Last Friday the PHPBenelux User Group held its second PHP Benelux Conference, January 28 to 29 2011.
Like the first year, Microsoft was a sponsor of the event. This year however we were not simply present to talk about PHP support on Windows and in the cloud: we actually worked together with the community to setup a new contest: PHP on Azure Contest.

>> http://phpazurecontest.com/

Michelangelo van Dam, Maarten Balliauw and myself introduced the contest during our evening keynote on January 28th. As Mike showed he has a sample application named Wingz that is deployed through command line to Linux, then Windows (IIS) and finally to Windows Azure.

What is the PHP on Azure contest?

The PHP on Azure Contest is a coding competition run by the PHP Benelux User Group supported by Microsoft. Windows Azure is Microsoft’s Cloud platform with tools and support for PHP.
Top prizes include a full trip to MIX 2012 in Las Vegas, free hosting and more. The contest runs from February 1st 2011 to May 15th 2011.
Read all the contest details on the official site.

Register before February 28th

You have until February 28th to register to participate in the contest. Go as far as you wish: build that fantastic app you always wanted, or go for something that can benefit all: migrate an existing PHP app to work on Windows Azure.

Free training on February 22nd by Maarten Balliauw

As a participant of the contest you are invited to attend the free half-day seminar the Maarten will be giving in Brussels. Register for the training on the Microsoft site.
This training is a great way to jumpstart your participation to the contest.

Good luck!