WPF Contest Winner Announced

March 16th, 2008

At the closing keynote of the 2008 Microsoft Financial Services Developer Conference in New York, I announced the finalists and winners for the first Lab49 WPF in Finance Innovation Contest:

The Grand Prize winner was Szymon Kobalczyk:
Szymon Kobalczyk screenshot

The two Finalists were Jacob Carpenter:
Jacob Carpenter screenshot

and Jobi Joy: 
Jobi Joy screenshot

while the Honorable Mention went to Paul Hounshell: 
Paul Hounshell screenshot 

These applications can all be downloaded from my SkyDrive account:


Everyone was very impressed with the level of innovation and creativity displayed by these entries. Congratulations to everyone, this was a great competition. 

7 Responses to “WPF Contest Winner Announced”

  1. David Barnhill Says:

    These are great! I didn’t get what the winning one was trying to do. What influences the movement of the boids?

  2. Kalani Thielen Says:

    I second that, these look very cool. The boids idea is especially interesting, and like David I wonder what the idea is — maybe we could convince the author to write more about it here? It seems like boids are an interesting idea for a model of some “flocking” stocks (i.e.: as a predictive model).

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  4. Daniel Chait Says:

    David/Kalani – I uploaded the StockBoids User Guide document which he included in the original submission and which explains the boids model.

    Also I uploaded an updated version of Jobi Joy’s application which is cleaned up a bit.

  5. rav Says:

    boids is certainly interesting – in terms of applications, it needs the “eureka!” magic but the flocking concept could be used in creating portfolios / trading themes.

    BTW I am trying to rund StockBoids but get a windows exception error – what do I need have installed first?


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