Web designers vie for Survival
By Paul Walhus
March 23, 2004
The event's coordinators are now accepting team entry submissions to participant in the event. It's being billed as a "spectator event and real-time Web design and implementation competition." The folks producing WebEdge Survivor want "to introduce the general public to the horrors and excitement of Web development." It will be webcast and made in to a documentary for next year's submission to http://sxsw.com
"Young kids and old-timers with the battle scars of numerous projects, constantly face the stress caused by impossible time lines, the minefields of vague requirements and the shock of "survival challenges" at irregular hours just so you and I can enjoy surfing the Web," said WebEdge "commander" Carl de Cordova. "WebEdge Survivor will pit the best against the best and is sure to be excruciating good fun to watch for techies and non-techies alike."
Participants comprising five teams will be selected by entries received before July 1, 2004. Once they're assembled, each team will be given an assignment that will be kept top secret until the beginning of the event. Then they'll have 25 hours to plan, design and execute a solution. To help maintain dramatic tension, video crews and a live audience will be on hand to witness the trials and tribulations of each Web development team. And they will also face a "Survival Challenge" where the winners get a night on a yacht on Lake Travis with bands playing and gourmet food and the losers will be consigned a tent far in the woods with rice to cook and a pot, but no matches.
For entertainment at the event, there will be swimming, roque, volleyball, basketball, softball, running, hiking, biking, yoga, tai chi and nia. There will be a community sing and movie every night. There will be a children's parade and balloon ascension with fireworks on July 4th. There will be special excursions for challenge winners to Austin and the Texas Hill Country.
The first place prize is valued at $10,000. It'll be awarded to the best team, as judged by a panel of experts and audience voting. Entry fee is $500 per person which covers four days of competition and high level training courses in web design and promotion/marketing.
Event Co-ordinators and Staff (proposed):
Volunteers to be recruited from around Austin and Bastrop
To sign up call Paul at 512/581-9617 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
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February 6, 2001. San Jose, CA.
4D, Inc., publishers of the 4th Dimension RAD/RDBMS Environment and WebSTAR Server Suite, scored a major coup by hiring long time Mac Evangelist Carl de Cordova. Carl joins the new 4D Evangelist team as the 4D WebSTAR Evangelist. Carl is known throughout the Mac web server community for his work at Apple and as the founder of WebEdge, the first Macintosh World Wide Web Development Conference.
Since leaving Apple, Carl has gone on to successfully evangelize several other products, including most recently DoDots, an Internet startup founded by Heidi Roizen. His new position will allow Carl to tour the country, talking to groups about WebSTAR, speaking at conferences, and answering questions about the benefits of utilizing the WebSTAR Server Suite.
Groups interested in having Carl speak or obtaining more information about the WebSTAR Server Suite can contact him at: evangelists@4D.com.
"Carl is an exceptional asset to our team. He knows the Mac community, he's dedicated to making the Mac market grow and most of all, he understands web development and the significance of the internet to the business needs of Mac users," said Brendan Coveney, president and CEO, 4D, Inc.
"I'm delighted to have the opportunity to work with the WebSTAR team to educate the Mac community on such an amazing product," stated Carl de Cordova, 4D WebSTAR Evangelist, 4D, Inc. "It's an exciting time to be joining 4D with the release of Mac OS X just around the corner. There is a tremendous amount of energy in the WebSTAR community that I can't wait to tap into."
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