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Visualization of the Week: A day in the life of a bus line

By Jenn Webb
April 9, 2013

The Urban Data Challenge winners have been announced. The grand prize was awarded to the team behind the Dots on the Bus animated, interactive visualization — Adam Greenhall, Amelia Greenhall, and Jared McFarland. The team culled public transportation data provided …

Strata Week: Data prospecting with Kaggle

By Audrey Watters
June 7, 2012

In this week's data news, Kaggle launches Prospect, HP unveils its big data plans, and Cloudera releases CDH4 (the latest version of its Hadoop distribution).

Strata Week: Data prospecting with Kaggle

Strata Week: Data prospecting with Kaggle
By Audrey Watters
June 7, 2012

In this week's data news, Kaggle launches Prospect, HP unveils its big data plans, and Cloudera releases CDH4 (the latest version of its Hadoop distribution).

Looking for KDD contenders

Looking for KDD contenders
By Mike Loukides
November 10, 2011

Organizers of this year's KDD Cup data mining challenge are looking for data problems in areas such as medicine, education, the environment, or anything that leads to a social good. Submissions are due by November 15.

Looking for KDD contenders

Looking for KDD contenders
By Mike Loukides
November 10, 2011

Organizers of this year's KDD Cup data mining challenge are looking for data problems in areas such as medicine, education, the environment, or anything that leads to a social good. Submissions are due by November 15.

Looking for KDD contenders

By Mike Loukides
November 10, 2011

Organizers of this year's KDD Cup data mining challenge are looking for data problems in areas such as medicine, education, the environment, or anything that leads to a social good. Submissions are due by November 15.

Everyone jumped on the app contest bandwagon. Now what?

By Alex Howard
August 19, 2011

Whether developers are asked to participate in app contests, federal challenges, or civic hackathons, it's time for the architects behind these efforts to focus on utility and sustainability.

Everyone jumped on the app contest bandwagon. Now what?

Everyone jumped on the app contest bandwagon. Now what?
By Alex Howard
August 19, 2011

Whether developers are asked to participate in app contests, federal challenges, or civic hackathons, it's time for the architects behind these efforts to focus on utility and sustainability.

FCC contest stimulates development of apps to help keep ISPs honest

By Alex Howard
August 10, 2011

The FCC Open Internet Challenge stimulated the creation of a new mobile application that enables consumers to analyze the performance of their mobile broadband network. Combined with the other two winners of the challenge, consumers now have better tools to measure their Internet service.

FCC contest stimulates development of apps to help keep ISPs honest

FCC contest stimulates development of apps to help keep ISPs honest
By Alex Howard
August 10, 2011

The FCC Open Internet Challenge stimulated the creation of a new mobile application that enables consumers to analyze the performance of their mobile broadband network. Combined with the other two winners of the challenge, consumers now have better tools to measure their Internet service.

Four short links: 12 August 2010

By Nat Torkington
August 12, 2010

A Review of Verizon and Google's Net Neutrality Proposal (EFF) -- a mixture of good and bad, is the verdict. I am ready to give Google credit for getting Network Neutrality back on the regulatory agenda, whether or not this proposal was a strawman. Ten Principles for Opening Up Government Information (Sunlight Foundation) -- We have updated and expanded...

Four short links: 2 July 2010

By Nat Torkington
July 2, 2010

Brien Lane, Melbourne -- an alleyway painted with statistics about the area. Urban spaces as screens. Check out the other photos. (via Pete Warden) Apps 4 Africa -- from US State Department, The challenge is to build the best digital tools to address community challenges in areas ranging from healthcare to education and government transparency to election monitoring. (via...

California: There's an app for that

By Alex Howard
May 28, 2010

Can California's budget-stricken government be improved through citizen engagement and civic developers? If a new application contest that launches this week bears digital fruit, there just might be an app for that. The state of California will partner with Microsoft, Google and Programmable Web to run an apps contest this summer. For those keeping score, that means two of the...

Gov 2.0 Week in Review

By Alex Howard
May 21, 2010

Bernard Kouchner may have written that the "universal spirit of the Enlightenment should run through the new media" but this week, the zeitgeist of the government information revolution online was powered by open data.

