Re: IBM Linux scholar contest

  • From: Steve Baker <ice@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: technocracy@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
  • Date: Wed, 15 Aug 2001 15:23:37 -0500

Raghuram Viswanadha <raghu@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
> IBM is pleased to invite students to participate in the Linux Scholar
> Challenge contest, where they can solve real-world issues and learn how to
> improve today's open source environments.
> Steve,
> would it possible to motivate students at ISU to take part???

  Maybe, two or three people.  The ACM chapter here tries to get some students
together now and then to take part in local programming contests.  Interest is
usually pretty low though.

  You really need to take this to Dr. Easton or something to see if he can get
the department interested.

> Prizes are as follows:
> Winners will receive one of 25 IBM ThinkPads
> Three qualified winners will be offered Summer 2002 internships at IBM's
> Linux Technology Center
> For the university with the highest average score of student entries (with
> a minimum of 10 entries), a choice of a 16-node Linux Cluster or
> entry-level IBM  zSeries Linux server

  To get a minimum of 10 entries, would take every decent student in the CS
program and then twice again as many mediocre ones.  I doubt we'd stand a
snowballs chances in Hell.  Even if we could get that many students interested
in participating, we'd have to spread some magic pixie dust around or
something to turn at least half of them into decent programmers if we were to
stand a chance of winning.

                                                                - Steve

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