CHI2012 Spindown

We’re back home resting after our adventures in Austin.  Sean’s taking a well deserved break from bug fixing and I’m picking the extra gemstones out of my luggage.  I’m both exhausted and charged up by my week with everyone in Texas.

For us, this was the best CHI yet!  Full of great people, research, and ideas as usual, but this time with the MissionRunner folks mixing it up.  The number of people jumping in and doing missions far exceeded our expectations!  Thanks again for everyone having fun and forgiving a few rough edges around the launch.

We’ll be absorbing all of the comments and suggestions made by folks and making enhancements to the site over the coming month.  If you haven’t yet, send us a mail and tell us what you think!  (

Btw, the Peanut Butter and Jelly Sandwich in a Can was the last prize to go.

Mid-week update

CHI folks certainly have been wonderful this week.  There have been quite a few missions done and we have two more days left.  There’s been plenty of feedback coming in as well, and I’d like to mention a few things that have been commonly asked:

Some folks have requested a dedicated mobile version and we agree!  We couldn’t get it finished in time for the initial launch, but look for it soon.

Yes, there was a bug with certain badges not showing up in your completed list.  Special thanks to Lana for finding this bug!  It’s been fixed, so all badges should be showing correctly now.

MissionRunner is here to stay!  Some have the impression that this was only for the conference, but we plan on being around for a long time.  We just love CHI so much, we are going all out to help the conference.

Some have asked about using MissionRunner in their own projects.  We’d love to help others who have interesting projects that could fit with our service.  So if you have ideas for collaboration, just let us know.  Send a mail to and let’s set up a chat.



It lives!

We’re open to the world as of five minutes ago.  Let the games begin!

Hello World

In a few hours, we’ll be opening up MissionRunner to the public for the first time.  We have a week long marathon to run with some of the smartest folks in the world watching.

Everyone’s coding away, trying to get every last bit of goodness into it.   Spirits are high and so far the magic pixie dust is working to make this thing come to life.  I think we’ve got the Facebook stuff finally working again (btw, Facebook quit changing your API so much).  It’s strange how fast it all goes from streams of code and duct tape to looking and feeling, well, real.






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