This morning in my email there was missive from Betsy Aoki – Founder of the Seattle LinuxChix chapter. Sounds like a great contest!
I figured I’d reach out to the Seattle Linuxchix group because I’ve designed a contest for Live Search that is platform-agnostic, and might be fun for folks you know who are students, coders out of work, or just want to win $10,000 and have their Web application highlighted at the Gnomedex conference this August in Seattle.
The goal of the contest is to build the best Web app that helps other people cope with the economy, or helps them protect the environment. (Hence the “Will code for Green” name of the contest). Check out he blog post that explains it.
The technical requirements are that they use the Live Search API (which if you think about it, essentially returns the whole internet/video/images/phone book data, etc to play with) and it’s a Web app. That means, it can be a Web mashup customized for the iphone that helps them find jobs in their area. It can be Linux/Apache/ Perl serving Web site that helps people locate organic farmer’s markets.
I know it’s unusual that Microsoft be broadminded about such things but, in an API contest, we can be. And I’d love to see what your comunity could cook up. I would be stoked seeing this contest be won by both Microsoft and non-Microsoft tech community members.