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Submit your ideas for the DevChallenge here...

If you are thinking of entering the DevChallenge, submit your intention to do so on this page before the conference to help us get an idea of interest for the challenge. The deadline for submitting your intention to enter is 4pm on Monday the 10th of September 2012.

The challenge will start on Monday 10th of September, 2012 where we have a flexible space for you visit to develop your ideas further and enjoy the rest of the conference. However, your actual idea doesn't have to be submitted until 3pm on Tuesday 11th of September, 2012. After that you will be required to pitch your idea to a conference audience and the winners will be announced the next day, see the Developer Challenge page for more details.

Posting your Idea / Intention to Enter / Getting Feedback

We really want you to be involved before the conference, so post your idea now on this page using the comments field at the foot of the page - start up a discussion, get some feedback and refine your idea.

At the conference you will have opportunities to get feedback from attendees during breaks and particularly at the drinks reception before you have to pitch.

The deadline to submit your actual idea is Tuesday 11th September 15:00, you can then discuss your idea over wine during the Drinks Reception at 19:00 and then you will be required to pitch your idea after, at the Dragons' Pizza Den at 20:30!

Please include the following information (if you can):

  • The name of the team/individual
  • The names of the individuals and where they work
  • A description of the idea and how you will implement it technically. Remember, it is not a requirement to produce working code (unless you really want to!)
  • How long it would take to code, if you haven’t already written the code.
  • A URI to some more information about the entry if possible

Please refer to the Dev Challenge Page for further information about the challenge.

Kaushi says:
Sep 10, 2012 11:00 AM
Debate app
Kaushi says:
Sep 10, 2012 02:14 PM
Hi, are you at the conference, come along to the Dev Challenge room next to JCR and we can chat a little more about it.
Mahendra says:
Sep 10, 2012 02:15 PM
Forgot to add, that was me (Mahendra) asking you!
Jimme Jardine
Jimme Jardine says:
Sep 10, 2012 01:26 PM
Hi, I am Jimme Jardine, a 3rd year PhD at the Computer Laboratory at the University of Cambridge.

My idea involves finding the most important papers to read in a niche area of science. Currently, citation counts seem to be the de-facto method of evaluating how important/ influential a paper is. However, citation counts are GLOBAL concepts, and speciality in science is anything but global.

I propose replacing global citation counts with a measure of importance/ influence inside a niche. I would do this using natural language processing to work out the niches, and then a modified personalised version of PageRank (the same algorithm used by Google’s search) to ferret out the most influential papers in each niche.

During my PhD I have built the free research management software Qiqqa (available at, which already provides the infrastructure for assembling a collection of papers, of gathering the bibliographic metadata for those papers, for finding the cross references between those papers, for automatically finding the themes and niches inside those papers, and for visualising the relationships between those papers in an automated brainstorm.

All that would remain to complete this DevChallenge would be to implement the algorithm that finds the influential papers. I am sure I could do that by tomorrow evening.

Unfortunately I was too late to be able to register for the DigitalResearch conference (I only found out about it today!). But if there is still space to sign up, I would love to attend.

Thanks, Jimme (
Mahendra says:
Sep 10, 2012 02:13 PM
James, this is great, my skype ID is mr_mahendra_mahey, may be we can chat about it?
David DeRoure
David DeRoure says:
Sep 10, 2012 03:55 PM
Was chatting to David DeRoure about Sonification. There are now plenty of ways to visualise data, what about sonifying it, a little bit of work has been done, but may be we should revisit this? E.g. Sonifying social networks, visiting clusters of activity with different sounds. Positive comments, pleasant / harmonius, Negative dicordant sounds.
Eamonn Maguire
Eamonn Maguire says:
Sep 10, 2012 05:42 PM
I have an idea for a biodiversity mobile application.
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