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Meet the Winners of Webmonkey’s Google I/O Giveaway

We’re giving away a pair of passes to Google I/O today.

A little over a week ago, we kicked off our contest, encouraging you to send us any HTML5 web apps or Google Chrome browser extensions you’ve built. Alternatively, we asked you to tell us how you’d describe a web app to your grandmother. We got a heap of submissions, but we worked our way through the field and picked two winners.

Abraham Williams and Mike Cantelon will be heading to Google’s premiere developer event, which takes place May 19 and 20 at Moscone Center in San Francisco, free of charge.

Here are the winning apps, chosen by the Webmonkey staff, along with a couple of honorable mentions:

Winner: Intersect by Abraham Williams

Williams came up with this cool extension for Chrome that shows additional information about a user’s followers on Twitter — in particular, it shows where you and another user’s social graphs overlap. Install the extension and visit somebody’s Twitter profile page. You’ll see additional grids loading below their stack of followers. You see which of your friends are also following that user, which friends you have in common and which followers you have in common. It’s an excellent social discovery tool for Twitter power users, and the best extension for Twitter’s stock web interface we’ve seen yet. Congrats, Abraham!

Winner: Blood Funnel by Mike Cantelon

Cantelon created this funky little game called Blood Funnel using JavaScript and HTML. It’s basically Space Invaders, except with flying, demonic Goldman Sachs bankers standing in for the buglike aliens. The paranoia is amped up by an awesome, thumping techno soundtrack — served up as an ogg file, of course. Check out Cantelon’s JavaScript source, it’s elegant. Caveat: Blood Funnel is nimble in Chrome, but it’s slower in Firefox. Congrats, Mike!

Runner Up: TabTweet by Nathanial Smith

Smith developed this Chrome extension which adds auto-complete functionality when you’re addressing @replies through Twitter’s web interface. When you go to start a new reply, you type the @ symbol and the extension kicks in, offering a dropdown list of your friends. It will continue to auto-complete the addresses as you type.

Runner Up: BitTorrent demo by Chris Lee

Lee took the old Aphid animated demo of BitTorrent (which you may remember from when we wrote about it, though the original link has gone the way of the ghost) and updated it using Processing.js. It runs in any browser that supports the <canvas> element, but, again, this one performs better in Chrome than in Firefox.

Best ‘Grandma’ Explainer by Curtis Tasker

“When you pull out your iPod and hit the Knit Buddy button to manage your needles and yarn, that’s what we call an ‘app.’ Now, let’s say you’re at the yarn store and you need to access your yarn and needle inventory to figure out what you need to buy for your latest creation. You realize you forgot your iPod at home. There’s no easy way to get access to the information you stored there. You could drive home and get your iPod, but it’s a long way. You could call Grandpa and attempt to have him look up the information, but what if he’s napping, or has the TV turned up too loud again? What if you could access your knitting inventory from your iPod, or your friends phone, or by the store’s computer? That’s what we call a “web app.” Instead of being stuck running an ‘app’ on a single device, and having your information locked to that device, you run a ‘web app’ on any device attached to the web, and you can access your information anywhere.”

Congrats to the winners, and thanks to everyone who sent in a submission for the contest. We’ll see the two of you — along with many more of you out there — at Google I/O in May.