Panda Security is launching the Panda Challenge. Last year’s edition of the competition saw more than 4 000 entrants putting their computer skills to the test.
This year, the Panda Challenge asks participants to find the solution to two practical problems published in the PandaLabs Blog. In the first phase, users will have to download the game and then make a keyfile in order to play it; while the second phase involves finding a valid license for a program.
“We launched this challenge for the first time last year, unaware of the fantastic response we would get” says Jeremy Matthews, head of Panda’s sub-Saharan operations. “We were pleasantly surprised to see such a high number of participants with such technical expertise. The challenges were not easy but lots of users managed to find the solution.”
The first challenge will be published on Saturday, 17 July at 09:00, and solutions must be received by Monday, 19 July at 17:00). The second challenge will be published the following weekend, on Saturday, 24 July at the same time, and solutions must be received by Monday, 26 July.
The winner will be the first contestant to send the correct solution to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Anyone, from any country, can take part, with no need to register or comply with any requirements. All participants can follow the contest and interact with each other on Twitter, using the hashtag #PC2010.
“This year we have taken into account the suggestions of contestants to better adapt the challenge to everyone’s needs: we’re running it at the weekend, with a timetable that allows people from all over the world to take part. We hope users enjoy it as much as last year," says Matthews.