As mentioned on the boards, Havok and Intel are sponsoring a game physics competition to see what you can do with their tech in a game demo.

There are two categories and two deadlines; one in November and one in January 08.

In category one, one of the prizes has been ring fenced for an Irish entry — so get coding!!

‘The fourth prize is dedicated to a participant from the Republic of Ireland or Northern Ireland. Havok just celebrated the 10th anniversary of Havok’s founding in Dublin, Ireland. For that reason we want to encourage entries from current Irish university students with a special prize of US$5,000. Entrants must be currently attending a third level institution within the island of Ireland, and must register using an email address with their school’s domain to qualify.’

See below for further details.


HavokTM and the Intel(R) Software Network welcome you to the pinnacle of game physics competition. What can you do with the Intel-sponsored versions of Havok Physics and Animation for the PC? We’ve put the world’s best simulation tools in the hands of developers and we’re looking for its most innovative use in a game. Your game demo could earn you cash, a gaming PC and great exposure. $40,000 in cash and prizes are up for grabs!

Give it your Best Shot in two categories:

Category 1: Most Innovative Use of Physics in a Game. Your entry must be a playable PC game demo that includes new or unique uses of Havok technology. We’re looking for new ways for the player to interact with the game through physics, showing different uses of physics than what can be found in PC games today. This can be a FPS, sports game, casual game, or any other type of game.

Category 2: Best Physics Knowledge Base Entry. We’re looking for the best contributions that can benefit the game developer community. This can be a code sample, optimization tip, technical whitepaper, a technical abstract of your demo, or any other technical content that shares your knowledge of game physics with the community.

The PC version of Havoks physics and animation software products is available for download at no charge. See

Submit your demo / application concepts by November 15, 2008 to be eligible for the finalist round of competition.

Submit your entries to the Best Physics Knowledge Base category by January 16, 2009 to be eligible for the top prizes in this category.

Check out our Official Rules for more details about this contest at