By Johann Zimmern - Worldwide Education Manager


October 29, 2008

Calling all technical and creative students and teachers!
The World Organization of Webmasters (WOW) in collaboration with the Adobe Systems Inc. is announcing the second annual Web Professional Challenge to benefit an internationally recognized charity providing humanitarian aide with a website design and or application.
Why is WOW conducting this Web Pro challenge?
The Web Pro Community Challenge is an opportunity for the international Web professional community including students and teachers to:
– Allows practitioners to showcase their skills and earn industry recognition
– Allows the aspiring and those that teach them to showcase their skills, earn industry recognition and learn best practices within the Web profession from the pro’s
– An opportunity to win prizes
– Contributes something back to the global community by designing and developing a website for designated non-profit organizations .Supports Web professional education, team building and professionalism .Promote the tools and resources available to our trade
The Web Pro Challenge will be announced at Adobe Max San Francisco and will run through March 19, 2009. Participants will can use a wide range of technologies, including those from Adobe, such as Adobe Flex, Adobe Flash and Adobe AIR to build enhanced web capabilities for both of these deserving organizations.
The Web Pro Community Challenge is designed to test and teach the artistic, creative, technical and business knowledge and skills of aspiring and practicing Web professionals while utilizing some of the best tools available, all in a peer environment and for a great educational cause,” said Bill Cullifer, WOW’s Executive Director and Challenge organizer.
Eligibility and Cost:
It’s FREE to participate and anyone around the world is eligible to participate as judges, team leads, mentors and or participates in the contest.
Participants can compete in the following categories:
– High School
– Community College or University
– Industry Professionals
“Adobe is excited to work with WOW to provide a way for the passionate community of web professionals to showcase their skills while helping non-profit organizations,” said Sumi Lim Developer Relations Manager, EMEA (Europe, Middle East & Africa) at Adobe.
Web professional community including students and teachers are invited to get involved and to participate!

To participate follow these steps:

Step 1: Review the Web Pro Challenge material and the Official Rules and Terms of Conditions on the challenge website.
Step 2: Assemble a team (minimum of two) with the appropriate level of Web design and development skills and together review the challenge details and discuss your roles, responsibilities and participation strategies.
Step 3: Establish a name for your team and designate the roles and responsibilities of each team member(s).
Step 4: Identify and recruit a Team Lead (teacher and or industry mentor) and ask the Team Lead or Mentor to review and agree to the Official Rules and Terms of Conditions on the Web Pro Challenge website at:
Step 5: Submit your team name, member names, and team lead and complete the contact information on the sign up form.
Step 6: Within 48 hours the Web Pro Community Challenge committee will verify that your entry has been received and that your entry has been accepted.
Step 7: The Web Pro Community Challenge committee will release the contest specification and “work order” outlining the work requested by the charity (colors, fonts and wish list) within days of the Web Pro Community Challenge announcement at Adobe Max taking place in San Francisco, CA the week of November 17, 2008.