The Technology Association of Georgia (TAG) and the Southeastern Software Association are kicking off the seventh annual Web Challenge competition.

The Web Challenge 2004 competition officially began at the Students Kickoff Event on Jan. 17 at the SciTrek museum in Atlanta. It is an educational contest designed to get Georgia high school students excited about and exposed to varying aspects of the Internet.

Nearly 300 students from over 50 Georgia high schools will compete in the design and building of a website for a Georgia non-profit organization. Teams of students, under the guidance of a faculty advisor, learn and apply web design principles in competition with other student teams from around the state.

The sites will be live for judging in April and available for viewing at SciTek on April 21, when awards will be presented for Best Overall Site, Best Creative Use of Theme, Best Graphic Design, Best Site Navigation, Best Use of Copy and Best Marketing on Site.

“Through Web Challenge, students get an opportunity to interact with the local business community while learning to apply technology to web development,” said Richard Berlin, chairman of Web Challenge 2004. “We hope that this competition will provide a real world experience that helps these students in years to come while providing an outstanding way for the Georgia technology companies and other businesses to give back to the community by helping to elevate technology as a prominent focus in our schools.”

TAG: www.tagonline.org

Web Challenge: www.webchallenge.org