I had a [crazy] idea. I have no way of making it happen, but maybe someone else could (maybe codebetter?).
The idea is inspired by the very cool annual Rails Rumble. From the RailsRumble 2009 website:
The Rails Rumble is a 48 hour web application development competition. As a contestant, your team gets one weekend to design, develop, and deploy the best web property that you can, using the awesome power of Ruby and Rails.
My variation is to pit teams of super-developers from different technologies against each other. Think of it: Scott Guthrie and Phil Haack vs David Heinemeier Hansson and Jeremy Kemper vs the team at the Lawrence Journal-World vs a facebook or digg team (for PHP). Prize money could go to a charity of the winning team’s choice.
What are the benefits?
- It helps promote each framework,
- It helps each team learn more about their competition (where they are weak, where they are strong),
- It makes new frameworks more accessible to developers
What are the challenges?
- Keeping it light and fun
- Getting the super-stars involved
- Making it fair
What do you guys think?