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Symantec Announces Programming Competition

Symantec Encourages Technical Literacy and Innovation through Competition for University Students

CUPERTINO, Calif. - Feb 7, 2006 - Symantec Corp. (Nasdaq: SYMC) today announced its first university programming competition aimed at encouraging creativity and innovation in software engineering. Symantec's Programming Competition begins Feb. 22, 2006, and ends Feb. 28, 2006.

The competition is open to applicants who are enrolled in a university program in the United States or Canada, are residents of the United States or Canada (excluding the province of Quebec), and have reached the age of majority in their state or province of residence.  Competitors have one week to program an artificial life-form that must survive and thrive in a virtual world.  The software model upon which the competition is based will work on a variety of platforms, enabling students to compete regardless of their computer type. Entrants do not need to have knowledge of a specific programming language to participate in the competition.  Students will develop their programs in a simple, specially designed programming language, offering entrants with even introductory programming knowledge the opportunity to participate.

"Symantec believes that cultivating the next-generation of technologists is a vital long-term investment that will help ensure that consumers and businesses have the tools and solutions needed to thrive in our incredibly dynamic, information-driven society today and in the future," said Mark Bregman, Symantec chief technology officer. "Hosting a programming competition for university students is part of Symantec"s ongoing efforts to foster student interest in software engineering to meet the growing demand for high-tech talent."

The competition coincides with National Engineers Week 2006. To build interest and excitement around the competition and about software engineering, Symantec is partnering with the National Engineers Week Foundation, a formal coalition of more than 70 engineering, education, and cultural societies and more than 50 corporations and government agencies dedicated to raising public awareness of engineers’ positive contributions to our quality of life.  An annual event, National Engineers Week includes a series of programs that promote recognition among parents, teachers, and students of the importance of a technical education and a high level of math, science, and technology literacy and that motivate young people to pursue engineering careers.

"The demand for software engineers is real," said Leslie Collins, executive director of the National Engineers Week Foundation. "In our society, computers permeate our daily lives, playing a key role in how we learn, work, communicate, and play. The National Engineers Week Foundation is grateful for Symantec's actions to promote student innovation and creativity in such a critical area."

All eligible entrants will have their submission judged in an identical, automated fashion to ensure that each entrant is on equal footing.  No human or subjective judging will take place and the top three entrants will win cash prizes. Symantec employees and contractors and their relatives are ineligible. 

The entrant who builds the most efficient and robust virtual organism will win the competition. The first place will receive US$10,000 cash; the second place will receive US$5,000 cash; and the third place will receive US$3,000 cash. All three entrants will win a trip to Symantec's Mountain View, Calif., office to meet with Mark Bregman, Symantec chief technology officer, and Carey Nachenberg, Symantec fellow and chief architect with Symantec Research Labs.

For information, eligibility requirements, and the official rules regarding Symantec’s Programming Competition, please visit http://www.symantec.com/specprog/university.  Applicants must submit their entry via email; competition materials, judging criteria, and complete submission instructions will be available at http://www.symantec.com/specprog/university beginning on Feb. 22, 2006, at 12:01 p.m. Pacific Standard Time. All entries must be received by 11:59:59 p.m. Pacific Standard Time on Feb. 28, 2006.  Only one submission per individual entrant is permitted and team entries will not be accepted.

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