new CloudApp() is a US-based developer challenge (www.newcloudapp.com) to promote the new opportunities and innovative ideas developers are creating with cloud computing on the Azure Services Platform.

Write an application running on Windows Azure and the Azure Services Platform.  .NET and PHP category applications will be judged by industry leaders, Om Malik and Michael Cote.  Entries will be evaluated based on user experience and user interface, innovation and creativity of the application, applicability to cloud computing, and real-world applicability of the application.  The overall Community winner will be decided by public voting.

 

For more information, visit www.newcloudapp.com, and Steven Martin’s blog at: http://blogs.msdn.com/stevemar/.  You can also find out more real-time on Twitter by searching for the “#newCloudApp” hashtag.

 

Note: Microsoft employees are not eligible to participate in this contest, so I can’t compete against you. Sucks for me… haha..

Contest Dates

  • Monday, May 4: Contest Open
  • Thursday, June 18:  Submission deadline
  • Friday, June 19:  Community voting starts
  • Thursday, June 25: .NET & PHP category winners announced at Structure 09 
  • Monday, June 29:  Community voting ends
  • Tuesday, June 30:  Community winner announced

What do Contestants Win?

Winning submissions will:   

  • Be featured on www.azure.com as well as at major Microsoft events
  • Be featured in a video interview on Channel 9 with the application author
  • Winners will be announced at Structure 09
  • Receive cash ($):
    • NET Applications Category winner: $5,000 Visa gift card
    • PHP Applications Category winner: $5,000 Visa gift card
    • Community winner: $2,500 Visa gift card 

Contestants can choose to submit one entry into either the .NET or the PHP applications category.  Azure applications that have already been built can be submitted for the contest.  Valid submissions are limited to residents 18 years and older of the 50 United States and District of Columbia