Google Wordmasters Challenge Concludes
The previously mentioned google wordmasters challenge ended yesterday. Conducted across 9 cities (including Mumbai, Chennai, Delhi, Hydrabad) and seeing over 300 participants in every city, I would say it was a success.
Like I already noted, the good thing about the event was that, it didn’t restrict creativity with an age limit bar. The Chennai edition saw 60 year olds to 17 year olds battling it out for the awards. I was quite dissapointed to not find any school going kid there. But hey, the school kids get enough opportunities, for creative writing is a part of every culturals in Chennai.
At first I wasn’t sure about the competition. Not much publicity had been given, at least not in Chennai. Most of the publicizing was done thro’ blogs, this would have meant most participants would essentially be bloggers. But thank god, this was not the case. Only a handful of prominent bloggers turned up.
Many in the auditorium had no clue about the competition. Only during the 45 minutes presentation on Google, prior to the contest, did people get to know what it was going to be about. But I guess that was to make sure they don’t compromise on the creativity part of it.
The event format was simple: Two topics, each with 20 disparate words, were provided. One is supposed to logically connect these words to come up with a 200 words max. essay. Points would be awarded for: grammer, usage of the words properly, logic and creativity.
Topic One: Angry? Who me?
Wordlist: disagreement, insight, rethink, nerves, professional, adjust, viewpoint, democratic, motive, goodness, adamant, boss, meditation, accept, anger management, Eistein, differences, control, hurt, humane.
Topic Two: Innovations
Wordlist: absurd, imagine, horse sense, practical, impossible, analyze, direction, give up, thinking hat, observation, know, phenomena, create, experiment, weird, energy, inquisitive, luck, eureka, out of the box.
And yes, you are supposed to use these words directly, derivatives/tense of the word will not be allowed. Time limit: 45 minutes. So there you go. Try it out if you want to, its a good mental exercise.
One winner and two runners up will be chosen from the 2700+ participants, who will get undisclosed huge sum of money. Along with these three, the next seven best entrants will get a chance to visit the Google Hyde office. The trip will be sponsored by Google India.
Somewhere during the competitions, a Googler let out that, the winners might get an opportunity to work with Google Adwords. I don’t understand what is the connection. Google Adwords doesn’t milk your creative juice. It’s about managing a database. Why waste these talents on such a pathetic jobs?
Another thing which I appreciate about Google is that they gave away a goodies pack with google key chain, pen and notepad. Nothing big, but it definitely amused the participants 🙂
UPDATE: The results are gonna be out any moment today (30th Oct 2006). Everyone is excited. If any of you guys made it, please pitch in a word here so I can put up the results here for the benefit of others 🙂
UPDATE 2: Discussion on Google’s callousness is going on over here. Please do check in and share your thoughts too 🙂
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