But Google wants more hand-on data and they want volunteers to get more useful data for Google Maps. They have announced that initiative called Mapathon 2013.
What Google Maps wants?
You can register for Google’s Mapathon 2013 contest at this landing page. Ideally sign in with your Gmail account. The contest will run from Feb 12 to March 25. So you still have 3 days to go ahead and register before it starts.
What Google is trying to do here, is get a lot of Maps users to volunteer important information across India. Google is also offering prizes for the top 1000 contestants.
Prizes on offer include 10 Samsung Galaxy Note 800 Android tablets.
40 Samsung Galaxy S II phones.
50 Flipkart gift coupons worth Rs. 5000.
The top 1000 contestants will get an free t-shirt too.
Chance to do good karma!
Thought prizes notwithstanding, I think it is a good idea to contribute to Google Maps from time to time. Especially with new information about important places like hospitals, correct names of roads and more.
Facebook is well known for its hacking competition. If you have seen the movie ‘Social Network’, it showed how hacking match-offs would take place and the winner would be offered a job at Facebook.
Though I would not know if those stories are real or not, but Facebook does have a lot of respect for the hacking community. They show this respect by hosting an annual programming contest called the Hacker Cup.
Facebook Hacker Cup Details
The competition starts on 25th January 2013. If you are interested in the competition, you can register at this link.
Anyone from around the world can register for the competition but read the terms while registering.
There will be a qualification round followed by 3 elimination rounds. All these rounds will be held online.
Final Onsite round will be held at Facebook offices at Menlo Park, California, US.
The 1st place winner will get a cash prize of $10,000 USD.
The 2nd place winner gets $2000 USD and 3rd place winner gets $1000 USD.
The prize of $100 USD will be given to programmers who come in from 4th to 25th.
Earlier this month, we announced a contest in which readers could retweet and win a free pass for the ABC Cloud Computing – India World Forum to be held in Mumbai, India on 12th October, 2011. We decided to pick the winner via Random.org.
After entering in all the names of participants into a list, we got the random name of Mridul.
Congratulations to Mridul and better luck next time to the other participants.
The winner will be notified through email and asked for particulars so the passes for the event could be arranged.
Here is the video of the contest winner being picked randomly
Keep reading Devils’ Workshop for more exciting contests and updates.
Editor’s Note: This contest is closed now. The results can be seen here.
Cloud computing is big business. Chances you are already using Cloud technology but just not aware of it. In India, the Cloud Computing industry in India is said to be worth $400 Million. This number is expected to be around $4.5 Billion by 2015.
Many IT Heads from major MNC companies like McDonald’s India, Cannon India, Deloitte India and more, will be key speakers at the event.
The Forum will be held on 12th October, 2011 – Mumbai, India.
Here is your chance to get a full conference pass free.
#1. Post following status on your Twitter account:
[#Contest] Retweet & Win Pass for ABC Cloud Computing Event in #Mumbai, India http://t.co/GyMhfRS via @devils_workshop #cloudcomputing
#2. Copy and paste the URL of your Tweet in comments below indicating your interest in attending the Cloud Computing World Forum in India. When the contest closes, a lucky winner will be chosen using random.org.
The winner will be declared on 25th September, 2011 (contest extended from previous 20th September).
Note: Only your pass is free. Travel and stay is not included.
AMD’s is running a contest to promote their new VISION technology. In this contest I (on behalf of Devils Workshop) was invited with 4 other participants. Our goal is to explore and promote this new technology from AMD. AMD has gifted every contest a HP Pavilion dm1 – 3210au laptop which has AMD’s vision technology at its core.
About VISION Technology
With AMD’s VISION Technology, you can enjoy videos in good HD quality, play games that demands high-end graphics smoothly, edit images/videos like a pro. This is made possible via AMD’s new APU (Accelerated Processing Unit) processors. These APU combines power of GPU (Graphics Processing Unit) and CPU (Central Processing Unit) in single chip. You can read more about AMD’s APU processor here.
“Break In If You Can” is official hacking contest organized by The International Institute of Information Technology, Hyderabad, India.
This hacking contest is organized as part of Felicity, the annual cultural and technical festival, to be held from 18th – 20th February, 2011.
Real Hacking Contest!
Most hacking challenges creates a dummy site/scenario where organizers know in advance how far you can go! In most of those challenges, once you uncover security holes, you are often encountered with a lame message congratulating you.
But in this real hacking contest, you are expected to hack into IIIT Hyderabad’s website itself i.e. http://iiit.ac.in/
They have promised not to sue you but make sure if you break-in successfully rather than damaging and creating havoc, you contact organizers to claim your prize.
As per official site 1st Prize is Rs. 5000. But I personally feel that this hacking contest itself is bigger than any other prize!
If you love to program and are in the age group of 13 to 18 then here is your chance to show your programming skills . In an effort to encourage more participation to open source developments, Google is organizing a contest for pre-university students, around the world.
The contest starts on 22 November 2010.
Who can Participate?
Students within age of 13 to 18.
Contestant must be enrolled in a university, secondary school or in any other recognized educational institution.
All students will need a guardian’s permission to take part.
What would the students have to deal with?
Writing code, tasks involving creating and editing documents, research and much more.
Last week we had announced a giveaway contest of Premium WordPress Theme from Theme Junkie. We had a pretty good response to the contest with over 60 re-tweets. Overall 26 contestants took part in this giveaway and the time to announce the winners is here.