Google Bursaries to Attend UKUUG LISA Conference – London, 24-26 March 2009

We are pleased to share the following announcement from Google and the UK Unix & Open Systems User Group (UKUUG) :-

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As part of Google’s ongoing commitment to encouraging women to excel in computing and technology, UKUUG has announced the 2009 Google UKUUG Student/Developer Conference Grant to encourage more female computer scientists to attend and participate in the UKUUG 2009 Conference, 24-26 March, London.

UKUUG encourages all UK-based student/developer female computer scientists interested in Large Installation Systems Administration (LISA) to apply.

Two people will be chosen from the applicant pool to each receive a 500 GBP grant to go towards registration for the conference, the conference dinner, travel and accommodation. Your delegate fee, dinner ticket and accommodation will be paid automatically from the grant. Travel costs must be claimed back separately after the event.

The UKUUG LISA conference will be held in London at the Park Crescent Conference Centre from 24th to 26th March 2009 and is a must-attend event for system and network administrators. As well as the technical talks, the conference provides a friendly environment for members to meet, learn, and enjoy lively debate on a host of subjects.

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Please visit the UKUUG site

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to learn more about how to apply for one of the two bursary places. Applications close Wednesday, 11th February 2009.

Alternative Concession Entry

In addition to the above grant, there are limited UKUUG concession places available to female students, for example. Please email office at the domain to discuss such alternative options to attend the conference.

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Dundee University – YouTube Student Competition!

Are you a Student between the ages of 15 and 21 based in the UK? Well if you are then you have just come to the right website! This is your opportunity to win £500. Imagine what you could do with that… So what do you need to do… well here’s all the details! If you aren’t a student please pass on the information and give someone you know the opportunity to shine!!! Alternatively put forward a few suggestions for the students here that might just get them started on their video!

Young people in schools and colleges all over the UK are being challenged to create the next `Youtube’ sensation in a major new competition being launched by the University of Dundee.

The Interactive Media Design programme at Dundee is asking 15 to 21-year-olds to make a three-minute video on the theme `Artificially Intelligent’ and post it on the Youtube website (

The competition is split into two age groups – 15 to 17-year-olds and 18 to 21-year-olds. The winners in each category will receive a prize of £500.

“Interactive media design is all about matching creativity with the technical know-how to do something like putting together a video and placing it on the web,” said Morna Simpson, lecturer on the IMD degree programme at Dundee.

“Our students do the most amazing work, and are winning some of the best jobs going in high-tech and creative industries. We want to give a big shout about that.”

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Young people with creative talent should know that the University of Dundee is the place to come, if you want to do some of the most innovative and ground-breaking work that is going on right now”

Gary Duncan and Andrew Cook, two Interactive Media Design graduates have set the ball rolling by writing, filming, editing and acting in the first “Artificially Intelligent” video.

“It is really good fun!” said Morna, “ A genius piece of work, though I say so myself!.

“Now we want to see what young people around the UK can produce – hopefully we are going to find some real stars through this competition because we are sure there is a lot of untapped talent out there.

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“The theme of the competition is fairly broad so the field is wide open to be as creative as possible. We have got some of our students to create an initial video which can be viewed now – the challenge to other young people around the UK is to show us you can do something which really stands out.”

Morna said a site like Youtube gave young people a hugely powerful tool to show off their creative talents.

“The great advantage of something like Youtube is that a project like making a small video can now reach a vast audience very quickly,” said Morna. “ If you look through some of the most popular videos on Youtube you will find that great ideas win over high-tech equipment every time!”

The competition will be open until November. All details can be found on the dedicated website at …

The information in this post was sent via Interactive Media Design who is a collaboration between Duncan of Jordanstone College and the School of Computing at the University of Dundee. This unique blend of disciplines gives students the wide range of tools to meet the design challenges of the 21st century.

If you haven’t already seen our recent interview with Steve Bannerman, Marketing Director of Ugobe then do take a look… the Pleo’s a great example of HCI and early stage AI. Let see if we can get a few girl geeks into this competition! It’s a great opportunity!

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