IBM Linux Scholar Challenge registrations closing soon
- 26 October, 2004 16:57
Sydney, 26 October 2004 - College and university students from all over the world have signed up to participate in this year’s Linux Scholar Challenge run by IBM. Applications are being accepted until October 31, so there are still a few days left to register.
The worldwide contest gives students the opportunity to make improvements to Linux, create usability tools or enhancements, or design Linux applications. The challenge encourages participation in the open-source community and allows students to gain real-world experience with the fast growing operating system, by solving current Linux issues.
Geoff Lawrence, Linux Regional Manager for IBM Australia and New Zealand, says: “Many of the students participating in the IBM Linux Scholar Challenge will go on to build careers in open source software. The Challenge gives them an opportunity to work on real-life problems, and a few will get work experience inside a professional Linux development organisation. Also, the entire Linux developer and user community benefits from seeing bright new ideas from students around the world.”
The top 20 entries will each receive an IBM ThinkPad with the Linux platform and have the opportunity to qualify for one of three 2005 internships at IBM Linux Technology Centres. A Linux 16-node ‘start-up’ cluster will be awarded to the university with the highest overall average from their students' entries.
Previous IBM Linux Scholar Challenges have been huge successes. In 2002, over 1,800 students from 72 different countries competed and, of those, 45 entrants were from Australia. Among the top three students awarded with an internship was Jeremy Kerr from the University of Western Australia, whose project focused on optimising a Linux Virtual Server with Dynamic Feedback. Jeremy won a four month internship at the Linux and IBM Technology Centre in Canberra and has subsequently been offered a permanent job with IBM as an open source developer.
To date, the 2004 IBM Linux Scholar Challenge has received around 1,700 entries from 72 countries worldwide. Currently 75 of these registrations are from Australia; however this is expected to increase towards the end of October.
To qualify for participation in the IBM Linux Scholar Challenge and be in with a chance of winning an internship at IBM, students need to register on-line at www.ibm.com/university/linuxchallenge by no later than 11:59 PM on October 31, 2004. All projects must be submitted by December 13, after which judging will take place, and winners will be announced on or around January 21 2005.
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