TVBUG Wins the MSDN Canada Inter Usergroup Competition

The final judging for the MSDN Canada Inter Usergroup Competition was held last night and my group, the Toronto Visual Basic User Group (TVBUG), wound up taking first place.

Most of the details of last night's event have already been posted by Ken Cox but I would like to add a few comments:

First off I have give props to all the teams on their efforts. Each team had an impressive entry and obviously spent a lot of time on their projects.

Secondly I'd to thank Sasha Krsmanovic and Craig Flannagan of MSDN Canada for putting this contest together and for organizing an excellent event last night.

Finally I'd like to both thank and congratulate Tony Cavaliere and the rest of the TVBUG team: Leila Mahdavi, Henry Segal, John Lin, Eugene Onutan, Pankaj Verma, Alex Vlasov, Lan Tse, Ken Cox and Igor Shtygashev! This victory really belongs to Tony, I'm glad his hard work and dedication to the project paid off.

Update: Sasha posted links to the video presentations done by each group:

Published Fri, Apr 22 2005 12:44 by windsor
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# The final judging

If group were able to vote against each other, how can you be sure, the votes were impartial and not simply strategic?

Tuesday, April 26, 2005 9:33 PM by windsor

# re: TVBUG Wins the MSDN Canada Inter Usergroup Competition

The contest was designed to promote team building and community, it was just a friendly competition between groups in the Candian .NET community. I hope everyone involved participated and voted with that in mind.

As far as voting goes I can only tell you the process my group, TVBUG, and the Metro group used since we met together in the same room. When it came time to vote we reviewed the original guidelines for the project (improve developer life, mobile component, consume a web service, etc.) and then we gave each member in attendance as voting slip where they gave 4 points to the group they thought had the best project, 3 to the second bestm 2 to the third best and 1 to the forth best. No member was allowed to assign a score for their own group. Finally we summed the votes from each individual member to come up with our team vote, 4 for the team with the most points down to 1 for the team with the least points.

The individual scores from the TVBUG members showed a wide range of opinions. For example here are the scores from four of the members:

Metro 4, 2, 4, 2
Montreal .NET 1, 4, 2, 1
Ottawa 3, 3, 1, 3
Montreal Arch. 2, 1, 3, 4

So, while some individuals may have voted with a strategy in mind, the impact of their vote would have been diluted by the votes from the reast of the group.

Wednesday, April 27, 2005 6:32 AM by windsor