Successful Completion - OpenSolaris as Contest Platform for 33rd ACM/ICPC in Asia/China

Report from Fang Li, OpenSolaris Community & Technology Adoption Team

Dear All,

This is a follow up (to our report on the same Subject last month) also
a completion summary on Sun's technical sponsorship to place OpenSolaris
as Contest Platform for 33rd ACM/ICPC (Association of Computer & Machinery/
International Collegiate Programming Contest) in Asia/China.

3 regional contests have been successfully conducted in the past November:
- Hefei: Nov 15-16, hosted by University of Science & Technology of China
attracted 103 Teams (360+ students) from 72 Universities

- Hangzhou: Nov 22-23, hosted hosted by Hangzhou Dianzi University,
participated by 115 Teams (330+ students) from 69 Universities

- Chengdu: Nov 29-30, hosted by Southwest University for Nationalities
attended by Teams (300+ students) from 66 Universities

Counting the other 2 Regional Contests held in October,
- Harbin (Oct 10-11, hosted by Harbin Engineering University)
110+ Teams (400+ students) from 73 Universities in 5 Countries
(China, Russia, Japan, Singapore & Korea), and

- Beijing (Oct 25-26, hosted by Beijing Jiaotong University):
100 Teams (300 students/93 coaches) from 66 universities in 2 countries
(China & Mongolia)

By now, we've successfully completed Sun's technical sponsorship commitment
to ACM/ICPC contests in China this CY2008.  Great to witness these young student
developers & their coaches adopting & using our technology/products, and learn
they're so committed and enthusiastic about Sun & Open Source technologies.

To recap a few highlights:
- OpenSolaris runs as ACM/ICPC China Contest Platform, tool set includes
SunStudio 12, NetBeans 6.1

- This program paves the way for our OpenSource technology adoption amongst
academic community (faculty/coaches & student developers both), also contributes
to SMI FY09 goal on OpenSolaris Installation & Student Connection.

- Collaborative efforts/outcomes generated from this program:
. University Sun Tech Day Forum Talk in all these 5 cities
. Boost User's Group setup/activities in these cities
. Universities are confirming to include OpenSolaris in their Practice Course
  curriculum (5 in Pipeline this Q2-Q3)
. Schools are asking for OpenSolaris Hands-on Lab set up for Students
. Some schools are inquiring to upgrade their Lab environment (Sales-lead)
. Sun Learning Service presented & promoted SLS offerings to the Universities

Obvious to see & get the exciting opportunity this Program brings to Sun &
introduces to the Community...

Lots of people to thank for the entire success of this program, and we must remember
these two guys Ricky Zhou & Edgar Liu - Ricky is the PM on this ACM/ICPC technical
sponsorship overall delivery/implementation, and Edgar is the primary technical support
from Sun to work with ACM/ICPC partners to ensure contests run smoothly on OpenSolaris.
Ricky & Edgar - Thanks for the fabulous job!!!

We also receive tremendous supports from various channels/levels (from Executive
to Community) on this program: James Hughes (Sun Fellow, Solaris CTO), Andres Escobero
(Sr Director, Open Community APAC & EM), Jim Grisanzio (Sr PM, OpenSolaris Eng Community),
etc. joined us on site for these events, see their blogs on their experience & takes:

- http://blogs.sun.com/andres
- http://blogs.sun.com/jimgris/entry/acm_icpc_programming_contest_hefei

SDN/Technology Outreach Team, Solaris Engineering Group & SLS Team in country are also
contributing a lot to this Program - John Jiang, Ada Li, Rita Zhang, Zhou Dong, Wu Jian,
Anthony Liu, Fiona Duan...(just to name a few, excuse if the list here is yet to complete)
a sincere THANKS EVERYONE here - Great Team Work!

Market interest/demand are out there, Desire for Adoption of our technology are
clearly registered, Momentum is being built & is gaining amongst the community, hope
this Program be a vehicle & bridge to connect Sun & our Customers/Users/Developers/
Communities, and create/bring values to both sides.

Any further inquiries/info, please contact us via "china-univ-pmo-AT-sun.com"

Thanks everyone & Kind regards,
OpenSolaris Community & Technology Adoption Team in China


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(P.S.)
More Information & Pictures about ACM/ICPC, please visit:
- SDN Websites & Media Coverage:
http://developers.sun.com.cn/events/acm/

- Team Members (Ricky's & Jim's) Blogs:
http://blogs.sun.com/jimgris/entry/acm_icpc_programming_contest_hefei

- Our Program Album on:
http://picasaweb.google.com/opensolaris.china

- More info about ACM/ICPC, and its China Council:
http://www.acm-icpc.cn
http://cm2prod.baylor.edu/login.jsf

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