Crap! I'm on the "backorder list" for the 2012 Sparkfun AVC!
That means several people have to officially drop out or I won't get to compete at all this year! I didn't see the announcement until a day after and apparently, by that time, all 50 slots had already been filled. I am in the top five on the waiting list, though, so there is still a glimmer of hope.
I don't know if I will get to compete but what is certain is that Data Bus development will continue and you'll read about it here.
Equally certain is that I will be hoping and praying that at least 5 other contestants fail miserably and give up... (is that wrong of me?)