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International science MILLENNIUM YOUTH CAMP 2010

The first-ever international Millennium Youth Camp (MY Camp) will be organized in Helsinki 6-13 June 2010. This is the week when the Winner of the 2010 Millennium Technology Prize will be announced.

MY Camp is targeted at young people (16-19 years) from all parts of the world whose interests lie in mathematics, the natural sciences, information technology and other technologies. There will be 30 participants, 10 from Finland, and all the educational activities, travel, accommodation and food will be provided free of charge. Participants will be selected on the basis of individual applications using a two-stage process. The application period began on 9 October and the first stage will end on 30 November 2009. The names of the successful applicants will be announced by 15 March 2010.

The multi-faceted MY Camp programme is based on three fundamental pillars - science, technology and nature - and includes lectures, workshops, visits to companies and universities and time for enjoyable social activities. The main themes are Environmental Science and Technology (climate change, renewable natural resources, renewable energy, water), Information and Communication Technology and digitalisation, and Applied Mathematics. One of the high points in the programme will be the opportunity for MY Camp participants to attend the Millennium Technology Prize Award Ceremony, during which the winning innovation will receive an award of one million euros. Application forms and the preliminary programme are available at:

Call for participation in Symbian Student Essay Contest 2009

This year, Symbian commenced sponsorship of an annual research essay competition for university students on Symbian-related and wider mobile technology topics. This year's focus: "The next wave of smartphone innovation - issues and opportunities with smartphone technologies". Essays submitted should address one or more of the questions listed here. Up to ten essays will each be awarded a top prize of £1000. A special commendation will be awarded to those essays deemed of a high quality but which are not among the winning entries.

Update: on behalf of Lawrence Simpson, Head of University Research Relations (Symbian) and Sergey Balandin, General Chair of FRUCT program we sincerely congratulate Kirill Alexandrov, one of the three prize winners and Alexandra Reyss, author of one of three entries commended with an Honourable Mention.

Fifth FRUCT seminar

We are glad to announce that the fifth FRUCT seminar will take place in Saint-Petersburg, Russia, on April 29-30, on the premises of Saint Petersburg State University of Aerospace Instrumentation.

Within the framework of the seminar a MAEMO hands-on training will be organized on April 27-28. The training will take the whole day on April 27 and half of the day on April 28, when it will be followed by a special FRUCT session with lectures and presentations about Maemo.

Invitation to Russoft forum -- St. Petersburg, June 10-11

ForumNokia and FRUCT are inviting you to attend the Russoft forum that will be held in St. Petersburg on June 10-11. For more information in English please refer to and the text of the invitation letter in Russian you can find here. Participation in the forum is free of charge, but you must be registered at Looking forward to see you in St. Petersburg!