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Grid Computing Now! launches a nationwide grid computing competition in partnership with the British Computer Society (BCS). The Grid Computing Now! competition is open to students and young professionals to develop solutions to 21st century challenges using the capabilities of grid computing technologies.

The competition has the backing of the National e-Science Centre, Intel, Microsoft and includes judges from the fields of science, technology, design and government such as:

  • Ray Browne, Assistant Director of Innovation Technology and Sustainable Development, Department of Trade and Industry
  • David De Roure, Head of Grid and Pervasive Computing in the School of Electronics and Computer Science, University of Southampton
  • Sean Hanna, Research Engineer at UCL (University College London)
  • John Barr, Architect, Grid and High Performance Computing, Intel
  • Jerry Fishenden, National Technology Officer, UK, Microsoft
  • Carl Christensen, Chief Software Architect, ClimatePrediction.net project, Dept of Physics, University of Oxford

The winner will be eligible for a six week paid Grid Computing Now! project Internship hosted by Intellect, the UK hi-tech association in Summer 2007. The winner will also be eligible to attend the Microsoft European Research and Innovation day held in Brussels, enjoy a year's free membership of the British Computer Society and receive an XBox 360, with the offer of Microsoft Windows Server 2003 Standard 10 CALs and Microsoft Compute Cluster Server for the prize winner's employer/university. There will also be prizes for the runners up.

The entrant will have to develop a submission of up to 500 words describing the problem and their approach to a solution using grid computing technologies. The submissions will be reviewed by the organising committee and selected candidates will be invited to submit a more complete entry.

The deadline for initial entries is 30 June 2006 and up to 10 shortlisted entrants will be invited to present their entries to the judges at the competition final on 28 September at the BCS offices in Southampton Street. If you would like to enter the competition or would like more details please visit www.gridcomputingnow.org

If you have further questions about the competition, please email competition@gridcomputingnow.org and we will be happy to answer your questions.


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