IT Firm Offers to Send IT Worker Into Space
A software developer is giving IT professionals an out-of-this-world opportunity.
Software developer Red Gate is holding a contest that will give one database administrator a trip on a Space Adventures flight into suborbital space.
The contest, which runs through Nov. 22, is open to anyone involved with IT databases in the United States, United Kingdom, Australia, Canada or Germany.
Fifteen finalists for the space flight will be selected, based on their answers to 14 video-based sci-fi questions and their thoughts on what they’d tweet from space.
A winner will be chosen through a combination of public vote and input from a panel of judges.
"We created this competition to celebrate the underappreciated work that database administrators do and to reward one lucky person with a trip into space," Neil Davidson, joint-CEO of Red Gate, said.
For legal reasons, the contest's winner can choose between the flight and its cash equivalent of $102,000, which a new survey suggests would be the preferred option.
Given the choice, a survey from Red Gate shows 60 percent of IT professionals would take the cash.
"It looks like the recession is really biting, as six out of 10 would rather take the substantial cash equivalent instead of the journey of a lifetime," Davidson said.
Database administrators can enter the contest by visiting the DBA in Space website.