I remember sitting in the first lecture for our Final Year Project (FYP) as we were told about the importance of presenting our FYP, as it would both help us find employment and there would be the possibility of winning a prize.
Fast forward 8 months and waking up on the morning of Grad-Ex both of these pressures felt like they were off. I already knew where I would be working after graduation and the chances of winning one of the three prizes was out of my mind after I had spent the year living with what I felt were the best two developers in our year.
For me that just meant that all I had to worry about was putting on a good show and presenting an application that I was immensely proud of to the best of my ability. First things first I had to get set up for the day and I really wanted to draw the eye and help give people an idea of the kind of ‘information overload’ that the application is designed to help combat. I was really happy with my set up in the end.
While the first demonstration overran the ‘5 minute’ limit by about 15 minutes, throughout the day I fell I got better and better at explaining the application. People really seemed interested in the idea, many saying that they could see even more applications for the logic that I had developed as the backend to the project.
As the day came to an end I was really happy with what I had been able to showcase and so going into the prize ceremony I will admit I had let a small bit of hope creep in that I could have possibly just nicked 3rd place although I still didn’t really expect to. When we got to the web award I pricked my ears up as third place was announced and as it was announced as my friend Rhys I was happy for him and ready for my other friends I had been living with, Tim and Rob, to be awarded second and first places respectively.
We were all then a little shocked when it was announced that the judges hadn’t been able to decide on a first place and so there would be a joint award. This little shock was hugely overshadowed however when the first of those joint first place was announced as me. Our lecturer Fiona tells me that the look on my face was priceless and I can understand that as by this point I was convinced of who was going to be in those top spots.
As I went down to collect my certificate, Tim was announced as the other first place winner, so at least I was half right about who was going to be winning that day.
I guess what I’m getting at (as if this needs a message) is that you shouldn’t ever count yourself out, but if you do still put in all the effort you can.
Read more about the project that won me this prize on my Fringe Planner portfolio page. You can also find out more about the other winners on their personal websites at timgane.co.uk and mrdevinedavies.co.uk.