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Project Name: Pandamatrix 001
Project URL: http://zero-pandacube.rhcloud.com/
Loose point, if you do not repeat enough. Gain points for steady progress. Learn hunderts of new words a week. Compete in real time with others learners.
Why fail? The app is very incomplete, because I tried a couple of frameworks, where I should have used just a single one from the start. Also, I was not sure, what to build - started late, and it took quite some time to get the css and the basics of the framework in place. Plus things AFK. However, this is what I like about deadlines, they are real good technology usability judges.
Goal: The aim of the app was to gamify vocabulary learning and to create a site, where you are unobtrusively aware of the other people on the site by various real-time metrics and hidden contests (most active in the last . It's easier to learn in a library, among others. Many vocabulary sites are boring and you won't get any learning history - so I think there are many fun stuffs to try out, even on such a dry topic.
Also, on the real time side, I wanted to include live word usages from twitter, news sites and such - to allow an impression on how the word is used. Maybe even images from imgur, flickr.
What is working: A nice flat UI CSS framework (gumby), basic web framework (Flask), Open ID Sign in and a mock of the learning page, that displays a word and lets you enter your translation. Correct words are marked green, ENTER will move you to the next (Knockoutjs) - correct words will earn you one point.
Thanks Pandas for organizing the hackathon with the cutest logo, hope I'll meet you again next time.
Real Name: Martin Czygan
Real Name: Adrian Rylski
Good idea. Nice simple, flat design. Pitty you have not managed to push it further. Keep at it!
Real Name: Mike Dalziel
Nice idea and the future plans would add a cool real-time element to it. Hope you complete the project in the future.
Real Name: Dumitru Glavan
Location: Kapellen, Belgium
Great app idea, I'm sure it will be useful when it's ready. Keep going!
Real Name: Dominic McPhee
Location: Ottawa, ON
Bio: Pandacodium Co-Founder - Web & Mobile Developer
This game has a nice and simple design. It is a good idea and could be fun to play. It would have been nice to see it incorporate something more real-time, such as an updating high score list or way to challenge other players. With some more work I could see people playing this and learning at the same time.
Real Name: Michael Hall
Location: The Sol System
Bio: Pandacodium guy. Also Web Developer and things.
I really like the idea of this application. As a learning tool, it's a very good way to better your vocabulary. But it's also a game, which makes it fun as well. Unfortunately, as it's not complete, it's a bit hard to judge.
One thing that I really like was that there are no distractions on the page while you're playing. I feel like it would help if you're trying to focus on the word.
Real Name: Max Mackie
Location: Ottawa, Canada
Bio: Pandacodium Co-Founder, entrepreneur and board game addict
This is a seriously awesome project. It's unfortunate you didn't get to finish.
As an educational tool, I see it paralleling what Duolingo is doing - however you've managed to fuse learning with fun and gaming. You're guaranteed to get better word retention like this. I've also never known of an app that does this (although I'm sure some exist somewhere).
Overall, this is a good project that just didn't get completed. Please keep going with this one, you could go far.
Real Name: Andrew Kandalaft
I love language learning applications, this definitely seems unique and very enjoyable. It's too bad there was so little done but I tried to judge you on your vision for the application as well.
I don't really have much to say for this application other than I'd like to see what it is like when it is more complete. I like the social network integration to give you an idea of perhaps non-standard cultural words or slang which I haven't found a lot in other language learning applications. I really like that you decided to do something like this for the hackathon. Good luck!
Real Name: Lance Lafontaine
Very original idea, fun too. Great UI. Realtime could be more emphasized. Very limited word set though (at least for the time being). Would also be interesting to see synonyms being accepted as well (maybe with lesser points). Overall, well done but needs an extra little push for completion.
Real Name: Gregor Terrill
Bio: Web developer at N-VisionIT Interactive.
Good idea and could be very useful after it's fleshed out a bit more. Just not enough there at the moment to merit a higher score. I'd encourage you to keep at this or revisit it in a future hackathon, now that you have a better idea of the direction you want to take it and the frameworks you'd use to implement it.
Real Name: Marcel Turcotte
Location: Ottawa, ON, Canada
Bio: Associate Computer Science professor at the University of Ottawa.
I had to go back to the home page to read the rules before I could do something. I could see that this could evolve into a fun app. In the limited time that I had to look at the app, I failed to see the real-time aspect of the app. Originality: can it evolve into some of the fascinating games by Luis von Ahn?
Real Name: Trevor
Very difficult to tell what was going on. Language selector did not work - everything was French. No idea how to use the "real time" portion
Real Name: Sarah Marinoff
Location: Ottawa, ON, Canada
I like the concept of language-learning tools. You mentioned how you wanted to game-ify the process, and while your app does keep score, I didn't detect any other game-like aspects that actually made it much fun. You're off to a good start, but there are a lot of missing features at this stage. Good effort considering the late start, time limit, etc.