Singapore’s Agency for Science, Technology and Research has launched an eight-month contest to lure software engineers and researchers to develop the next generation of search engines, offering them a cash prize of $100,000.
The aim is build a search engine that works across multiple media platforms, that not only searches for text in websites but also for terms within music and video files.
The top five teams will be flown to Singapore for the finals at Fusionopolis, a science and technology research centre set to open in October.
An international advisory panel will oversee the competition. Applicants have a registration deadline of February 29.
It seems like everyone is on Google’s tail, trying to come up with the next big search engine that will take over the world. I wonder who gets there first and what factor will tip the scale to their side.