Cooking Capsules

A blog about the evolution of Cooking Capsules.

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Name: Mary Ann
Location: San Francisco, United States

Wednesday, May 28, 2008

Google I/O conference

Today and tomorrow the Google I/O conference is being held at the Moscone Center here in San Francisco. My Android Challenge partner, Muthu Ramadoss is here from Chennai, India. We have some celebrating to do!! Also attending is Travis Choma, a talented developer who has joined our "Phase 2" Challenge team and is here from Amsterdam for I/O and the Apple Dev. Conference coming up. We've all three had a chance in the past few days to get to know each other in person, which has been great.

Both guys have plans to stay in San Francisco for several weeks. It should be a busy and interesting time at I/O and beyond.

It will be nice to meet some more of the people in the Android community, most of whom I only know from message boards and e-mail.

Our team still has a crazy amount of work to do yet for Phase 2, but we are off to a great start, and I/O will surely provide additional inspiration!

Maybe I'll see you there :-)


Friday, May 9, 2008


I am reeling! Today I was notified that Cooking Capsules has won the first phase of the first ever Google Android Developer's Challenge, which means wonderful professional recognition and $25,000 of seed money.

We were one of fifty teams to win out of 1,788 entries. We are so delighted and honored, and cannot wait to further build the application for Round 2.

This is a peak moment if I've ever had a peak moment. I am so passionate about this idea, which I've been developing for some time now, and I'm thankful that the panel of judges from the O.H.A. and Google Inc. understand the great utility and widespread appeal of the "Capsules" concept too.

Thanks to Google (especially those on the Android team), the O.H.A., and my friends and family who have supported me and helped me form ideas. And most thanks, of course, to my Challenge partner, Muthu, in Chennai, India for matching my insane hours to make the application "go". I look forward to many more crazy hours this month to refine and enhance Cooking Capsules for round two!

Wish us luck!!

-Mary Ann

Thursday, May 8, 2008

Fingers crossed!

Well, I am going to bed tonight, hopeful that I will find a happy e-mail about the Android Developer's Challenge results in the morning. The results are expected this week, but it was left a little open ended, so who knows. All the teams are on pins and needles wondering what the panel of judges from the O.H.A has decided. Hopefully they were hungry when they looked at ours. We meant to put that in the accompanying "read me" file: "Please do not eat within 4 hours of viewing our application". heehee!