Sunday, October 01, 2006

Google Wordmasters Challenge

On Sep 30th, it was on a Saturday, early morning 10 O'Clock, when I was present at Loyola college, Nungambakkam. I was fortunate one among the 300 participants from Chennai for Google wordmaster's challenge, first of its kind, non technical contest conducted by Google throughout India. The "any graduate" criteria from the Big Brand GOOGLE had drew attention of even 60 year old contestants. Their spirit definitely deserves commendation. A matured crowd that had congregated for the challenge, it appeared. A guy wearing "I m feeling lucky" on his back, gave away a presentation on Google and answered every question posed by the participants with poise.

The rules got the game were simple. Use 20 preselected words to form a 200 word essay/fiction in 45 minutes. Creativity, grammar and logical string of words were the deciding criteria.

At the end of the contest, I realised that even I too could write a fiction in 45 minutes. It was a fun competition and winning and losing did not matter to me much.

It was a delight to receive Google's goodie bag containing a notepad, pen and a keychain with Google logo printed over it. The results will be out on Oct 30th and 10 chosen people will get a chance to visit Google office at Hyderabad while the first 3 winners have exciting prizes to be won including a chance to do a distant learning course at one of the top foreign universities.

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