Eliana Hechter of eBourbaki just sent me an e-mail about the following:

e-Bourbaki, "a mathematical problem-solving firm whose mission is to solve the world's mathematical problems using contests to inspire innovation and creativity", sponsors a mathematical modeling contest every spring and the recently-announced 2008 contest pertains to

bicycles in London.

I encourage any and all mathematics students to participate in this!

Here is what Eliana wrote in her e-mail:

I am writing to inform you about an upcoming contest for students of

mathematics, computer science, and engineering in the United

Kingdom. The contest, which asks students to mathematically model a

low-cost bicycle rental service for the City of London, will

commence at 5pm on Monday, May 5, 2008 and end at 5pm on Monday, May

12, 2008. We hope that you will encourage the students with whom you

have contact to participate.

The first prize is ?1000 and winning projects may have the potential

to be implemented as London strives to become more sustainable and

efficient in its transportation infrastructure.

The contest is hosted by eBourbaki, a mathematical problem-solving

website I founded dedicated to increasing interest and involvement

in mathematics in the global community, and is sponsored by Winton

Capital. Further information can be found at our website,

www.ebourbaki.com. Participation in the contest requires contestants

to register with eBourbaki website and we encourage participants to

do so as soon as possible, to stay informed about contest details.

In the past others have used eBourbaki questions as part of their

teaching program, or as a 'final project' for applied modeling

classes. We are happy to work with professors if they choose to

consider this option.