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Rails Rumble Launches out of Dog Patch Labs & Rails Rumble 2009

Rails Rumble 2009 concluded yesterday at 5:00pm pst. About 250 teams submitted their 48-hour projects and the early results look great (here's an excellent write / thread on Hacker News). Judging for the event begins tonight.

Dog Patch Labs hosted a team of four (see roster below) that created a social way to create viral match-ups. FastFeud is integrated into Facebook (via Facebook Connect) and Twitter - allowing users to share content through their social graphs.

fastfeud-pic Member and designer Rob Abbott gives a tour of FastFeud and its Facebook integration:

About This or That: it is an age old question that pertains to people, ideas, sports teams, and so on. allows users to quickly create match ups that can then be shared virally through Facebook (using Facebook Connect) and Twitter. The experience is visual, exciting and fast-paced - allowing users to rapidly interact with numerous feuds.

Each match up includes a question, two contestants and images. Users are then encouraged to vote on the match up - on, Facebook and Twitter. Votes are collected and winners are presented.

When shared via Facebook, users are able to post the match up and images of the two contestants directly into their Facebook feeds. When shared via Twitter, users are able to promote their match up and voting preference to their Twitter following.

Developed for the Rails Rumble 2009 contest in 48 hours by the Browseology Team and friends from Lijit and Egg Haus with the support of Dog Patch Labs.

The Team

Joe Pestro (@joepestro) - Developer for and Co-Founder of Browseology, LLC Art Chang (@kineticac) - Developer for and Co-Founder of Browseology, LLC Kevin Olsen (@kevinrolsen) - Developer for (flew in from Colorado to the SF Bay Area to work on this) Rob Abbott (@abbott) - Founder and CEO of Egg Haus

Rails Rumble 09: 8 Hours Remain, Project Snapshots

Rails Rumble 2009 has eight hours remaining - all sites must be checked in and working by 5pm pst. In the last hour, nearly 600 commits were checked in as teams race to get finish their projects: You can view and access a variety of screenshots (and in some cases, working demos) of what teams are working on:


Rails Rumble 2009 Kick Off Tonight at Dog Patch Lab (Pier 38)

Tonight, two teams will be kicking off the 2009 Rails Rumble from the Dog Patch Lab at Pier 38 in San Francisco. The two teams are competing in a nation-wide Ruby on Rails contest that lasts through the weekend (more info here). We will have an informal kick off for the teams tonight with a pizza bash. If you are interested in touring the lab, grabbing a slice of pizza or meeting the local contestants, please drop me a note at rspoon at

We will have photos and videos throughout the weekend.

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Hosting Rails Rumble 2009 Competitors at Dog Patch Lab on Pier 38 (San Francisco)

rails-rumble Rails Rumble 2009 will be kicking off in a little more than a week: August 22nd and 23rd. The Rails Rumble is a 48 hour web application development competition. Contestants and teams get one weekend to design, develop, and deploy the best web property that you can, using Ruby and Rails.

Polaris will be hosting San Francisco and Bay Area teams at the Dog Patch Lab off of Pier 38. It will be a fun, exciting environment - and hopefully with a healthy mix of collaboration and competition.

If you are participating in the Rails Rumble and, along with your team, would like to spend the weekend at the Dog Patch Lab - rsvp either directly to me (rspoon at or on the Rumble Wiki. More about Rails Rumble 2009:

In 2007, the Tasty Planner team took home the first-ever Rumble championship belt for the initial version of their popular recipe sharing website. Since then, they've continued to develop the site, attracting an extensive community of web-savvy cooks as well as the attention of commercial outlets.

In 2008, our friends at edged out the competition with their innovative meeting place mashup. By calculating common meeting points for groups of people and allowing users to pinpoint locations such as cafes and restaurants, the site is a truly useful, truly minimalist micro-app with obvious appeal.

Other 2008 award winners: