Think you know a lot about Android? Want to test your development skills? Download WillowTree’s Easter egg hunt and get cracking!
This past Saturday, we hosted an Easter egg hunt for developers at the Big Android Meat & Greet, hosted by IDEAA in Washington, D.C. The hunt took the form of an Android app that you can now download to test your programming mettle. The app includes ten challenges that unlock achievements (“eggs”), each with their own unique Android-related problem to solve. Some of them are easy and can be tackled by anyone. Others are more difficult and may even require you to write your own code. Seven other eggs are hidden and sprinkled throughout the app, so they’re a bit more challenging to find. Make sure you are logged in with Google Play Games to earn the achievements.
Depending on your level of experience with Android, here are some challenges for you to try: I am not good with computer: #2, #5, #7, #8 (#2 is just about the most devious challenge we could come up with) I’ve built an app or three: #1, #4, #6, #10 I could speak at I/O if I only had a ticket: #3, #9
Many of the hidden eggs will be found by happenstance, but there are two that definitely rely on Android programming knowledge.
We had a lot of fun designing the challenges and building the app, and we encourage you to use all of the tools at your disposal to hunt down the eggs (the Facebook team at the code kitchen was able to find 14 or so throughout the day!). We won’t be publishing solutions to the hunt, at least not yet, as we may end up using it as a recruiting tool. But feel free to leave us a comment below on what you’ve found, or find one of our developers on Google+ and ask them a question or two!
And seriously, Google, how about that I/O ticket? =)