App contests are unlocking government innovation

By Alex Howard
May 21, 2010

Peter Corbett has helped usher in a wave of development innovation within government by spearheading a number of app contests. In this interview, Corbett looks at the surprising success of the contest model and offers guidance -- and a few warnings -- for organizations considering their own innovation contests.

Adobe PDF Navigator developer contest

By Rich Tretola
May 13, 2010

Adobe PDF Navigator developer contest could get your Flex/Flash resume in front of leading RIA & brand agencies Win a MacBook Air, Dell Adamo, iPad, Nexus One or Netbook Adobe's Acrobat User Community has launched the Acrobat PDF Portfolio Navigator...

Find Your Inner Leprechaun - A St. Patrick's Day Limerick Contest

Find Your Inner Leprechaun - A St. Patrick's Day Limerick Contest
By Mary Rotman
March 17, 2010

Since our limerick contest was such a hit last year, we decided to host it again! Today, we're encouraging you to write a limerick that is either tech-themed or that references O'Reilly Media or one (or more) of our books, conferences, or webcasts. Anything goes, so long as it fits the standard form of a limerick and is a PG rating. We'll run the contest until 11:59pm PDT and then randomly pick three winners out of a hat to win a free ebook of your choice.

Staying Competitive in a Tough Job Market - Which O'Reilly books have helped you?

Staying Competitive in a Tough Job Market - Which O'Reilly books have helped you?
By Mary Rotman
February 8, 2010

With so many people searching for jobs, it's important to stay up on the newest technologies, or constantly improve in the areas you're already involved in. At O'Reilly, we publish books that help you zoom in on the details of specific programs and languages, so you can stay competitive in your field. Leave a comment with the name of an O'Reilly book that will make you more marketable for a chance to win three ebooks of your choice.

Windows 7 Ebook Giveaway Has Ended. - We've drawn the winners of the Ebook giveaway contest.

Windows 7 Ebook Giveaway Has Ended. - We've drawn the winners of the Ebook giveaway contest.
By Laurel Ackerman
October 26, 2009

Thanks so much to those who took the time to leave a comment to our Windows 7 is Here post. We have our lucky winners, listed at the bottom of this post.

Talk Like a Pirate and Think Like a Pirate - Chance to win Ebooks

Talk Like a Pirate and Think Like a Pirate - Chance to win Ebooks
By Laurel Ackerman
September 19, 2009

Online security is critical for any website or application. To outsmart your enemies you have to think like them. O'Reilly has a number of books that tell you what to be on the lookout for and how to protect your online property from attack, as well as learn about vulnerabilities you may not be aware of. Share your best security advice and tips for a chance to win an ebook!

Show Off Your O'Reilly Media Books!

Show Off Your O'Reilly Media Books!
By Mary Rotman
September 15, 2009

Have a bookshelf full of O'Reilly books like our Facebook Fans Michael Pelikan and Kay Bieri do? Use it to win more! Take a picture or record a short video of your books and post it on the O'Reilly Media Facebook Page before 5pm PT Thursday, September 17, for a chance to win two ebooks of your choice.

Labor Day weekend question: How does O'Reilly help you work better? - Chance to Win Free O'Reilly Ebooks

Labor Day weekend question: How does O'Reilly help you work better? - Chance to Win Free O'Reilly Ebooks
By Laurel Ackerman
September 3, 2009

We get tons of great feedback on oreilly.com; most of it positive, all of it appreciated. We hear how much people like the content, the format, the authors, and the forums. One additional thing that we're especially interested in, though, is hearing about how O'Reilly has helped you. Has a book helped you build a great project? Has attending a conference given you an edge at work? Has a training course helped you to advance your career or start a new one? Please tell us! We're going to leave this post open for comments through Tuesday 9/8; after that we'll randomly choose 5 commenters to each win a free O'Reilly Ebook of their choice. We're really looking to hearing from you!

DIY Projects from the Greater Bay Area

DIY Projects from the Greater Bay Area
By Mary Rotman
May 27, 2009

We've been receiving all sorts of photos of your DIY projects for the past few days in response to the contest to win 2 weekend passes to Maker Faire. We will include all of the entries in this blogpost as they are submitted. We'll be accepting entries through the end of today, May 27th, so keep sending those pictures in for your chance to win!

