If you're a whiz at Web design and have time to enter a contest, you could be one of three finalists to have your team flown to the MIX10 conference Las Vegas, where you'll collect your US$50,000. The winner also goes to New York City to attend the annual Webby Awards in June. It's all part of this year's PhizzPop Design Challenge, an event sponsored by Microsoft and The Webby Awards to benefit the Boys & Girls Clubs of America.
Qualifying proposals are for sites developed with the Microsoft Web Platform and other Microsoft tools that are engaging to parents, charitable givers, media and other site visitors. According to today's announcement of the contest, projects will be judged on the following five criteria:
- Content and communication plan
- Structure and navigation
- Visual design
- Integration of Microsoft technology
- Scope of interactivity
"High marks will be given to entries that propose a more visually appealing and interactive site reflecting contemporary design trends, and that incorporate the Web's best practices in areas such as social media and video," according to the announcement.
Three teams selected as finalists will be flown and put up in Las Vegas for MIX10, Microsoft's Web designer and developer conference in March, where they will pitch their concepts to a panel of judges. Enter the PhizzPop Design Challenge by Feb. 19, 2010.