Channel 4 will launch the UK's first viral email competition, called 'Germ', on October 17.

The deadline for entries is December 5. The competition aims to celebrate the best in British digital creativity, and is a joint collaboration between Channel 4 IDEASFACTORY, viral site Bore Me, digital agency DS.Emotion and viral promoter Hot Cherry.

Public and agencies are invited to create a viral email and submit it to the competition. Agencies are also invited to enter. Prizes will be given to the best received.

More information is on the competition website.

Macworld Conference 2005

October 27-28, 2005. At MacExpo, Olympia National Hall, London

Macworld has gathered the world's best Mac experts for this year's Conference, which focuses on two areas: Mac OS X and profesional design.

Mac OS X: David Pogue (author of many best-selling Mac books, and the technology correspondent for the New York Times) leads the Mac OS X stream, alongside Macworld's hilarious back-page columnist Andy Ihnatko.

Design Pro: Deke McClelland (author of The Photoshop Bible, and inductee of the Photoshop Hall of Fame) runs a masterclass on Adobe Photoshop and other Creative Suite applications, with digital-artist Steve Caplin and photographer Martin Evening. Quark Product Architect Dan Logan flies in from the US to show the world's first full demonstration of the ground-breaking QuarkXPress 7.0.

Discover the hidden tips and tricks utilised by the Mac's top practitioners to dramatically enhance your skills and gain the insights you need to get the most from your technology investment.

Click here for more details.