Getting ready to ruumbleee…

After being absent last year, today I will start my participation in the Rails Rumble event. Together with a teammate we will try to finish a project within the next 48h, using the Ruby and its Ruby on Rails web framework. Personally I enjoy this kind of challenges, even though it’s not guaranteed that we will be able to finish anything. This was what happened 2 years ago when we weren’t able to finish our project, our final push had a bug that turned the application completely unusable. Even didn’t winning anything, we learned a lot and had some fun.

Later we continued working on that project for while, eventually we were able to enter other contests with it and obtained very good feedback. The application was called Payup and is still online (but it doesn’t work very well).

Payup landing page

However the market for this kind of application already had many competitors, some of those more mature and well established. Our app had some flaws that needed to be fixed, with our day jobs and other projects we slowly let it die. But hey, it wasn’t bad for the work of one or two weekends.

Not every personal project either related to a hobby or from a challenge must necessarily be a huge success and be maintained forever, that is the great thing about these kind of projects, you do it, you succeed, or you fail, and you move on to the next one and keep learning new stuff. If you had to maintain every project or experience, you once worked on forever, you probably would lose the interest in starting new things, even if they were just for fun.

So today, we will do it again. I’m searching my list of ideas and discussing them with a teammate. A new ride is about to start…

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Ignite Coimbra

IgniteLast friday I went to the 9,5º Ignite Portugal, the first held in Coimbra, it was shorter than usual maybe because it happened between two major events,one in Lisbon and another in Oporto. For those who doesn’t know what i’m talking about, Ignite is:

“Fast-paced, fun, thought-provoking, social, local, global—Ignite is all of these and more. It’s a high-energy evening of 5-minute talks by people who have an idea—and the guts to get onstage and share it with their hometown crowd.”

It all started in Seattle in 2006 and spread to all over the world. I was hoping for something bigger and with more talks about lots of other subjects, perhaps I went to the wrong event and the one that happened in Lisbon was what I had in my mind. Yet it was a well spent evening and I was particularly fascinated with Pedro Ruivo’s talk, “Sonhar>Acreditar>Alcançar>Superar”.

Finally I have to agree with Ignite’s philosophy, with 5 minutes talks you never get bored, it was 3 hours at cruising speed.