Electronic Filing Group’s Bill Sanders sent me an interesting email regarding a college competition for Visual FoxPro.

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efG is producing 2 College Level Programming Contests in the US this year, one for spring term and another
for fall term, to coincide with and predate 2 VFP DevCons. We are looking for volunteers for 4 categories:

1. get the word out – Distribute our CollegeCon Flyers both in person and electronically to all of the universities in your area in both January and August.


2. electronic virtual judges – Review submissions during a 3 week period and grade on a scale during April and October, no more than 5 to an EVJ.


3. electronic virtual mentors – assist CollegeCon entrants with basic VFP stuff online within any of the VFP online communities.


4. Event Judges – need 20 per term. You will form the panel for the final leg of the competition and each judge will be
assigned to do a real time stand up peer review of ONE entrant, whilst the other 19 make scoring marks on our scoring system. We will pay for your airfare, conference registration fees and hotel (our 2 days plus the conference days). You’ll be responsible for your own food and booze. We will be taping the Final Leg and getting a video release from you; content will be rebroadcast after editing.


For #1, there is no VFP background requirement.
For #4, you must be a VFPGod.
For #2 you must be a VFPGod or know how to emulate a VFPGod.
For #3 you must have at least 2 years of experience with VFP and be able to write coherently in English with a modicum of code examples.


for more info please email to [ CCVol at efgroup dot net ]”

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From some additional information I have about the competition there will be 2 categories, Individual and Group, and there will be 6 prizes given away including cash, laptops, and MSDN subscriptions. If this materializes, and I have no reason to doubt Bill’s sincerity and resolve, this could be a very good thing for Visual FoxPro. I believe that when you take initiatives like this and add it to all of the other things that are currently being done in the interest of furthering Visual FoxPro, we are beginning to see the power of a true Community. Thanks for the email Bill and I know that the Visual FoxPro Community (including myself) will do what we can to help you make this a success.