This contest appears to have already started last year and I guess the registration date is also synonimous (spelling) with "end of first round" for some reason. Sorry 'bout that. Check out the following page for more information:
I saw this over at GameTutorials.com (which, by the way, no longer offers free tutorials ) but it looks really awesome and I'm sure some people would be really interested in doing it? Maybe we could all pull together a cboard team with all our areas of expertise!
Got till April 1st to register teams.
Guidelines, from the site:
Check 'er out, looks really interesting.Show the world what you can do! Use both your design and coding skills to create amazing scenes that render on the fly using DX9 and Visual studio.
Get Free Software! (Everyone who competes)
Chance to go to Japan! (Finalists get a free trip)
1st place gets $8,000 (Maybe thatís you)
Teams of up to 4 individuals
Theme: dissolving boundaries
Coolest real time rendering coded in DirectX9 and Visual Studio .NET
Up to 30 teams move on to second round
Winning team advances to awards ceremony in Japan
Round 1: Abstract and storyboard
Round 2: Real time rendering, project description and technical specification
Round 1: Abstract must be less than 500 words, in English. Storyboard must be less than 25 MB, in Microsoft PowerPoint or other standard image display format (jpeg, gif, etc)
Round 2: Submission package must be less than 150 MB, zipped. Documentation must be less than 5 pages in length, in English. Must use Visual Studio .NET and DirectX9
Round 1: Review of Abstract/storyboard
50% Story idea (through abstract and storyboard)
50% Expressiveness/Artistry (storyboard)
Round 2: Review of rendering
30% Story idea
30% Impact of visual effects
20% Technical difficulty
First Place $8,000
Second Place $4,000
Third Place $3,000
As for teams, I know 2 people who'd love to do it. One's my musician, the guy who makes all the music for my games, and another guy makes movies and is good at plot development and that stuff. I've got lots of programming experience and even if it's not directly DX-related, I could definitely help out quite a bit. I'm definitely looking at maybe Bubba or other DX Gurus here to join up?