FullCodePress Organiser’s Dastardly Plans Revealed

By Matthew Magain

The FullCodePress event is coming up to the 12 hour mark, meaning that the two teams are about to cross over the halfway mark.

SitePoint’s Matthew Magain caught up with one of the FullCodePress organisers, Russ Weakley, for a few minutes to talk about his original motivations for running the event, which team he thought had the edge in the competition, and some of the other (questionable) ideas that he had in store for making the build-a-web-a-site-in-a-day competition even more challenging.

There is a bit of background noise, so a transcript of the video is provided at the end of the post.

View more videos from the FullCodePress event.


Matt: Russ, you’re one of the organisers of FullCodePress.

Russ: I am, dammit!

How’s it shaping up compared to a couple of years ago?

Hard to tell at this stage. Last time round, the New Zealanders beat our arse!

Cameraman: Go New Zealand!

So this year we’re hoping to … what is it … extract revenge!

That sounds painful.

It does, doesn’t it? Sadly, team New Zealand look far more together than us (Aussies), so who knows?

I remember one of your original motivations for running this event was “to put two teams together under pressure, and see if they would crack”. It sounds fairly sadistic …

It is, basically! Unfortunately (co-organiser) Mike wouldn’t let us do all of the things that we wanted to do.

Such as?

Well, we wanted to make them wear collars, so we could zap them at regular intervals. We were going to have a TV camera out the back, and zap them! We wanted to put water cannons on them every few hours, but sadly …

I noticed the wireless internet connection has been flawless for the Aussies, but it keeps dropping out for the Kiwis. Is there any kind of tampering or anything going on?

(Shh!) I don’t think so!

I don’t think need to investigate that any further … that’s fine.


So are you looking at picking a winner at this early stage? Any inkling on how it’s going to pan out?

I’m not a judge. I’ll leave that to the judges.

Fair enough.



Matthew Magain
Meet the author
Matthew Magain is a UX designer with over 15 years of experience creating exceptional digital experiences for companies such as IBM, Australia Post, and He is the co-founder of UX Mastery, and recently co-authored Everyday UX, an inspiring collection of interviews with some of the best UX Designers in the world.
  • jphilapy

    Difficult to hear because their accent is hard to understand and blends in behind all the background noise. Sorry but sounds like chattering to me.

  • mattymcg

    @jphilapy Thanks for the feedback. I’ve added a transcript of the conversation.


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