Chapter 1. Introduction

The "Science Fair in a Box" (SFIAB) project aims to provide regions hosting a science fair with a complete and comprehensive package that can be used to assist in the implementation and running of the fair. The SFIAB's goals are to provide a web based application to facilitate all areas of running a science fair such as online registration for the participants, sponsor management, judges and special award management.

The SFIAB is implemented using open-source tools wherever possible, creating a truly open and customizable product that regions can modify to suit their needs. However, the project will contain enough configuration options to allow regions to use the system without any modifications to the underlying codebase. PHP will be the preferred language of development, with MySQL as the backend database. Other database backends could be supported in the future. Some reports will be created in PDF format to ensure cross-platform compatibility where applicable.

All text on the site will be internationalized to allow the use of the site in any language. 'Language Packs' will be available in other language once translations are complete.