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Got XNA? Win $20k in DreamBuildPlay!

Shamelessly reblogging from Joe Healy over at DevFish:


Here’s the short version. Over 14? Write a cool Windows Phone Game and submit it to the Dream.Build.Play site. You could win up to $20,000. Yep, that’s it. In a nutshell. So on to the long-winded stuff.

Windows Phone the prizes are $20k, $10k, $5k, and $2500 respectively. The top 20 finalists will also get Phones. Want some inspiration, check out last year’s XBOX winners at https://www.dreambuildplay.com/main/winners.aspx . Obviously the competition is going to be tough. Make something good. And if you publish it, let me know. I’m always looking to brag about our phone devs!

Registration until May 15, Submission until June 12
Judging on fun/innovative/quality
Must be greater than 14 years old
All submissions are in English
You cannot submit if you live in Cuba, Iran, North Korean, Sudan or Syria
Official Rules – https://www.dreambuildplay.com/main/officialrules.aspx

Aspirations in Computing Video Challenge


Here’s another contest that you can vote for! Check out the videos that have been made for the NCWIT Aspirations in Computing Video Challenge. You can vote every day from now until April 16th. There will be winners in individual and group categories who will receive prizes.

Don’t know who to vote for? Watch The Virtual Reality Room by Allison, a local student.

Since we’re on the topic of voting, don’t forget to vote for your favorite team for the Imagine Cup People’s Choice Award!

Student Windows Phone Apps Need Votes!

This year we’ve been hard at work engaging with student developers all over the world. Our goal is to inspire the next generation of developers to create unique experiences for Windows Phone.

A little bit ago I blogged about a promotion called Big App on Campus targeting US student developers:

  • The idea: students create great apps
  • The reward: the developers of the top 10 apps all get flown to SXSW in Austin for a once-in-a-lifetime experience: passes to the music festival, a special concert with The Gracious Few and Candlebox, a VIP dinner with the bands, and an interview on national radio about their apps and experience
  • The big payoff: the top overall paid and free app will each win $15k!

The past week was spent judging all the submitted apps and the top 20 semi-finalists (10 paid apps, 10 free apps) have been chosen. Now it’s up to public voting to determine who will get to go to SXSW and who will return home $15k richer with the title “Big App on Campus”.

Please take 10 minutes to check out the student apps on the dedicated Facebook page. Download any apps that catch your eye and/or “Like” them on Facebook. We will be using the downloads and “Likes” to determine the finalists and overall winners.


Forward to your friends and have them vote too! Thanks @BenLower for spearheading the voting initiative

Kinect School Sweepstakes

Kinect School Sweepstakes(Jan 23 – May 14)

Energize your classroom and get students moving! Enter for your chance to win a Kinect™ for Xbox 360© prize package for your school!


If you work for a US educational institution, you and all your co-workers are eligible to enter! You can enter once per prize period. See the sweepstakes site for details and official rules.



Four Grand Prizes!



A Prize Package consisting of the following items:

One (1) Xbox 360 Kinect 250GB Bundle. Approximate Retail Value (ARV) $399.00.

Two (2) Kinect Video Games. Approximate Retail Value (ARV) $99.98.

Games will be selected from the following titles: Dance Central, Body & Brain, or Sesame Street.

Sweepstakes entry runs January 23, 2012 through May 14, 2012. The Entry Period will consist of four separate prize periods. One (1) entry per person, per prize period.

Prize Period Entry Period Drawing Date
1 January 23 to February 14 February 15, noon Pacific Time
2 February 15 to March 14 March 15, noon Pacific Time
3 March 15 to April 14 April 15, noon Pacific Time
4 April 15 to May 14 May 15, noon Pacific Time

Download Official Rules (251KB PDF)
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Big App On Campus!

We see new, amazing experiences created every day by student developers and we wanted to come up with a way to return the favor: we are partnering with the band The Gracious Few (featuring members of the bands LIVE and Candlebox) to create an amazing experience for ten (10) US college students (and their guest) in Austin, TX at SXSW: attend a private concert, receive backstage passes, go to a private dinner with the band, and be interviewed on national radio about their apps.

