Most of us working on these challenges do it with no expectation of any rewards – unless you count creative pleasure, development and perfection of career skills, pride of craftsmanship, and earning the respect of peers in the industry a reward.
The Christmas Challenge (#13) introduced the idea of having specific prizes for the first time. It may be a co-incidence that the Christmas Challenge was one of the most successful challenges we’ve had so far. But maybe having prizes helps.
We have 2 winners so far:
[li]Uday Kadkade[/li][li]Dan Konieczka[/li][/ul]They will have a choice of 2 prizes: either the “Beer at SIGGRAPH” prize or the “Lunch at Pixar” prize will be theirs for the taking, at such time as they are present at the SIGGRAPH 2008 conference in Los Angeles or visiting Emeryville, CA. Substitute prizes, such as “Lunch at SIGGRAPH” or “Buy me a drink next time you are in my country” may be arranged if neither of these prizes can be claimed in person. Photographs will be taken of the receipt of these prizes and posted on cgtalk so that others can see the winners enjoying their prizes. Uday has earned 2 prizes, and he is welcomed to claim both of them at a time of his choosing – if anyone doubts that Uday earned two prizes, I encourage you to look through the thread at all of the terrific images he created.
PS - I started a new thread to announce this because I want to post updates on the prize issue (transparency is important to any process, people need to see things working here) but also because I thought there might be comments on the idea of prizes: do we want to find sponsors to donate prizes of more cash value? Or do we all understand that we aren’t going to get rich off this, and not need corporate tie-ins? Should we have some more official or democratic judging system instead of one guy (me) trying to judge all of the work?