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20 Students Worldwide, Indian Institute of Technology Win IBM's 2nd Linux Challenge


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SOMERS, NY - 21 Mar 2003: The Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) in Delhi, India, today has been named the top winner of IBM's Second Linux® Scholar Challenge. The university has been awarded a 16-node IBM eServer™ xSeries™ cluster running Linux. IIT received the highest overall average score among student winners from the 646 universities that enrolled in the challenge.

A total of twenty individual winners were selected from the 2,871 students who registered from 646 universities in 68 countries. The winners reflect the worldwide reach of Linux, heralding from the United States, India, Pakistan, Australia, Bulgaria, Canada, China, Colombia, France, Hungary, Rumania and Singapore. For their ingenuity and prowess with Linux development, the twenty winners will receive IBM ThinkPad® laptops running Linux. The projects represented a wide-range of Linux applications, from enhancing existing security and monitoring applications to building a network of Linux-based translation tools to create unified global communications. All the final projects can be viewed at www.ibm.com/university/linuxchallenge.

"These young people represent the next generation of Linux innovators," said Jim Stallings, General Manager, Worldwide Linux, IBM. "We are proud to have the opportunity to work with them and to do what we can to fuel their interest in Linux. The tremendous worldwide interest in the Linux Scholar Challenge shows how much progress is being made in opening up the infrastructure to the next generation of innovative enterprise applications."

Of the 20 winners, three qualified winners will be offered Summer 2003 internships at IBM's Linux Technology Center, where they will have an opportunity to work on IBM Linux projects with IBM's dedicated Linux programming laboratory. The results of their work during the internship will be incorporated into IBM Linux products and technology that will drive the next phase of e-business.

IBM created the "Challenge" in 2001 to help focus the enthusiasm of students familiar with the open source Linux operating system and the workings of the open source community. In the spirit of the open community, students are encouraged to consult with others, research the problem and use all open source resources to obtain the best results. In the first year of the Challenge, IBM received more than 1,400 registrations from 64 countries.

Contest winners were selected by an IBM panel of technologists from IBM Research, the IBM Linux Technology Center, and other IBM developers involved with Linux.

Already well known for its strong IT community, India represented 20 percent of the winning projects. Projects were given high marks for creativity, thoroughness, clarity, and results. Neeraj Kumar, from ITT, the winning university, submitted a WISECAM-Wireless Sensor Cam that solved several security and surveillance problems using wireless video sensors.

Other winning examples from around the world include:

Winners from the United States include:

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