The exact contest rules are here:

And relevant parts:

>       ?
> THE ENTRY: The participants can choose to develop an application of  
> their choice, which must be implemented using open source  
> technologies and development tools. The application must be  
> developed using either the Netbeans or Sun Studio development tools  
> and environment. These development tools may be downloaded, without  
> cost, at The application must also use at  
> least two Sun open source technologies such as OpenSolaris,  
> OpenOffice, GlassFish, MySQL, etc. A complete list of the Sun open  
> source technologies that may be used for this Contest, along with  
> instructions on how to download them for free is located 
> at 
>  (under the ?Technologies? tab). All applications along with their  
> source code and project descriptions must be hosted in the  
> project site.
> Project Proposal: The participants must submit their Project  
> Proposal during the Proposal Period (ending on December 31, 2008),  
> which must include the participants' name, address, and contact  
> information, University name, contact information of a faculty  
> reference, project name and abstract, a working prototype and a  
> presentation (with not more than 20 slides) detailing the project  
> idea, a pointer to the project and source code repository (with  
> version stamp) on and the names of the open source  
> technologies used. Each Project Proposal submission will be  
> qualified as a valid Entry after a review by the panel of judges  
> determines, in their sole discretion, that the Entry meets the  
> minimum submission requirements described above to participate in  
> the contest. The participants should proceed with submitting the  
> final project implementation only after the project proposal is  
> approved as a qualifying entry.
> Final Project Entry: Approved Participants must submit their Final  
> Project Entry during the Final Project Period (ending on April 30,  
> 2008), which must include the participants' name, University name,  
> project name, the pointer to the project and source code repository  
> (with version stamp) on, and a presentation (with not more  
> than 20 slides) to demonstrate the usage and features of the final  
> project.
> All Entries must be in English. Registration or Entries that are in  
> any other language will not be considered. Entries that are lewd,  
> obscene, pornographic or disparage the Sponsor will be disqualified  
> at the Sponsor?s sole discretion.
>       ?
> JUDGING: All Entries will be judged by a panel of experts based on  
> the following judging criteria, listed in order of importance:
> - Validity and completeness of the entries, including quality of the  
> code
> - Innovation and usefulness of the application developed
> - Ease-of-use of the application
> - Documentation provided
> - Number of Sun open source technologies used in the implementation
> In the event of a tie, the individual person or team among the tied  
> Entries with the most complete and highest quality Entry will be  
> declared the winner. The Entries will be judged fairly and strictly  
> in accordance with the terms and conditions of the Contest, and no  
> arbitrary grant of prizes will be made. The faculty reference will  
> be contacted to verify the authenticity of the work before winners  
> are announced. Decisions of judges are final and binding. Winners  
> will be notified by email.


On Sep 24, 2008, at 6:11 PM, Bonnie Corwin wrote:

> FYI for sponsors - we are trying to ascertain exactly what the contest
> rules are this year and whether there will be any requests made to the
> sponsor program.  It is well understood that last year's contest  
> caused
> significant problems, and we will do everything we can to make sure
> those are not repeated.
> Thanks.
> Bonnie
> On 09/23/08 06:06 PM, S h i v wrote:
>> Last year when the contest was done in India, the limits of
>> request-sponsor process was put to test.
>> Sending a notification for people to take note & check if the  
>> internal
>> machinery is geared for similar requests as before !
>> (just forwarding the notification & I am not in anyway involved in
>> either the contest or the request-sponsor process)
>> -Shiv
>> ---------- Forwarded message ----------
>> From: Ashwin Bhat <ashwinbhatks at>
>> Date: Mon, Sep 22, 2008 at 1:57 PM
>> Subject: [ug-bosug] [OT] Code for Freedom Contest for Students
>> To: Bangalore OpenSolaris User Group <ug-bosug at>
>> FYI
>> Here's a chance to Contribute using Open Source Technologies and win
>> loads of prizes.
>> Contest Home Page - 
>> _______________________________________________
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>> request-sponsor at
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