Pub Mashup Winners Announced!

25 August 2009 Staff

Mr. Phil Ronan has created a fantastic new web-based program that will find the location of Britain’s best pubs close to a motor route of your choosing – and even divert you for a quick pint or a bite to eat. The program was created for the First Ever Pub Mashup Competition sponsored by Manchester website hosting company, and was the winning entry. In addition, the program named ”PubStop” can even re-route your driving directions and include a stop at the pub with a click of the ”Recalculate route with a stopover at this pub” button. The pubs included in the stopovers were selected by the as Britain’s 200 best pubs. The winner received £150 cash and the use of a virtual server for a year.

Mr. Ronan’s entry won out over a large field of entries including runner’s up Keane Ingram and Ollie O’Brien. Their programs were respectively: The Sam Smith’s Challenge (”A map showing all of the Sam Smith’s pubs in London, all of which we visited as part of a challenge to ourselves”) and a Map of UK Scenicness…and Pubs (New UK scenicness data released by MySociety, with OpenStreetMap’s road network and its known pubs).

The contest entry criteria were simply to create a mashup that had anything at all to do with pubs. As defined by Wikipedia, ”mashup” is a term in web development, denoting a web application that combines data or functionality from two or more sources into a single integrated application. The term mashup implies easy, fast integration, frequently done by access to open APIs and data sources to produce results that were not the original reason for producing the raw source data. Google and Twitter are frequently used by developers when creating mashups as the APIs are well developed and accessible.

The winners of the First Ever Pub Mashup Competition were selected by a panel made up of employees who enjoy going to pubs. The entries were judged on the following criteria: originality, functionality, robustness, betterment of the greater pub community, and being fun and engaging to use.

Stuart Melling, co-founder of described the difficult selection process for the winners, ”Deciding on the actual winner, wasn’t an easy decision to make, mainly due to the fact that we’d been in the pub all day, and our vision was a bit blurry. The next day though we tried again. It was still hard though given all the entries we received. In the end we feel that the best pub mashups won.”

Thank you to all the entrants in our Pub Mashup Competition. Look for more ways to get invoved and win at in the coming months.