Announcing the Collaboration Kit Challenge winners

Sami Ekblad
Sami Ekblad
On Feb 27, 2023 4:26:35 PM

Today we are pleased to announce our Collaboration Kit Challenge winners! After careful consideration and evaluation, the jury selected the top three designs based on originality, effort, and design criteria. Each submission demonstrated high skill and creativity, making the selection process challenging but fun.

The goal was to use the Vaadin Collaboration Kit to either design or build a web application with real-time user collaboration — live editing, messaging, and notifying other users immediately when another user does something important. Other than using Vaadin Collaboration Kit, there were virtually no other limitations to the application.

The competition had a total of 119 entries. We had separate tracks for designers and developers with slightly different weights in the areas, but when going through the applications, we evaluated them based on the following criteria:

  • The uniqueness and originality of the application idea. 
  • The effort put into the implementation and presentation of the application idea.
  • Design and the look-and-feel of the application.

Design category winner

Without further ado, we congratulate our first-place winner of the design category, "Orderify"! Orderify is an innovative, functional, and visually stunning application for ordering and approval processing in enterprises.

The StepWise team put a lot of effort into creating an intuitive user interface and an accessible and collaborative ordering process for enterprise users. The jury was impressed with the clean, modern design, attention to detail, and clear presentation in Figma. The team behind Orderify will receive an iPad Pro with a stylus and a two-year runtime license for Collaboration Kit.

Development category winner

The winner of our development category is "Magnolia Editor"! Magnolia Editor is a CMS application that introduces intuitive, collaborative editing of web pages. The jury was convinced by the application's overall design, functionality, and presentation of the idea. The team behind Magnolia Editor will receive an iPad Pro with a keyboard and a two-year license for Collaboration Kit to run the application.

The following prizes were also given for each category: 

  • 2nd in the Design category: “Laika” - Enterprise project and task management. They will receive a reMarkable 2 and a Marker Plus.
  • 2nd in the Developer category: “GamePal” online gaming platform. They will receive a reMarkable 2 and a Marker Plus.
  • 3rd in the Developer category: “Hashrize” - A collaboration tool for judges to select winning photos in Instagram Hashtag Contest. They will receive Bose QuietComfort 45 headphones.

While Vaadiners were not allowed to participate in this competition itself, we hosted an internal challenge. The special mention in this category goes to the design of “Aajis” - a collaborative food ordering app for friends and groups. 

A big congratulations to all winners!

We want to thank everyone who participated in this competition. We hope that you will continue pursuing your passion for software development and building a new era of collaborative applications together with us. We look forward to seeing what you all come up with in the future!

Learn more about the Collaboration Kit, try the demo app, or read the documentation.

Sami Ekblad
Sami Ekblad
Sami Ekblad is one of the original members of the Vaadin team. As a DX lead he is now working as a developer advocate, to help people the most out of Vaadin tools. You can find many add-ons and code samples to help you get started with Vaadin. Follow at – @samiekblad
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