Congratulations to The Foot Injury Clan on their success at Hack Manchester!Published: Friday, 01 November 2013
Student team from Computer Science wins the LayerShift challenge at HackManchester 2013.
Congratulations to James Robertson (Y3, CS4), Ted John (Y3, CS4), Radu Chichi (CSwIE, currently on a year long placement with Microsoft) and Miso (Mike) Zmiric (Y3, CS4) (aka thefootinjuryclan.com) on winning the Layershift challenge at Hack Manchester on the 27th October.
The Foot Injury Clan’s (TFIC) winning hack included an online text-based adventure game with role-playing game (RPG) elements which was also capable of interacting with PlayStation Move controllers and Novation Launchpad (3 were used in the demo) to create some nice light show effects, reflect the story environment of the game and also play the game with the Launchpad controller. The game also has a story (graph) builder tool, making it possible for any player to create their own stories and share them with others. If playing the game in your browser or using the Novation Launchpad isn't enough it is also possible to play it via SMS on your phone. The whole system was powered by Layershift's Jelastic Platform as a Service (PaaS) on which TFIC had over 500 virtual servers, serving content, processing data and running real-time communication with all connected game clients. For more info watch the "elevator pitch" video or read the TFIC Blog post.
Hack Manchester is a 24 hour coding competition, part of the annual Manchester Science Festival held at the Museum of Science and Industry (MOSI). Now in it’s second year, with over 200 participants from across the North West, Hack Manchester is sponsored by range of local technology companies including Barclays, Web Applications UK, Laterooms.com, Capsule CRM, AO.com, Layershift, Harvey Nash and Clockwork SMS.