I understand why, but I really wish that most contests did not include the line "Employees of Microsoft Corporation… are not eligible to enter." I just found a really neat contest. People submit ideas for an application that they want to create, the deal is that it has to use one of the Visual Studio Express versions, C#, VB.NET, Visual Web Developer, you get the idea. 12 Finalists will be selected from the entries to complete their projects and go head to head with each other. The grand prize winner walks away with $10,000!
I can think of quite a few web applications that could be done in VWD Express that could just kick butt, and pay for a nice little vacation some where, but alas, I'm not eligible, and that’s a good thing.
So go check it out and submit a killer idea!