If your a student or know a keen student IT Professional make sure you enter the IT Invitational in the Imagine Cup 2006.  The IT Invitational highlights the art and science of developing, deploying, and maintaining IT systems that are efficient, functional, robust and secure. In most scenarios IT professionals have a base set of tools and techniques, but still have to work through custom needs and configurations that require an intimate understanding of how all the pieces fit together. They also have to know how far the systems can be pushed before they might break. This means that every coffee shop, office environment, university, and even restaurants require these skills to run well. The IT invitational challenges students to demonstrate proficiency in the science of networks, databases, and servers, as well as the areas of analysis and decision making in IT environments.

General Guidelines
Individual competition
First round is an online quiz
All students achieving the minimum qualifying mark will advance to the 2 nd round
Second round is a series of business cases that will need to be solved
6 individuals advance to final competition in India

Prize Amounts for Worldwide Finals
First Place - $8,000
Second Place - $4,000
Third Place - $3,000
Additional prizes – Competitors that achieve advancement to the worldwide finals will also receive travel and accommodations to attend the final competition in Delhi, India.

Calendar
Nov 1, 2005 – Registration Opens
Feb 6, 2006 – Round One Begins
Mar 15, 2006 – Registration Closes / Round One Closes
April 1, 2006 – 2nd Round finalists announced
April 5, 2006 – 2nd Round Begins
May 8, 2006 – 2nd Round Closes
May 22, 2006 – 6 Worldwide finalists announced

Register Here!