Website Design Contest

Last week I met with Rosemary Bauer, founder of the Michigan Council for Women in Technology Foundation. This fall MCWTF is sponsoring their high school girls website contest; a great opportunity for young women to use their website planning, design and development skills.

MCWTF is looking for volunteer judges for the first round of judging the websites as well as an instructor to teach a usability seminar on Saturday, October 4, 2008.

For the contest, teams are composed of 1-2 high school girls, with a maximum of 80 teams competing in the contest. Teams must design their websites based on the theme “My Dream Career and How I Plan to Get There”.

Contest Judges

MCWT is looking for first round judges with knowledge of the technical aspects of web design.

  • Websites will be reviewed on line from a secure site.
  • Judging will take about 6-8 hours of time total using a rubric to score sites
  • Judging will take place from October 22, 2008 to November 8, 2008

Usability Instructor

The usability seminar is one time only, October 4, 2008, for 1 1/2 to 2 hours, at Lawrence Tech University in Southfield, Michigan. MCWT has the presentation from last year which could be modified or leveraged by the instructor. Around 20 girls are expected to attend the seminar, all high school students.

For more information about the contest, visit the Michigan Council for Women in Technology website or use their website contact form.

Adobe AIR Cookbook Cook-off Contest

Think you can solve common Adobe AIR related coding problems? Then you qualify for the Adobe AIR Cookbook Cook-off contest sponsored by O’Reilly Media to celebrate the upcoming publication of the Adobe AIR Cookbook

During this contest, we invite you to submit your best solutions to common AIR coding challenges for a chance to win some great prizes.

Who

RIA developers who are legal residents only of the United States

What

Solution to a common Adobe AIR related coding problem

Where

Adobe AIR cookbook website

When

Entries accepted between August 11 and September 26, 2008

Why

To have a chance at winning one of four great prizes—as well as helping others in the community build better AIR apps

Four winners will be chosen during the contest period. They will be awarded one of the following prizes:

Grand prize

One pass to the Adobe MAX 2008 conference in San Francisco, California (November 16–19) valued at US$1,695 and also US$500 in O’Reilly Media books

Second prize

Every English-language Adobe Developer Library (ADL) book published by O’Reilly Media prior to September 1, 2008

Third prize

Five O’Reilly Media books of the winner’s choice

Community choice award

US$350 in O’Reilly Media books to the winner of the top-rated recipe during the contest period. For details on how to
enter the contest, visit the AIR Cook-off website

Entries will be judged by a committee of experts from the RIA developer community and Adobe based on user experience, implementation, creativity, relevance, and (for lack of a better word) “AIR-ness.” Winners will be notified by e-mail or letter by October 15, 2008.

For more details on the terms and conditions of the contest, please
visit the AIR Cookbook Cook-off Rules and Regulations page on InsideRIA.