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10K Apart: The Responsive Edition

Aug 2, 2011 In News By Nishant Kothary

Last year, in partnership with An Event Apart, we debuted the 10K Apart Contest. The challenge was simple: build the best application you can with no more than 10K of code.

If our analytics are telling the truth, the 10K was a smash hit. The contest reaped 367 entries in less than a month. And in less than a year, the 10K domain has been tweeted over 11K (sorry, I had to) times.

With that kind of encouragement, how do you expect us to behave? So, without further ado, say hello to 10K Apart: The Responsive Edition.

New Game, New Rules

Holy Responsiveness, Batman!

As the title indicates, this year’s 10K contest requires that your applications be “reasonably responsive” (yes, it’s vague by design). The Responsive Design movement Ethan pioneered is still learning how to walk in the real world. We felt it best to leave some wiggle room to encourage new discoveries.

This is also why we’re going to allow the use of the bleeding edge CSS Grid Layout Module. Since IE10 is the only browser that’s implemented Grids, we worked with Aaron Gustafson to create a JavaScript implementation in the form of an eCSStender extension. It’s incredible wizardry, and we recommend you check it out even if you’re not participating in the contest. If you do, using it won’t count towards your 10K.

Speaking of size, we’ve changed the size limit from 10K unzipped to 10K zipped, a necessary evolution to accommodate applications that will need more code and larger images due to responsive needs.

Check out the FAQ section to get the full view of changes.

New Site

How much fun would this be if we didn’t build a brand new site for the contest?

Some of you may remember the high bar Things That Are Brown helped us set with the first contest site. We figured if anyone could hit that bar again, it would be the three’s company of Paravel. With the help of Ian and Joshua‘s development jujitsu, we were able to design and build this site in a few weeks. We hope you like it.

We also documented some of the interesting aspects of our design process. In a somewhat sensible order: my Back to the Future of Wireframes, Reagan’s Designing the 2011 10K Apart Contest, Trent’s 10K Apart: The Responsive Edition, & Dave’s Tiny Apps on Tiny Devices.

What Else

We left all the good parts untouched.

Prizes include infinite glory, hordes of cash, a free pass to an AEA event of your choice in the next year, and copies of Ethan’s Responsive Web Design and Aaron’s Adaptive Web Design. Prize categories remain the same: a grand prize winner, three runners up, and nine notable mentions. A lot of love to go around.

The judges panel brings a lifetime of experience and lots of street cred: Jeffrey Zeldman, Eric Meyer, Ethan Marcotte, Aaron Gustafson, Karen McGrane, and a very humbled, yours truly.

But that’s enough words for now. Everything you need to know is at http://10k.aneventapart.com.

Aaaaand… GO!

What are you waiting for? The only thing between you and a horde of cash and glory is Dave’s Colorrrs application in the gallery.

Is your idea 10K apart from the rest?

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Tiny Apps on Tiny Devices | daverupert.com said on Aug 3, 2011

[...] to see what the world comes up with. Good luck, everyone!Further ReadingMIX Online announcing 10K Apart – Responsive EditionReagan Ray on Designing the 2011 10K Apart ContestTrent Walton on 10K Apart: The Responsive [...]

10K Apart: The Responsive Edition | Trent Walton said on Aug 3, 2011

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Back to the Future of Wireframes — Rainypixels said on Aug 3, 2011

[...] For those of you who haven't heard of the contest, the 10K challenges contestants to build the best application they can with no more than 10K (yes, kilobytes) of code. You can read about this year's contest here. [...]

10K Apart – Responsive Edition – Jeffrey Zeldman Presents The Daily Report said on Aug 3, 2011

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10K Apart: The Responsive Edition | Blogs – NG Outsourcing said on Aug 3, 2011

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10K Apart: The Responsive Edition Contest open for participation - Microsoft Developer Network (MSDN) Belux Team Blog - Site Home - MSDN Blogs said on Aug 3, 2011

[...] colleagues from the MIX Online team in collaboration with An Event Apart just launched the second 10K Apart contest. Last year the contest was a big success with 350+ entries in a month’s time. This year, the [...]

10K Apart: The Responsive Edition Contest open for participation - MSDN Blogs said on Aug 4, 2011

[...] colleagues from the MIX Online team in collaboration with An Event Apart just launched the second 10K Apart contest. Last year the contest was a big success with 350+ entries in a month’s time. This year, the [...]

HTML5 Developer Contest: Cash Awaits - MSDN Blogs said on Aug 4, 2011

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David Pennington said on Aug 20, 2011

I was really impressed with what was built last year. There are a lot of very creative people that really push the limits of development when given constraints like this.

This year I hope to achieve that same level elegance and usability of with one of my own entries. Lets build!

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