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North American Contest Entrants Now Vying for Prizes in IDUG’s First Global Search for “the XML Superstar"


We're continuing to see more and more interest in the "Search for the XML Superstar" contest currently under way.  IDUG issued a press release this afternoon highlighting some of the recent developments.  If you haven't entered yet, there's still time - just head over to www.xmlchallenge.com.

CHICAGO--(BUSINESS WIRE)--IDUG®, the International DB2 Users Group, reported today that since the contest launch on October 1, more than 30,000 students, faculty and developers throughout North America have sought programming contest entry information in its first competition to award and recognize current and future software superstars.

"The Search for the XML Superstar" is a global contest that was launched earlier in 2008 in Europe, China, Southeast Asia and India. It is aimed at university students, faculty and professional developers of all skill and experience levels with XML (eXtensible Markup Language) and its related database technologies. The North American contest started on Oct. 1 and runs through Jan. 31, 2009.
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More than 70,000 contestants are already entered globally, he adds. Prizes include laptop computers, GPS devices, iPod® portable media players and PlayStation® games. All who register at http://www.xmlchallenge.com and complete a short quiz receive free tee shirts. Individuals can join contest groups at Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter and Orkut. Contestants who invite a friend to enter earn points toward the XML Superstar Grand Master prize. The Grand Master prize is a Bose Wave Radio.

If you have entered already (or even if you haven't), we'd also love your feedback on the contest.  We've got a very brief 5 question survey that we'd love for you to fill out for us, or you can always leave feedback here and I'll make sure it gets passed along.

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