County of San Mateo Declares May 30th & 31st Maker's Weekend - Send Us a Photo for a Chance to Win 2 Weekend Passes

County of San Mateo Declares May 30th & 31st Maker's Weekend - Send Us a Photo for a Chance to Win 2 Weekend Passes
By Mary Rotman
May 23, 2009

As this year's Maker Faire gets ready to launch, San Mateo County Supervisor Carole Groom has declared May 30th & 31st "Maker's Weekend". Keep reading for more information on this official declaration as well as how to win 2 adult weekend passes to this year's Maker Faire.

What Brings Out Your Inner Geek?

What Brings Out Your Inner Geek?
By Mary Rotman
April 14, 2009

Colin Moock has admitted that he has an inner geek--now we're wondering what brings out yours. Stay tuned for a contest on Twitter (@oreillymedia) later today to let us know what brings out your inner geek and enter for a chance to win a copy of Moock's Lost ActionScript 3.0 Weekend.

Winners of the Limerick Contest

Winners of the Limerick Contest
By Mary Rotman
March 18, 2009

We had such a fantastic response to our limerick contest yesterday that we decided to pick our winners in a special way. We wrote all the names down and put them in a cup, shook them up well, and started looking for people to pick out one of the three names. Keep reading to see who won...

Happy St. Patrick's Day Contest!

Happy St. Patrick's Day Contest!
By Mary Rotman
March 17, 2009

In celebration of St. Patrick's Day, we've decided to launch a limerick contest. We're encouraging you to write a limerick referencing O'Reilly Media or one (or more) of our books. Anything goes, so long as it fits the standard form of a limerick. We'll run the contest all day long and then randomly pick three winners out of a hat to win a free ebook of your choice.

Coming Soon: Contests on Twitter

Coming Soon: Contests on Twitter
By Mary Rotman
March 9, 2009

For those of you who follow us on twitter (@oreillymedia) you may have noticed our occasional offers of advanced copies of books for review, or the chance to try out a new widget before it's officially released. We've decided to take that one step further today and run a contest on twitter, featuring one of our current bestsellers: David Pogue's Digital Photography: The Missing Manual, in honor of David's birthday today.

The Adobe AIR Cookbook Cook-Off Contest Winning Entry Posted Here

The Adobe AIR Cookbook Cook-Off Contest Winning Entry Posted Here
By Sara Peyton
November 22, 2008

Recently O'Reilly sponsored the Adobe AIR Cookbook Cook-Off contest, a chance for developers to submit recipes and win prizes. And many of the top entries can be found in O'Reilly's latest, Adobe AIR 1.5 Cookbook, including the winning entry from Greg Jastrab. In this excerpt from the book, we give you Greg's prize-winning contribution, Migrating Serialization Changes in ActionScript.

Nokia's "Music Almighty" Headset Competition

By RJ Owen
October 24, 2008

Nokia recently launched a new site that allows users to use their imaginations and create new visions for headphones of the future. The headphones users create are mostly fictional, adding some wildly expressive features like hot rod exhaust pipes, peacock feathers, missiles, etc. The site is part of a contest Nokia is launching around the configurator. Users are invited to create and submit their designs online, where they'll be voted on by other users. The top 10 users will get a free trip out to Nokia's headquarters in the UK, where their designs will be produced into real headsets and given to them to keep. I caught up with the development team who built the app and they were nice enough to give me an interview. Read this entry to see the full interview text as well as get some more information on the contest.

Scalenine "Skin to Win" contest winners announced

By RJ Owen
October 17, 2008

The Skin to Win challenge is over and the winners have been posted on the Scalenine.com blog. Each of the winning entries receives mention in the post, and clicking on the screen shots leads to an interactive sample of each implemented skin. All of the winning entries look really good - browse on over and have a look. Thanks to everyone who participated in the challenge!

