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February 04, 2008

The N810 Giveaway Winner Announcement!

As if finding myself with two s wasn’t enough of a predicament. (I know: there are many of you scratching your heads, saying, “Yeah, right!”) But, honestly, there have been innumerable accounts over the course of my (what, over twenty years now?!) involvement with open source software and communities where I wished I could give back even a modicum of the products, support, friendships, et cetera, that I have withdrawn for my own use (and even profit).

Sure, I have been part of a few open source development teams over the years. I have also provided a lot of graphic design work (and a little money) to people who were developing software out of the goodness of their hearts. But, receiving this — for doing nothing more than assisting a group of people test a few processes — gives me the opportunity to really give back. And now, although I am now faced with deciding whose project idea — out of over forty passionate and creative submissions — should be the winner in my little “contest,” I am happy that I have that chance to give back in a bigger, more profound way.

How did I decide on a winner? My intent was to do it on my own, but, thankfully, a couple of kind chaps from the development team offered to lend a hand. Thanks, guys. Likewise, I had a number of mental criteria* that I was going to base my decision off of:

  • How much impact will the project have on the maemo community and to Internet Tablets in general?
  • Is the project a completely new idea?
  • Will the project overlap other activity already in process for maemo?
  • Is there a realistic, viable roadmap for the project?
  • How developed is the project already?
  • What are the greater plans (i.e., meta-plans) of the project?
  • Does the project actually need an N810 to proceed?
  • Will the project have any wider, social ramifications?
  • Will the project inspire additional development on other types of applications?

*This is just a handful of everything that was going through my mind.

If you’ve read through the submissions that I received, you can see that my decision didn’t come easy.

I’d like to point out that most of the project submissions were very good. In fact, my advice to those of you who didn’t win is that you continue developing your ideas and make them available to the community. This is the way of the open source paradigm, is it not? Release fast, release often. Do not feel remorse if I did not choose you: it was most likely not because your project wasn’t worthy, but because something else hit a nerve and, well, spoke to me. Also, don’t feel like you need to argue with me over my decision, because: (a) I don’t feel like arguing; (b) you’re probably right.

So, who’s the winner of this “contest” anyway?! That’s another thing has caused a little bit of consternation. But, since “contest” is what everyone is calling it, I can’t do much about it. But, if you’ve noticed, I have always italicized the word winner and I have always put the word “contest” in quotes. In my mind, this wasn’t really a contest and I don’t want to think of the person whom I’ve chosen as a winner. Let’s just think of this person as someone who has a good sense of where they are going, initial development towards an achievable goal, and a heart for contributing to the greater good.

And, yes, that is what affected the outcome of this “contest.”

Nokia N810 Internet Tablet promo shotMy choice:

Robin’s idea has to do with creating an application that will aid in the education of children with (e.g., , , etc.). In fact, Trudel has the added motivation of two sons who are suffering from these very issues. For some, struggling with unexpected lifestyle changes such as these might be impossible to cope with, but Robin has taken his predicament and turned it into creativity and philanthropy. Not only does Robin desire to develop alternative means of helping and educating children, but he has written the book, .

Trudel’s project won’t just be an aide to those with disorders either, but it will further help to develop the Internet Tablet/maemo towards something that has not yet been fully realized: computer speech and linguistic theory.

A quote from Trudel:

Today my focus is using some research taken from and integrating it with computer speech. The premise is that the first 300 words of the English language represent 80% of all written material. If a child (or someone learning English as a second language) acquires these first 300 they are very close to being literate.

I can only imagine what other innovative applications might be inspired by research and development of this nature.

Anyway, I’d like to congratulate Robin on his work and his submission. I am looking forward to seeing this project develop as well as help those in need. Please help me in letting Robin know that we support him by commenting below.

Posted at 1:48 pm

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Comments (13):
Nice election Tim.

yerga (URL) - February 04, 2008 at 2:10 pm

Good choice!

Roger Sperberg () (URL) - February 04, 2008 at 2:20 pm

and nice selection for the giving. Good to see some people still making a difference in this increasingly indifferent world. And that goes to Robinas well as you Tim.

Nilanjan - February 04, 2008 at 2:58 pm

Good choice Tim…Great regards from Italy!!!

[nokiottolo89] () - February 04, 2008 at 4:22 pm

good choice, Tim

pietr de mil () - February 04, 2008 at 5:19 pm

My project didn’t get chosen and, well, as you said I will carry it anyway, and I encourage all the other participants to do so, whenever time and money permits!

Congratulations on your choice, and congratulations to Robin, I wish him the best to realize his very generous project!

Thanks for having this contest in the first place!

theefer () (URL) - February 05, 2008 at 03:25 am

Thank you so very much Tim. I’m very excited at the opportunity you’ve provided to me.

I’m as grateful for the recognition and encouragement as the 810 itself.

Robin Edward Trudel (URL) - February 05, 2008 at 06:38 am

A very good choice! My girlfriend is working as a logopaedic with children with a linguistic dissability and we also talked about how these tablets might be a good/affordable tool to assist in this area. I think gcompris is a nice example of this. So good luck with the project Robin!

PhilipX - February 05, 2008 at 06:40 am

A worthy selection. Congrats Robin. And thanks Tim, both for your generosity, and also for sparking some great ideas within this community.

Sanjeev - February 05, 2008 at 07:08 am

PhilipX, would you be so kind as to forward my contact information to your girlfriend? I’d appreciate adding her to my list of resources/testers.

[rtrudel] () (URL) - February 06, 2008 at 07:06 am

No problem, we’ll contact you soon!

PhilipX - February 06, 2008 at 12:25 pm

Last week I was speaking with a woman in this area that is involved in simlar endavors. Its great to see generosity get tech into the hands of those that it will be of best benefit towards. Thanks Tim for your inspirtation. I would hope to hear updates of this project as it moves along as well. Blessings.

Antoine of MMM/Brighthand () (URL) - February 08, 2008 at 1:26 pm

A warm hello & smooth salute to you Tim..

While searching a source to let parentless children in Gombak near Kuala Lumpur Malaysia to know what the idea is I.N.T.E.R.N.E.T to them, I found this site..

But it is to late for me or for those children..

I do really hope for the sake of the children, if there is someone else in this endless bound of maya world can help us to make this world a little bit difference, helping us to get The Internet Tablet of Nokia N810..

In Malaysia, the N810 is not available. And they never announced when will it be launch here..

So if there is somebody that willing to giveaway this helpful item.. Please.. Here is my friends’ adress and he is a thankful guy who always lend his shoulder to those children:

Pondok Ana
No. 9, Jalan 6,
Taman Batu,
Off Greenwood Park,
68100 Batu Caves, Selangor Darul Ehsan,
Malaysia.
Attn: Ustaz Azrizaz Aziz
(+60126641511)

Your help is warmful welcome.. thanks again..
(Tim.. Thanks for lending me this space for those children)

Azrizaz Aziz () - May 27, 2008 at 04:18 am

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