One Green Apple is a cutting edge academic software provider. We created a revolutionary web-based solution that allows real-time communication between school and home.
Our product is called OPUS (Online Parent Understanding System).
This will be the branded logo on all our software which will be seen in hundreds of schools (both public and private) within the year. This is GREAT exposure for a designer if you are chosen as the winner.
The direction we're leading with the logo is that we imagined a conductor (think orchestra music, not trains) from the back, conducting a group of people. In our software, we use icons of people similar to the style of msn messenger... weebles? http://www.techshout.com/images/msn-icon.jpg
The president of our company things that a shiny, fresh person with a conductor's wand? directing a group of smaller people (children in a classroom).
The logo will be placed in the header of every page on our software, so we need it to be clear, scalable (SVG / Illustrator based), and POSSIBLY inside a shape like a circle, shield, etc... that part can be left to your creative imagination.
It needs to be clear, fresh, and promote innovative communication, and bring a sense of safe, caring environment for the children involved.
Thanks for your designs, and good luck to everyone!