Monday, November 19, 2007


I'm happy to announce this year's winners. Quite a large number of students joined and competition was tough. The following winners were selected based on a combination of their search engine ranking, XHTML/CSS validation, usability and the level of compliance to accessibility guidelines. The cutoff is accessibility priority level 2 in the XACT tests. This year's winners are:

I extend my congratulates to these students!

Thursday, November 15, 2007

Shortlisted Entries

The following are the shortlisted entries:

Wednesday, September 12, 2007

Contest Rules

This is the 3rd year we are holding this contest. Like previous years, all winners will get a nice award certificate from the Department of Computer Science as well as a small prize. Being a winner will of course be a great recognition on your Web design skills.


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 Web standards and good usability/accessibility best practices.


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

  • Any major/department


  • Maximum 2 eligible members per team

  • Each person can only join one team

  • Each team may submit only one entry

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


  • Contest End Time: 14 Nov 2007 - 8pm

  • Search Keywords: "CityU Web Hacker" Turtle

  • Design Theme: turtle


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. Follow 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 Usability/Accessibility
    From the list of finalists, the SiteScore (excluding Visitor Rating score) or similar rankings will be computed. These score will be combined with other usability/accessibility guidelines to determine the quality of the overall design. The top resulting scores will be used to determine the winning entries.


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

Judging Panel

The contest judging panel will consist of CityU academic staff members. The decision of the judging panel is final. The judging panel may at their own discretion award less than or more than 10 award winners.

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.