The rules are pretty simple. Each app is tested by 5 judges in 3 criteria: creativity, business plan and hebrew support. The winner gets a nice advertising campaign by Pelephone as well as 30,000 NIS cash award!
Two days before the submission due date, we've decided to quickly convert GeoMania to hebrew and submit it.
This was not an easy task as it sounds... We've worked our ass off! Changing all the GUI to be right-to-left and creating all the images again was truly exhausting.
Finally we've managed to complete "גאו מאניה", a Lite Hebrew version and we submitted it at the last minute! Here's the app store link (requires iTunes installed). An Englsh version can be found here.
And guess what? We won the 1st place!!! We beat more than 60 participants! Some of them are even doing that for their living. And we just went there, reaping the fruits and taking the best award!
Yet, getting the actual money may take a while. Meanwhile, we only got a huge plastic cheque! Which is extremely cool! You can do so many things with it, but you cannot cash it. We're still waiting hopefully the logistics will be completed soon.
It's about sending virtual kisses to your friends, via email and SMS. We also offer a lite version in which you can send "Green" virtual kisses to planet earth that will raise awareness for the environment.
The app also allows you to see a navigable 3D globe, that you can see all the kisses that were sent from anywhere in the world.
Visit www.kissnblow.com and get updated in realtime on all the the kisses sent to the world.
Celebrating our upcoming release, we've decided to take a break and went on a social bonding trip in northern Israel with our spouses.
Since Oded grew up in this area, he was our expert and guided us safely :-)
We all got up really early, which is really hard for a night people like us, and drove toward the Banias Stream, which was the starting point. We had a nice short trek in the area around the river. This route is pretty nice, because you get to see the stream and the path is mostly shaded.
By the end of the trek we came across a nice waterfall. Since the water are freezing cold, you can actually feel the cool breeze in the air, just by standing close to the waterfall.
From left: Rennen (me), Oded, Moran, Shimrit and Koren. Picture is taken by Tomer.
Tomer is suspiciously inspecting camera while the shutter closes on his light reflection.
After the trek, we went kayaking. We picked a 8km route in the Jordan river. It lasted nearly 3 hours and by the time it was finished we were exhausted and hungry.
Quite quickly we've found a nice place near the river for our barbeque and started preparing the food. Apparently as always, we overbought. So we had no alternative but to eat it all. I've really excelled myself with the amounts of meat I ate, before I reached the steaks. And then excelled myself again.
At the end of the day were were exhausted, but content.
In every business aspect, eventually it comes back to people.
It doesn't matter how much you try to hide behind technology, business plans, image, working methods or procedures. Eventually it comes back to individuals. The characteristics and nature that certain individuals may bring to your team is not as measureable as "bug fixing velocity" or "technology expertise". Yet, in many cases, the contribution makes a huge difference.
All the more so in relation to software development. And even more when talking about developing creative artistic applications like we do in Tritap. This brings to mind the term Peopleware. This term places the people as one of the three core aspects of computer technology: Software, Hardware and Peopleware. Right where they belong. The term is taken from a wonderful and very-influencing book Peopleware:_Productive_Projects_and_Teams, and I'd advise anybody to read it, especially if working in any technology related industry.
Last night we've finally signed up a partnership agreement, that covers for our next upcoming project (which is going to be absolutely awsome! but that's another story for another thread). The event itself was very nice. Pizza and icecream - the perfect carbs party! Of course we've opened up a bottle of champagne (well, actually cava) and raised a toast for the joyful moment.
I'm very proud to have such a great team, and to be a part of Tritap when such a wonderful people are on board. This is simply the biggest asset of Tritap.