How could you help a charity if we offered £15,000? That's the question and we want your answers.
For all those IT professionals who dedicate their time to a charity, this competition is a great opportunity for you to help even more. We are asking you to send us a system design that will improve the IT infrastructure of a charity of your choice. If you don’t have a particular charity in mind, don’t worry as we have asked the National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (NSPCC), Leonard Cheshire and Global Action Plan to supply us with a number of problems that require a creative solution. You have to work to a budget of £15,000 and this must include all software and hardware. You can submit anything from a picture perfect Visio diagram to a sketch from a whiteboard and don’t worry, your system design can include more than just Microsoft technology.
The winning entry will be passed to a team of Microsoft technical specialists who will work with the winner to implement the system. The four runners-up will each receive £1,000 worth of Microsoft consultancy and £1,000 worth of Microsoft software for the charity named on their winning entry. Plus, all five finalists will win a free ticket to IT Forum 2007 in Barcelona.
The competition will run from 18 December 2006 to 23 March 2007. The entries will be reviewed by our judging panel, and a shortlist of ten finalists will have their system designs turned into artwork to be exhibited in a top London art gallery. The top five entries will then be put to the public vote to choose the overall winner.