Friday, November 18, 2005

Contest Winners

I am happy to announce this year's winners. Since there were only 4 entries that qualified this year, additional scoring/judging was not needed. The 4 winners are:
A certificate will be awarded soon. Congratulations on your work!

Monday, October 17, 2005

Contest Rules

This is the first time we are holding this contest. Hopefully, if students are interested, I will do this again next year, possibly with more interesting prizes... For this year, all winners will get a nice certificate from the Department of Computer Science. Being a winner will also be good on your resume of course!


The objective of this contest is to encourage students to use a balance of well-proven Web engineering principles coupled with good Web design guidelines to produce high quality Websites that follows usability and accessibility best practices.


  • All full-time/part-time students at CityU

  • Any major/department


  • 3 or fewer eligible team members

  • Entrants can only be on one team

  • One team may submit only one entry

  • Team members names and academic department must be listed in website entry


  • Contest End Time: 17 Nov 2005 - 8pm

  • Search Keywords: "CityU Web Hacker" Goldfish

  • Design Theme: goldfish


The following are the general rules for the contest:
  1. Good Content
    To participate in this contest, you will need to design at least one page with content and design related to this year's theme. (To join, you might only need to spend a few hours of work.)

  2. Good Web Standards
    All websites must be W3C validated for XHTML and CSS to qualify for this contest.

  3. Good Search Engine Optimization
    At the specified contest end time, the combined top 15 search results from both Google and Yahoo will be considered as the finalist of this contest. The search will be performed using the specified set of keywords.

  4. Good Web Metrics
    From the list of finalists, the SiteScore (excluding Visitor Rating score) will be computed. This score will be combined with a "design and content" score from one or more judges. The "design and content" score is to judge the quality of the overall design and content. The top 10 resulting scores will be the winners.


  • Entry will be disqualified if it used spamming to improve its page ranking.

Judging Panel

The contest judging panel will consist of several CityU academic staff members.

How To Participate

Just create your website and make sure it is accessible from search engines. All contest participants must add the following statement in their website:

This website was created as an entry to CityU's "eXtreme Web Designer Award" contest. The authors of this website agree to abide by all the rules and regulations of this contest as specified in:

Use of Entries

By participating in this contest, the participant agrees that CityU may use screen images and/or source code of the participant's entry website as well as use and publish the participant's name and entry in any type of media. Entrants further agree that their submitted statements are expressions of their personal belief and opinion.