Towards the end of October 2010, I took myself off on holiday. It was a bit of a special holiday, and with that in mind, I wanted to share the experience with the team at Zulu as well as our lovely clients, Facebook fans and Twitter followers.
We thought it would be a nice idea to add a little competition into the mix, so our team of developers created an HTML game which allowed visitors to our site to guess where in the world I might be!
Let the games begin…
During my 12-day holiday, I posted various photos and tweets back to the team at Zulu HQ, which were then uploaded to the website as clues. Visitors to the website needed to log in, and drop a pin on a Google Map in order to register their guess!
As well as being a bit of fun, the Zulu team really wanted to showcase what was possible with Google Maps. Many people aren't aware of the Google Maps API which allows for a great deal of customisation. Since the campaign, Zulu has gone on to implement various customised Google Maps for a number of clients, including the BDAAT.
The results are in…
Over 40 people entered the competition but very few were even close to guessing my actual location! We had guesses ranging from 350 miles away to over 10,000 miles away, so the competition really divided opinion. There were however, a couple of savvy competitors who - based on one of the clues we posted - managed to 'Find Tom' on the island of Meerufenfushi in the Maldives. Our winner, Matt Ricketts from Top Service Ltd, ended up being just 0.253824 miles away from my location!
Matt won a collection of traditional Maldivian gifts, which we presented to him shortly after the competition closed.
Check out the photos and the results below. By the way, if anyone is looking to go to the Maldives, check out Meeru…it's awesome :)
Results Table Place Name Company Dist. (miles) 1 Matt Top Service Ltd 0.253824 2 JJ Jordan Twigg Design 0.282916 3 Ryan Jordan Twigg Design 0.306087 4 Mandy Nottingham Uni 351.417 5 Lisa Cardus Top Service Ltd Credit Reference Agency 356.819 6 Amanda ahp design 597.809 7 ::Matt ::MattLeeUk 693.187 8 Pat Thompson BM 1720.81 9 Rachel Ackers BDAAT 1816.22 10 Emma my mule 1931.01 11 Emma Bridges Top Service Ltd 1989.45 12 Dan Safer Birmingham Partnership 2037.88 13 Kully Heantun H.A. 2093.34 14 George - 2097.05 15 kay Armstrong Lloyds Banking Group 2136.61 16 Gillian Reidy Penhouse Design 2216.04 17 Emma Farrell HCC 2493.82 18 David Clifton safer Birmingham Partnership 2512.2 19 Deborah Laing Inspire Futures 2750.76 20 Trudi Maybury Birmingham Road Safety Partnership 3007.11 21 Connor okeeffe i dont have one 3415.25 22 Caleb n/a 4433.48 23 Lewis O'Driscoll N/A 4562.97 24 Alan Hunt Me, Myself and I 4702.38 25 mary allison British Showjumping 4880.84 26 Matt Saunders Hero Digital 5010.44 27 Mike Bishop SCEE 5287.41 28 dom hugman own 5300.67 29 Karl Newsome home 5300.76 30 christie galloway BDAAT 5400.99 31 craig ARU 5712.63 32 Matt Levett London Bridge Hospital 5730.44 33 Dee Davis Ordnance Survey 7287.12 34 Dan Silverstone Safer Birmingham Partnership 8260.9 35 Simon Harratt Me 8710.46 36 Pat BM 9003.81 37 david me 9492.2 38 Shaun 3M Solutions 9620.49 39 Steve Thompson Emhart Teknologies 9682.54 40 Natalie Loon Be Birmingham 9887.55 41 Justyna BDAAT 9949.89 42 S_V BB 10512.3