Oriol Collell, Xavier Oriol, Kenan Rhoton and Dani Colomer are FIB students. Last year they entered SCORE – Student Contest on Software Engineering organized by ICSE, the most important conference worldwide in Software Engineering.
The organization of SCORE provides the teams with several possible projects they can develop for the contest. The FIB team chose “QR Marks the Spot”, a project that implies combining geographical location information and QR codes to create an interactive gaming system half-way between the real and virtual worlds.
The system the FIB team developed is capable of creating unique games. When a user creates a game, the system generates a collection of QR codes. The user can print these codes and stick them anywhere. Then the players will have to search for them, and when they scan a code with their phone the system will update the game status and even provide them with more clues to continue playing. The system created is a prototype that can be expanded to offer the creation of tour routes, scavenger hunts, etc.
The FIB team placed within the 5 finalist teams and traveled to Hawaii for the final, held during the ICSE conference.