Microsoft asks public to vote on design ideas for charities

Microsoft is asking the public to vote for the winner of its annual DesignIT competition in aid of the charitable sector.

Microsoft is asking the public to vote for the winner of its annual DesignIT competition in aid of the charitable sector.

The competition is a nationwide challenge for IT professionals to submit designs for new IT systems to address a need in a UK charity of their choice.

Over the past four months, Microsoft has been inviting IT professionals to enter designs that demonstrate creativity and innovation, as well as tackling real issues faced by charities large and small.

For the competition, Microsoft DesignIT has teamed up with four leading UK charities. These are NSPCC, Global Action Plan, Leonard Cheshire Disability and Fauna and Flora International.

Until 11 April, the public will be able to vote for their favourite design, out of a shortlist of five entries.

The winner will see their system design implemented for the charity of their choice to the sum of £15,000. The five finalists, picked by a panel of expert judges from this year's entries, have all devised innovative systems which address serious concerns.

The winner will be announced at the Microsoft DesignIT exhibition on 12 June 2008.




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