants and to everyone else who competed for making the Web a better place.

Want to get a head start on an upcoming Derby? We are now accepting demos related to Drag and Drop (January) and multi-touch (February) and mobile in general (March). Head over to the Dev Derby to get started.

Further Reading

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