Curl Blogging Context: Win an iPhone 3G

By Richard Monson-Haefel
September 26, 2008

Write a blog entry about Curl and enter to win an iPhone 3G

An interview with KitchenSync creator, Mims Wright

By RJ Owen
September 23, 2008

KitchenSync is an up-and-coming ActionScript 3.0 library for sequencing animations and other time-based actions. The project is focused on giving developers a smarter way to handle animation or other time-based, rather than frame-based, functionality with code. The whole project is geared towards

Win a pass to MAX!

By Rich Tretola
September 10, 2008

Attention AIR developers, if you haven't yet contributed to the AIR cookbook, it is not too late. You could still contribute and win a fantastic prize. The deadline for entries is September 26, 2008. To contribute please visit http://www.adobe.com/devnet/air/?navID=cookbook

Power Tweeting--Sarah Milstein's Twitter Tips

By Sara Peyton
September 9, 2008

Recently on the New York Tmes' Shifting Careers blog Sarah Milstein shared her Twitter know how. What's near the top of her tip list? "Show respect," writes Millstein. "Another way to share ideas -- and your respect for other people in your field -- is to "retweet" something interesting somebody else has Twittered. Tim O'Reilly, founder of O'Reilly Media (for which I'm co-writing a research report on Twitter), does this frequently and to great effect. Simply start your message with "Retweeting@username" and then paste in the original message (the @ symbol is the Twitter convention for responding or referring to other users). Read on for more info and a chance to win an O'Reilly book.

Announcing the Adobe AIR Cookbook Cook-off!

By Mary Rotman
August 13, 2008

Think you can solve common Adobe AIR related coding problems? Then you qualify for the Adobe AIR Cookbook Cook-off contest sponsored by O'Reilly Media to celebrate the upcoming publication of the Adobe AIR Cookbook. During this contest, we invite you to submit your best solutions to common AIR coding challenges for a chance to win some great prizes. See http://www.adobe.com/go/air_cookbook for more details.

Take Your Best Shot, Talking to Tim Grey about His New Book

By Sara Peyton
July 25, 2008

Digital imaging photography and imaging expert Tim Grey loves answering questions. In his new book, "Take Your Best Shot," he provides clear, informed answers to the questions serious photographers ask most often. Here he talks about his new book and offers some favorite digital photography tips.

*Update* on Deke's Podcast Challenge

By Mary Rotman
July 25, 2008

We have three winners and are still waiting for seven more. Deke McClelland's One-on-One books are at stake!

Take Your Best Shot, Talking to Tim Grey about His New Book

By Sara Peyton
July 25, 2008

Digital imaging photography and imaging expert Tim Grey loves answering questions. In his new book, "Take Your Best Shot," he provides clear, informed answers to the questions serious photographers ask most often. Here he talks about his new book and offers some favorite digital photography tips.

*Update* on Deke's Podcast Challenge

By Mary Rotman
July 25, 2008

We have three winners and are still waiting for seven more. Deke McClelland's One-on-One books are at stake!

New Contest: Demystify Adobe CS3 with Deke's Help

By Mary Rotman
July 23, 2008

In need of a book to help you demystify the Adobe CS3 suite? You may have seen Deke's podcasts floating around the O'Reilly Media group on facebook, or for free download on iTunes, or on digitalmedia.oreilly.com/dekepod. This week's podcast comes with a contest, and the winners get to choose their favorite One-on-One book.

New Contest: Demystify Adobe CS3 with Deke's Help

By Mary Rotman
July 23, 2008

In need of a book to help you demystify the Adobe CS3 suite? You may have seen Deke's podcasts floating around the O'Reilly Media group on facebook, or for free download on iTunes, or on digitalmedia.oreilly.com/dekepod. This week's podcast comes with a contest, and the winners get to choose their favorite One-on-One book.

Deke McClelland Belts Out 101 Photoshop Tips in Five Minutes

By Sara Peyton
June 25, 2008

Digital imaging master and modern day troubadour Deke McClelland launches his new video podcast series with a music video–“101 Photoshop Tips in 5 Minutes”–today. Watch him croon, buzz, leap, dance, and kick-box his way through dozens upon dozens of useful Photoshop tricks here. And learn more about why Deke made the video, too! (See FREE book contest below.)


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