We’re topping all this off with two $15,000 cash awards (one for the top free app and another for the top paid app) for the two apps that will be named “Big App on Campus.”

Big App on Campus (BAOC) is open to US College and University students who build apps for Windows Phone. Each app created from August 1st, 2011 until February 14th, 2012 can be entered and students can submit multiple entries.

Overview of Prizes

  • clip_image003Top free app + top paid app get $15,000 each!!
  • 10 students (and their guests) will join us in Austin, TX for SXSW Music festival in March 2012
  • Transportation, hotel, $500 spending money
  • Private concert with The Gracious Few
  • Backstage passes and private dinner with the band


Timeline & Judging Criteria

There are a few dates of note:

  • February 14, 2012 -> deadline for all entries to be submitted
  • February 15, 2012 -> Round 1: Judging
  • February 23, 2012 -> Round 2: Public voting
  • March 1, 2012 -> Round 3: Public voting to select Big App on Campus
  • March 13-18, 2012 -> SXSW Music festival in Austin, TX

Every app submitted will be judged on three criteria:

  • Innovation (40%): How innovative is the app? Does it do something new or does it accomplish something in a new way?
  • Experience (40%): Does it feel seamless and like a native experience on Windows Phone? Does the app have a polished feel?
  • Potential (20%): Does the app have potential in the market (lots of users, making money, both) or not?

Public voting will include a combo of number of downloads of the app + “Likes” on Facebook. Semi-finalists will definitely want to think about how they can get their friends, family, fellow-students, and even complete strangers to download and “Like” their apps.

How to Enter

Obviously entering requires building & publishing an app. Each student must also complete the Official entry form (takes 49.7 seconds on average). Here’s what to do:

  1. Register for DreamSpark at http://www.dreamspark.com and for an App Hub membership (both are free of charge for students) at https://users.create.msdn.com/Register/. Also check out our great Getting Started Guide for more info and resources. https://www.dreamspark.com/Products/Product.aspx?ProductId=28
  2. Create & publish a Windows Phone application to the Windows Phone Marketplace. Make the apps free, charge money, put ads in them…it’s up to you.
  3. Visit http://wpdev.ms/BAOCApplication and complete an Official entry form. Do this after you’ve published your apps because you’ll need the App ID.

The full details are in the Official Rules so make sure you check them out.

Eligibility & Rules

One More Week To Enter Rock Paper Azure Sweepstakes!


Does your bot have what it takes to win? There is one more week to try and find out, now through December 16th, 2011. Visit the Rock Paper Azure Challenge site to learn more about the contest and get started.

Remember, there are two ways to win:


To enter the sweepstakes all you have to do is enter a bot, any bot – even the pre-coded ones we provide – into the game between now and 6 p.m. ET on Dec. 16th. No ninja coding skills need – heck, you don’t even need Visual Studio or a Windows machine to participate!


At 6 pm ET on Friday, December 16, 2011 the “Fall Sweepstakes” round will be closed and no new entries will be accepted. Shortly thereafter, four bots will be drawn at random for the Grand Prize (trip to Cancun, Mexico), First Prize (Acer Aspire S3 laptop), Second Prize (Windows Phone), and Third Prize (XBox w/Kinect bundle).



BestBuyGiftCardIcon3For the type-A folks, we’re keen on making this a competitive effort as well, so each week – beginning Nov. 25th and ending Dec. 16th – the top FIVE bots on the leaderboard will win a $50 Best Buy Gift card. If your bot is good enough to be in the top five on successive weeks, you’ll take home a gift card each of those weeks too. Of course, since you’ve entered a bot, you’re automatically in the sweepstakes as well!

Note: As with past iterations of the challenge, even though you can iterate and upload updated bots for the competition, you will only be entered into the sweepstakes one time.

You know what they say… you gotta be in it to win it! Good luck to all players in week #4!

Just a reminder to folks in the contest, be sure to catch Scott Guthrie, Dave Campbell, and Mark Russinovich live online Tuesday, 12/13/2011, for the Learn Windows Azure event!