Ball Watch USA and Microsoft are teaming up to give you a reason to try the new Expression Studio 4 to build one of the Ball watches in Silverlight 4 like this. You can win one of the watches! Ball Watch Company has a line of beautiful railroad-inspired watches aimed at the adventurers that many of us aspire to be – their motto is “Since 1891, accuracy under adverse conditions.”
I originally created the Trainmaster Cannonball Watch in Silverlight 1 in about 8 hours, converted it to Silverlight 2 when it was released, then I recently updated it to a skinnable control for Silverlight 4 and Windows Phone 7 and uploaded it to the Expression Gallery. You can use that as a starting point, as I’ve included the entire source code and a control library that you can use without any programming. I’ve also creates a series of short screencast tutorials on Channel 9 to help you create your entry. The contest starts today and runs until August 5, 2010.
Recreate one of the Ball watches in Silverlight 4 using the new Expression Studio 4 – entirely in vector graphics – no images or video. The entries will be judged on visual accuracy, functional accuracy, and the innovative usage of Silverlight features.
Go to Contest Page
Contest open only to professionals or hobbyists in the field of software/web development or interactive design who are residents of the 50 US states (includes District of Columbia), age 18 and older. Game ends August 5, 2010. Read the Official Rules and get started today.
7/8/2010: If you're in San Francisco tonight, come to the San Francisco Silverlight User Group meeting downtown where I'll be talking about the contest.