Ball Engineer Hydrocarbon TMTBall 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.

The Contest Challenge

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.

The Prizes

  • Grand Prize (shown above): Engineer Hydrocarbon TMT Watch (retail value $3,399)
  • First Prize: Fireman II Watch (retail value $999)
  • Honorable Mention: 20 Ball Watch Logo merchandise packages (retail value $119)
  • All Entrants: All valid entrants will receive a coupon for 20% off Ball watches at authorized US retailers.

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.