The SCTE IP Challenge, a competition designed to test knowledge and to heighten understanding of Internet Protocol (IP) technologies, will make its second appearance at this year’s SCTE Cable-Tec Expo later this year in Orlando.

Sponsored by Cisco Systems, the event begins this weekend with online practice, followed by qualifying rounds open to all interested participants. Live final rounds at the October event will determine the winner. The eight SCTE members who finish highest in the qualifying rounds will be eligible for the finals, where they will compete against each other and against the defending 2011 SCTE IP Challenge winner: Steven Callahan, senior network engineer at Time Warner Cable.

Here’s the plan: Practice rounds will be held May 19-25; qualifying rounds will begin June 3 and will continue through June 23. The finals of the SCTE IP Challenge will combine a fast-paced, “Jeopardy”-style question format, router and CMTS configuration and hands-on activities — all in front of a live audience from 5:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 16 (for more information and to register, click here).

The eight 2012 finalists will receive complimentary registrations to SCTE Cable-Tec Expo. The IP Challenge winner will receive one full-conference pass to Cisco Live and one full-conference pass to SCTE Cable-Tec Expo 2013, at which time he or she will defend the IP Challenge title. 

In addition, all participants in the qualifying rounds will be entered into a raffle for a chance to win one of five CCENT Part 1 Training Packages (includes CCNA1 Cisco Academy e-course, practice exams and textbook) and two boxed sets of Cisco Library Books.

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