The (small) company i work for is going to hold a contest targeted mainly at IT students at the nearby university. Since our company mostly makes webapps in Java, we want the contest to be in that direction too. Now we have to come up with a nice challenge for these IT students. This is pretty hard. Would anybody have any ideas for such a contest? I could say in what direction i'm thinking but i don't want to push you in a specific direction here so i won't. It should be possible to make it in a couple of days.
I forgot to mention: the resulting code will be made availble to the world. [ June 27, 2006: Message edited by: Jaap Vermeer ]
Usual contest requires automatic checking system which runs tests on sumbitted solutions during the contest and reports results to players. If you don't know training of participants, select problems of varying difficulty. Search 'programming contest', problem sets are everywhere. Can't help with ready solution, but there should be some sites where you can configure your own competition which is to be checked on that site.