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Are you up to a LabVIEW code challenge? Want to increase your LabVIEW Coding Foot Print? Join us in the LabVIEW Coding Challenge 2011, and enter to win a Sony Cyber-shot DCS-HX9V digital camera!


There are two separate challenges for this year’s competition:

Problem Solving

For this challenge a specific coding problem will be presented and each contestant will submit a VI that solves the challenge in the manner described in the problem statement.  The submissions will be judged based on whether the answer was correct as well as execution time of the VI. The winning entry will solve the problem correctly with the shortest execution time.

User Interface

For this challenge you will be presented with a block diagram and a Front Panel with a few basic controls on it.  The challenge will be to enhance the Front Panel to make it both functional and descriptive as a User Interface.  The goal is to be creative, but also keep in mind usability in your design.  The winning entry will be chosen based on the number of “likes” (not “downloads”) it receives.

Dates & Deadlines:

Dec 1st 9:00am CT: Challenge descriptions become available
Dec 19th 9:00am CT: Submissions Accepted & voting for User Interface Challenge begins
January 11th 11:59pm CT: Deadline for submissions
January 13th 5:00pm CT: Voting ends & winners announced

To learn more about the LabVIEW Coding Challenge 2011, visit Begin submitting code today!

At the fourth annual Graphical System Design Achievement (GSDA) Awards event, held during the NIWeek 2011 conference and exhibition, National Instruments honored 17 innovative applications developed by engineers, scientists and researchers from around the world and across a variety of industries. More than 300 authors from 20 countries submitted entries to the GSDA Awards, making this year’s pool of applicants the largest and most competitive in the awards’ history.


Innovators from eight application categories, ranging from robotics and academic research to advanced control systems and embedded monitoring, were recognized for using NI technology and a graphical system design approach to develop solutions to critical engineering and science challenges. Following are just a few examples of the awards presented:


  • The 2011 Application of the Year Award was presented to Christian Sames of the Max Planck Institute of Quantum Optics for developing a custom time digitizer to study fundamental quantum properties of light-matter interaction.


  • The Green Engineering award went to Vestas Wind Systems and CIM Industrial Systems A/S for designing and testing the durability of a wind turbine drivetrain.


  • The Humanitarian Award was presented to Kitasato University received  for developing the world’s first real-time 3-D medical imaging system.


To see the full list of award recipients and learn the details of their applications, visit

The LabVIEW Add-On of the Year awards are presented to developers who have created exceptional LabVIEW add-ons or apps in the areas of Test, Industrial and Embedded, Community, VI Library, Platform Extension, and Innovation. The 2011 winners are…




FlexSTAND Operator Interface from CIM Industrial Systems  



Industrial and Embedded 

vibDaq from Cal-Bay Systems   




G# Framework and StarUML Plug-in from AddQ Consulting



VI Library              

EasyXML from JKI



Platform Extension       

SystemVision conneXion from Mentor Graphics




mySQLView from SAPHIR




Congratulations to all the winners!



Download these and other innovative add-ons by visiting the LabVIEW Tools Network.