Related link: http://www.google.com/programming-contest/
I’ve always hated the term “first annual” — it implies that this thing we are trying for the first time will be repeated each year. Never-the-less, take a look at Google’s “first annual” programming contest. Forget about the potential prize if you win; you get an opportunity to play with up to 900,000 pre-parsed web pages along with a ripper provided by Google. Have an idea for an application that would do something interesting with all that data? You might want to enter. The deadline is April 30th — the link leads you to more info.
Code can be written in Java, Python, or C++. I’m thinking the winner will probably be a Java developer working on a TiBook. Those people tend to “Think Different”ly in cool ways.