haxTuple 2014 — new faces, it's on!

UPDATE!! Can anybody catch Keith ??

I'm posting with news on haxTuple 2014, our hackathon/bug derby that covers community-contributed fixes to both the xTuple Desktop client everyone knows, and the new Mobile Web client.

That lovely orange leaderboard on the left side of the xTuple.org website tells the story. Sprinkled in among the valiant efforts of our own xTuple staff, there are a handful of other folks making an impact on this contest.

Our leader, as of September 25, is Keith Rauseo, IT manager at a very successful xTuple commercial customer with operations in the US and Canada.

Close on his heels is PostBooks® contributor and Debian Linux stalwart Daniel Pocock, who will be speaking at xTupleCon in a few weeks.

The previous haxTuple contest finalists, xTuple solution providers Alfredo Martinez (Yucatan, Mexico) and Scott Zuke (Western Michigan) are neck-and-neck for third place at the moment. (There are a few other folks whose contributions will be updated on the leaderboard as soon as we manage their pull requests on GitHub. What's that, you ask? Read more!)

But there's lots of time left! The contest will remain open until the opening gavel of xTupleCon, the week of October 12. We'd encourage anyone who's interested in getting involved to read up on the rules and documentation, and jump in! As a reminder, the two leading prizes are a genuine set of Google Glass (or the $1500 cash value), and the Motorola TC-55 mobile Android barcode scanner (or the $1000 cash value). Every participant who fixes at least three issues gets a super-collectible haxTuple t-shirt. Full rules here.

Tell your friends and neighbors! Get involved! Make the world a better place, and win cool stuff!

Ned Lilly

President and CEO

In October 2001, Ned co-founded xTuple, originally called OpenMFG, with the aim of bringing the worlds of open platform software and enterprise resource planning (ERP) together to solve the unmet needs of small- to mid-sized manufacturers. In 1999, he was a co-founder of Great Bridge, an early business built around the PostgreSQL database which is also the core technology for xTuple today. Great Bridge was incubated inside Landmark Communications, a mid-sized media company where Ned directed corporate venture investments, mergers and acquisitions (M&A) and startup activity. Prior to Landmark, Ned worked for a regional technology group in Washington D.C. and had a brief first career in political media — television, radio and a non-partisan news wire. He holds a B.A. from the University of Virginia and an M.A. from George Washington University.