June 14, 2009
We, as Sun Campus Ambassadors, represented Sun Microsystems at Swedish Game Awards 2009 final ceremony on 13th of June at KTH main campus. Game awards is one of the biggest game development contest and Sun Microsystems is one of the biggest sponsors of this event. This year around 200 people visited the stands and talked with us about Java and Java FX. We encouraged students and professional game developers to use Java FX and distributed Java books and mugs.
The competition started in 2002 as a sub-project to Excitera, the student-driven entrepreneurship association at the Royal Institute of Technology (KTH), and was then called KTH Game Awards. Excitera Mobile Awards, a mobile application development competition, was started a year later and is now a part of Swedish Game Awards. The Categories for Swedish Game Awards 2008 have been changed to reflect changes in both technologies and the industry. They have now put the focus on the game, instead of on the platform. When contestants design a game, it doesnt matter what target platform they have intended for it, as long as the prototype runs on either Windows XP, OSX (as a Universal binary) or Linux (latest stable build of Ubuntu). The competition also support emulators and so called “mods”, modifications of existing games, such as Half-Life 2 or Unreal Tournament.
After a very tough final round Robert Larsson, from Chalmers University, won the Java FX and best execution awards by his game Imperii. We would like to congratulate Robert and hope to see more Java FX projects in the market.
March 18, 2008
Sun is giving away $500 for 10 winners and T-Shirts for 100 winners with the best blogs. This is a GREAT opportunity for developers –including students– to learn about NetBeans IDE, have some fun, and possibly get rich and famous! Well maybe not rich, but there are cash prizes and noteworthy blogs will be linked from NetBeans.org
As the contest web page says, the process is simple:
1. Download the NetBeans IDE 6.1 Beta (or later release) and try it out.
2. Blog about it!
3. Submit the URL to your blog.
4. Do it before April 18, 2008!
Here’s what we’d like you to do:
Post a blog describing your experience using the new NetBeans IDE 6.1, a tutorial, insight, tech tip, cool code sample, request for enhancements, etc. Your blog must be linked to a comment or trackback made to the NetBeans Blogging Contest site. Entries must be new material and not copied from something already written. Complete the submission form, or email a link of your blog entry to email@example.com
Need ideas for what to post to claim the top prize? Here are suggestions:
- Show a cool code sample using the new NetBeans IDE 6.1
- Create a “Top 10” NetBeans Tutorials/Links/Snippets/Tricks
- Share your deep insight about NetBeans IDE 6.1 development, including your favorite features
- Give suggestions on how to enhance the NetBeans IDE 6.1
- Build a cool plugin to share with the NetBeans Community
Contest starts: March 14, 2008
Contest deadline: April 18, 2008
Judging period: April 19 – May 12, 2008
Winners announced: May 12, 2008
Here’s some added incentive:
The 10 schools with the highest number of blogs will each receive 50 vouchers for credit towards Java certification (to be distributed by the ambassadors either to students who blogged and/or via Tech Talks). And the school with the most blogs total gets $250 USD cash for pizza at an upcoming Tech Talk.
March 5, 2008
I am sure all of you still remember the tech demo and presentation at KTH about NetBeans 6.0, new features of developing games visually and some example games from this years competition. That was a really great event.
Now you can watch the videos, download the presentation slides,which are about Sun Microsystems and NetBeans 6.0
Videos from the Presentation
NetBeans 6.0 and What it can do for your mobile game?
History and Philosophy behind Sun Microsystems
Petr Suchomel Shows of NetBeans 6.0
February 8, 2008
On 14th of February there will be an event about Swedish Game Awards.
Petr Suchomel: Senior Architect in Sun Microsystem’s Java and Developer Platform Group. He is also and engineering tech lead for the NetBeans Mobility Pack, concentrating on high level issues, usability and cooperation with partners.
Kent Aberg: Swedish representative for Sun Microsystem, working with Business Development, Education and Research.
Sun Introduction– Kent Aberg, Sun’s complete plaform for Web 2.0 and Mobile Devices.
NetBeans 6.0 Overview– Petr Suchomel, the new features of NetBeans 6.0. Demonstration of the Visual Designer and Game Designer. SVG usage in applications.
NetBeans 6.0 in Depth– Petr Suchomel, Application design. Setting up and testing for target devices. Using SVG in Visual Designer. Hand on labs.
Date: 14 February 2008
Place: Salongen at KTH Library, Osquars backe 25