IBM announced on Monday the winner of its "Cool Blue VoiceXML Challenge." VoiceXML is a new Extensible Markup Language standard for using voice to browse online information. Brent Metz, a 21-year-old originally from Fairfax, Va., and a student at Virginia Tech University, won the $25,000 grand prize for his creation of a nutrition planning application that helps people plan their diets by phone.
Wei Wang, who won first prize, is a post-graduate student at Leeds Metropolitan University. He created an astrology application using original sounds and voice prompts. People answer voice prompts to hear about their Chinese, Eastern or Western sign and to receive advice on their Zodiac sign. Wang won a trip for two to a final championship sports game.