Tuesday, December 27, 2011

New Year's resolutions - share your list

2011 was an amazing year for CloudSpokes, almost unbelievable. The site launched on Valentine's day, and every day since has exceeded our wildest expectations for this community. We couldn't be more proud of what this community has done, and more excited for what the future holds.

To recap this inaugural year, here are a few of the key milestones we hit along the way:
  1. March: First CloudSpokes winner - fractastical
  2. March: First international CloudSpokes winner - shanmuk1729
  3. March: 2,000 members in 6 weeks
  4. May: First CloudSpokes guest blogger - knthornt
  5. May: CloudSpokes scores its first hackathon - DocuSign's E-summit
  6. May: First sponsored badges - Cloud Foundry
  7. May: First Cloudspokes challenge sponsor - Twilio
  8. June: 10,000 members in 100 days
  9. August: First broadly adopted publicly available app - Dreamforce Party App
  10. September: 20,000 members in 6 months
  11. September: First CloudSpoke member to achieve 10 wins - Kenji776
  12. September: Announcement of CloudSpokes site re-platforming
And as of this weekend - we're now at 30,000 members, and have just announced that the site is now rebuilt on Heroku and Database.com - completely rebuilt by the community itself! Two huge milestones for CloudSpokes back-to-back.

Given that CloudSpokes is getting what's on its list, it's time for you to share what you want! Using the comments below, tell us what's on your wish list to make CloudSpokes better, to help CloudSpokes be a better developer community. Items that would make this ecosystem even more awesome. This is your community after all.

Have a great new year, everyone!


  1. Hm, well honestly with the new site design I'm pretty happy. I wouldn't mind be allowed to subscribe for updates for certain kinds of challenges. Like email me if there is a new jQuery or Salesforce challenge for example. Perhaps a bit more feedback on our challenge entries would be nice. Like if you go into your profile and look at your past challenges it might be nice to see some commentary on what the judges liked, didn't like and things that could be improved.

    Also, I think it might be kind of fun if there were different challenge types, or events. Like a one on one code-off, or a tournament or something. Maybe a 'try and exploit this code' challenge or a 'hack this site' type of thing? Just tossing out some ideas. Anyway, keep up the good work, looking forward to another awesome year.

  2. I agree with 'iwritecrappycode' that there should be some reviews/feedback from the judges/reviewer about the enteries we have posted.
    May be some document or some best practiced code of some developer/winner will help others improve in the areas they are lagging and will increase the healthy competition.

    I am looking forward for some great and trickly challenges from cloudspokes for the coming year. Happy new year to the team of cloudspokes and the members of community.

  3. Awesome feedback, fellas, and duly noted. The great feedback here actually has us considering sending out a quick form to last year's participants asking a few more questions in detail.

    Stay tuned for that, and as always, thanks!