[Cs-contests] Fwd: FW: CMD-IT Undergraduate Student Competition -- Deadline Extended to Feb. 18th

Leonid Reyzin reyzin at cs.bu.edu
Fri Feb 11 18:03:22 EST 2011

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Subject: CMD-IT Undergraduate Student Competition -- Deadline Extended to
Feb. 18th
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Fostering Innovation Through Inclusiveness


CMD-IT Undergraduate Student Competition

 Introductory CS Course Projects:

It's All About Inclusion

 Deadline Extended to Feb. 18, 2011


The objective of this competition is to have students develop descriptions
of computing projects that they find exciting, inspiring, and appealing to
students from underrepresented groups (African-Americans, Hispanics, Native
Americans, Pacific Islanders, and People with Disabilities).  The projects
can be artistic (for example using motion detection to make music with body
movement) or practical (for example using embedded microchips to help in
emergency situations).  Medical, cultural, economic - the projects can focus
on any topic so long as it includes computing. The competition does not
require implementation of the proposed project.

The scope of the project should be consistent with what a team of two
students can implement in a two week time-frame for an introductory
computing course.

The contest is open to students attending a U.S. institution and meeting the
following Eligibility Criteria mentioned below:

 *   You are actively enrolled as an undergraduate student at an accredited
college or university during the Contest Period.
 *   A Team may consist of up to three (3) eligible students.
 *   A student may be involved in only one team.

ENTRY DEADLINE EXTENDED:  18 February 2011, 11:59 EDT


The competition does not require any implementation.  Each team is limited
to one submission.   All submissions must go through the submission site<
 Each entry must include the following:

 *   A PDF document describing the project, how the project engages the
 underrepresented cultures, the computing concepts utilized in the project,
and pseudo code or algorithm description of the project.  Teams are
encouraged to submit figures or pictures with the description.  The
description is limited to 5 pages,  using 12-point font.  Again, no
implementation is required.
 *   A letter from the department head (of any one of the students) on
department letterhead confirming that all the students on a team are in good
standing and are undergraduate students.


The entries will be reviewed by the five members of the CMD-IT Executive
Leadership Team and Annuska Perkins from Microsoft and organizer of the
Imagine Cup Competition for Accessibility.  The entries will be reviewed
based upon the following criteria:

 *   40%  Description of engaging of underrepresented cultures
 *   20%  Project creativity
 *   20%  Concepts utilized
 *   20%  Pseudo code or algorithm description of the project

The winning projects as well as those projects receiving honorable mention
will be posted on the CMD-IT website.  Each project will be allocated a page
with images and contextual cues to make it as realistic as possible.
 Further, programming exercises will be provided by CMD-IT for each selected


 *   First Place:  $3,000
 *   Second Place:  $1,500

The prizes will be presented to the winning teams at the Tapia Conference<
in San Francisco on April 5, 2011.  The winning teams will receive support
to attend the Tapia Conference.


Some articles about underrepresented cultures can be found on the CMD-IT
resource site<

About CMD-IT
CMD-IT (pronounced "command it") is the national Center for Minorities and
People with Disabilities in Information Technology that is focused on the
following under-represented groups: African Americans, Native Americans,
Hispanics, Pacific Islanders, and People with Disabilities. The center,
which is focused on Fostering Innovation Through Inclusiveness, is comprised
of corporations, academic institutions, government agencies, and

Our mission is to ensure that under-represented groups are fully engaged in
computing and information technologies, and to promote innovation that
enriches, enhances, and enables these communities, such that more equitable
and sustainable contributions are possible by all communities.  More details
about CMD-IT can be found here<

Director:  Valerie Taylor, taylor at cse.tamu.edu<mailto:taylor at cse.tamu.edu>

Deputy Director:  Richard Ladner, ladner at cs.washington.edu<mailto:
ladner at cs.washington.edu>

Executive Leadership Council:  Ron Eglash (Rensselaer Polytechnic
Institute), Ann Gates (University of Texas in El Paso), Bryant York
(Portland State University)

The Competition is made possible by support from the following

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