UIST (the ACM Symposium on User Inerface Software and Technology) is holding a Student Innovation Contest available for students ranging from high school to Ph. D.:

The goal of the contest is to innovate new interactions on state-of-the-art hardware. We give you the hardware, and you show us what you can do. Contestants will demo their creations during the demo reception at the conference on October 10th, and the winners will be announced the same day. A jury of UIST-celebrities and the organizers will select two winners in each of the “most creative” and “most useful” categories, and conference attendees will vote for their two favorite teams in the “people’s choice” category.

This year’s contest focuses on creating cool fountains using what called the “PumpSpark Fountain Development Kit” which all participating teams will be given to help realize their projects. The 1st and 2nd place winners in each of three 3 categories will also get a Microsoft Surface tablet.