WebChallenge Awards Today!

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ATLANTA, May 2008 – The Technology Association of Georgia (TAG) Foundation announced recently that four teams of high school students have been selected as finalists for WebChallenge2008. WebChallenge is a yearly web development competition for high school students to win scholarship money to attend Georgia colleges and universities.

Winners of WebChallenge2008 and $15,000 in college scholarship money will be announced at a WebChallenge Awards banquet held at the Christopher W. Klaus Advanced Computing Building, 266 Ferst Drive, Atlanta Ga 30332, at Georgia Tech on Friday, May 16 from 11am to 2:00pm. Please come!

The keynote speaker for the WebChallenge Awards event will be Chris Klaus, founder of Internet Security Systems, Inc. (ISS) in his Georgia Tech dorm room. In 2000, at the age of 26, Klaus donated $15 million to Georgia Tech to fund construction of the building that now bears his name. Klaus is now founder and CEO of Atlanta-based 3D virtual worlds provider Kaneva, Inc.

Four teams of high school students are finalists in this year’s WebChallenge competition; teams built and launched interactive applications on the Facebook social network:

North Gwinnett High School:  Alan Barber, Brent O’Neill

Horizon Christian Academy
:  Josh Patton, Josh Halliday, Josh Kilcoyne, Ben Crete

The Weber School:  Josh Mangel, Avi Zolty

Academy of Computing and Information Technology (ACIT):  Christopher King, Joseph Hughes, Stark Riedesel, George Ursu

In the promotional video for WebChallenge2008, Chris Klaus noted that “you see people becoming entrepreneurs at a younger age nowadays” and provided guidance to budding entrepreneurs: “My advice to somebody who has found something that they’re passionate about is to go pursue it with all their might. It’s a great time when you’re young to put all that you have behind a concept.”

WebChallenge is a yearly program of the TAG Foundation, and is organized and managed by Atlanta technology industry volunteers. WebChallenge2008 scholarship awards of $15,000 are funded by global business software provider SAP, Atlanta-based open source software company Appcelerator, and Atlanta technology entrepreneur Wayt King.

For more information contact:  Grayson Daughters at WaySouth Media, 404-216-0387, or gdaughters@waysouthmedia.com

NOTE: The WebChallenge Awards date is wrong in the video. The event date is actually May 16, Friday. Even though I uploaded a new, edited video to Blip.tv to reflect the change to a May 16th date, for some reason the embed code generated by Blip.tv for use on WordPress STILL embeds only the old video. Thus the old video was never entirely deleted from the Blip.tv server. That’s kinda weird.

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