Prizes for the creative competitions announced

We're proud to present the final list of creative competitions for The Gathering 2010, along with the prizes. We try to tweak the prize distribution every year to stimulate participation in the different competitions. Prizes total at over 180 000 NOK this year!

The headliner, as usual, is the traditional demo competition. In this competition, a group of contestants collaborate to combine graphics, music and advanced coding techniques to a display of audio-visual fireworks. The entries are handed in as executable files where graphical effects are synchronized to music in real time. The top five entries will be rewarded with prizes from NOK 1500 to 20000.

Freestyle Music is another popular competition, where musicians hand in self-composed tunes with wildly varying genres and production techniques. Based on the amount and quality of entries last year, we have decided to award the five best entries in this competition as well.

Last year saw the introduction of the Hardcore programming competition, where contestants must find the most effective algorithm to solve a problem presented to them by us. "We saw a high level of quality in last year's competition, and we believe even more people will enter the competition this year", says Anders Bondehagen, organizer of the Hardcore programming competition. To reflect this, the first prize has been bumped to NOK 7000.

After a few years' break, the intro competition is back on the list this year. An intro may appear to be a normal demo, but contestants must face the added challenge of a file size restriction for their entry. This year's contestants can choose whether to aim for a 4 or 64 kilobyte limit.

The entries will be shown in the same competition, but the audience will of course be told which size limit the entry adheres to. "This competition is a classic in the demo scene," says Creativia chief Anders Lassen, "We've seen some amazing stuff these last years, and we hope to see some really cool intros at TG this year". The winner of the intro competition will be able to bring home a prize of NOK 10000.

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