First Corona SDK Hackathon Went Great. Ansca’s first-ever Corona SDK Hackathon (yesterday) couldn’t have went better.

There were tons of attendees, both local AND remote (online). People were hard at work all day (as you can see in the video—if you click the title of this blogpost).

Hetal did a great job keeping the virtual attendees “in the loop” via the UStream chat and Ansca’s twitter account during the entire event.

Carlos and Walter (Ansca’s co-founders) were there from start to finish, and many other Ansca team members (Eric, Josh, Sean, Reiko, Alix, Tom, and Gilbert) were there for many hours mingling with the attendees and also providing help when needed.

I was there (with Biffy!) to help anyone with any Corona-related questions or challenges they were having trouble with. And while I did end up helping a handful of folks, for the most part, it seemed like just about everyone knew what they were doing—even those who were just recently introduced to Corona!

Towards the end of the event, I was in the room when the winners were being chosen, and let me tell you, it was a difficult decision because of the sheer quality of submissions that came through. We were all blown away by what people were able to do in just 12 hours (less if you include any breaks they might’ve taken).

So the fact that most people could figure out how to do most things in Corona on their own, as well as the quality of submissions that came through in the end just goes to show how great an SDK Corona really is.

The event encompassed Corona’s greatest strength: it enabled developers to produce top-notch games and apps in a very short amount of time, and that’s an understatement at best.

The winners ended up being two remote attendees, and three local attendees—so there definitely was no discrimination. The overall winner was a remote attendee.

Look out for a new blog post on Ansca’s blog sometime today or tomorrow about the event to find out who the winners were. If you haven’t already, click the title of this blog post to watch a nice video that sort of summarizes the whole day. And in case you missed it, take a look at the blog entry Hetal posted during the event yesterday.

If you didn’t get a chance to make it to this Hackathon, I highly recommend you try your best to make it to the next one. I’m sure it’ll be even better.

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