Community Challenge – The Results
Back in February (yes before 2020 went completely pear shaped), we started a community challenge. The ideas was simple: put out a challenge that any one, any where could take part in. For our first challenge we went with Power Automate (or flow as it was back then!)
We launched our “Flic and Flow” challenge with a webinar hosted by myself and the lovely Laura Graham Brown (MVP, Power BI Goddess). We also featured short presentations from Power Automate superstar Jon Levesque and #flowfam guru and MVP, Sandy Ussia. Check out the launch Video here
The challenge was to come up with (not even implement) a use for the FLIC button integrated with Flow (now Power Automate).
The prize was not only a Flic button of your very own but also to showcase your skills at the Community Summit to be held in Barcelona in March 2020.
A little bit of background – what is a Flic button?
The button is designed to remotely trigger an action, it is connected via a phone or hub (depending on where you want to physically locate it) and connects to many services such as IFTT, Power Automate etc. that register the click and take action. The buttons have 3 states they can trigger with a single click, double click or a click and hold. An example of the technology in use was given by Jon Levesque in the video linked above.
As you can probably guess the challenge was way more challenging than we had set it out to be. With Lockdown hitting the world in March 2020, the summit was delayed until July with it later going virtual. There were also issues getting buttons to participants so they could take part.
Despite all the set-backs, the challenge went ahead and the response was amazing! The community really put some great ideas forward, so here are our top 3 (announced last month in the Community Virtual Summit) with a special guest video from our winner. So drum roll please (in reverse order)………
3rd Place – You’ve Got Mail
A solution that had a flic button in the vehicle with a delivery driver. The driver would click once to signal arrival at the destination, this would trigger a Geo-location record of the drivers point at the date and time of the click, this was recorded as input data. Once the parcel had been delivered, a double click sent back the Geo-location data and time, which was recorded. If the parcel could not be delivered, a press and hold registered it along with the data and time and allowed the system to move on to the next delivery in the schedule.
The solution had a lot of merits and was a great example of the Geo-location features and the ability to gather data for insight (how long some items take to deliver etc.)
2nd Place – Clean Me
The Runner up was announced as Atalian Servest and well known members of the Cambridge User group, Andrew Henderson and Lewis Richards. Now super users and advocates of the Power Platform, the guys have developed a number of solutions and the ‘Clean Me’ solution is no exception to the innovation they bring to Atalian Servest. During the presentation, they showed the solution output from Power BI as this is an in-place solution. Basically the solution has buttons in multiple locations on client sites (Atalian Servest are a facilities management company). If anyone in that location, namely cafeteria, toilets, trains etc. comes across an issue that requires a cleaner they are asked to press the button. Power Automate is triggered and a cleaner is notified and dispatched to service that area.
We like this solution for its busines value, the effect of immediate service as well as the business analysis they demonstrated from the collection of the data to influence the regularity of cleaning schedules was inspiring.
And the winner is….
We are so proud that our winner is also a member of the Cambridge Power Platform User group – Victoria from Flagship, who designed a solution to use the buttons to help risk workers report their location and safety – let’s hear about it from Victoria herself…
We were super impressed with Victoria, who as a App Maker, was new to the technology and keen to deliver not just business value, but in the most challenging of times, a solution that focused on safety too. It really demonstrated her commitment to the business vales of her employer and the application of the technology.
Well Done Victoria!
As part of the winners announcement at the community summit, mentioned were other solutions that were worthy of a mention, especially these two from one of my favourite ladies in tech, April Dunnam;
We’d love to make the community challenge a regular event and we planned to run one per quarter but with disruption at an all time high and no end in sight, we have to put things on ice for a while.
If you have some ideas about what the next community challenge could be, we’d love to hear from you!
Thanks to everyone who took part and helped pull this event together, despite all the challenges.
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