Now that we've released the Windows SideShow Managed API SDK and Windows SideShow for Windows Mobile Developer Preview, we figured we'd give you some incentive to stick the two together: a gadget contest!  Yes, you heard us right: free stuff for building the best gadget for Windows SideShow.  We've teamed up with NVIDIA to provide some great prizes, including a trip to San Jose, CA in August for NVISION 2008 for all finalists (including transportation to CA, hotel accomodations, and a per diem), and a grand prize Dell XPS 420 SideShow-enabled desktop.

For more details on the contest, including the complete rules and entry form, head on over to www.nzone.com/gadgetcontest.  

If you're new to SideShow gadget programming, there's a good book on the subject to help you get started: Professional Windows Vista Gadgets Programming by Wei-Meng Lee (ISBN: 978-0-470-17661-0).  Or if you're more of the do-it-yourself type, just download our SDK, create a new gadget using our template, and forge your own path.  There are even a few articles by Jeffrey Richter and Dr. Neil Roodyn to help you get your bearings.  When you need some guidance, just head on over to our MSDN forum and we'll help you out.

Let your creative juices flow and show us what you can do!  Remember, the contest ends July 18, 2008, so don't delay.

- Dan