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IBM today announced the "Cool Blue VoiceXML Challenge," a VoiceXML contest
for students at universities, colleges and technical schools in the United
States, Canada, Australia, the U.K. and Ireland.

The Web-based contest is designed to promote the use of VoiceXML, a new
standard for making Internet content accessible via phone, and to begin
cultivating the skills base of the future community of software
developers.

Prizes range from $25,000 (USD) and an IBM internship, to IBM ThinkPad
PCs, major sports travel packages (airfare, hotel, car rental, and game
tickets) amongst others, and will be awarded for the BEST VoiceXML
APPLICATIONS and for the University, College or Technical Programming
School with the most qualified submissions.

To enter, contestants must complete the online registration form by 12:00
a.m. on December 31, 2000. Online entries must be submitted no later than
11:59 p.m. on February 15, 2001. Winners will be notified on or around
March 15th, 2001.

For full contest details, including official rules and registration, visit
http://www.ibm.com/software/speech/contest


About IBM

With over 30 years of research and development and a portfolio of more
than 100 voice technology patents, IBM is the global leader in providing
access to data through end-to-end voice integrated solutions that enable
organizational effectiveness for e-business development. For more
information about IBM Voice Systems, visit http://www.ibm.com/software/voice


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