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Design & Coding Challenges

Posted by Sravan | January 30, 2009 .

Mozilla Labs Design ChallengeMozilla Labs has a cool user interface design group with brilliant folks like Jono. This week they announced the first of a series of Design Challenges as part of their Concept Series. This challenge is primarily to trace inspiring UI design for the Web in general and thereby Firefox in particular.

I got the idea that this is for students only and the challenge is to answer the question: What would a browser look like if the Web was all there was? At the end of the round, they will be accepting 20 students to mentor. If you are a design student, do check the design challenge page and the discussion forums. Looks like a wonderful opportunity.

 Microsoft MIX 10K Smart Coding Challenge
Microsoft is conducting a 10K Smart Coding Challenge for this year’s MIX. The contest is to develop an application using the Silverlight or WPF (Windows Presentation Foundation) technologies. The catch is that the complete app should amount to 10 KB of code. “It’s time to exercise your minimalist creativity and get back to basics – a back to optimizing every little byte like your life depended on it,” one of the pages of the contest says.

I got this from Ryan, who is judging this contest. About the prizes, he wrote:

The winner gets an all expensed paid trip to Vegas for MIX09, AND they get a $1500 Visa gift card so they can take all of their friends out to dinner. Do they let you cash in those gift cards in the casino? There’s also a community winner which will receive a $1500 gift card and three runners-up get $500 clams each.

An Adobe Evangelist judging a Silverlight contest? Could it be because MIX sounds eerily like MAX? :-) Definitely sounds like fun.

All the Silverlight developers must participate in this. Microsoft makes even reading the official rules amusing. No, seriously. Why else did you think they named the rules page “TenKRules”? Do check out the gallery page at least. There are already quite a few uploaded.

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