If you live in the San Francisco Bay Area, here's an opportunity to dive into the Windows Azure platform and start building cloud applications.  Join other Bay area .NET developers for this exciting, FREE Hackathon: Cloud Development with Windows Azure, which will take place at Microsoft's San Francisco offices on Saturday, December 18, 2010 from 9:00AM-2:00 PM PST.

Following a short walkthrough of the Windows Azure platform, you'll have the opportunity to code and collaborate with other cloud developers.  In addition to getting the chance to share ideas, code and techniques and learn from experts, all attendees will also receive a FREE Windows Azure Platform 30-day pass.  And if that's not enough, a the end of the day, participants will vote for the top two apps developed during the hackathon, with the winners receiving copies of Microsoft Visual Studio 2010 Ultimate with MSDN Subscription (valued at approx. $11,000.) 

The only pre-requisites for this event are that you have knowledge of basic ASP.NET development and that you bring your own computer. You will also need to install the Windows Azure SDK using Visual Studio; you can download it in advance here or download at the event using pre-loaded USBs that will be available onsite. 

Space is limited so click here to learn more about this event and register.