I suspect we’ll be seeing more of these efforts for Silverlight and I love it. In fact, INETA will be sponsoring the 2008 INETA Silverlight Challenge soon, so you should sign up for more information about that as well. But until then…
But until then, check out what some of the community MVPs and leaders are doing on their own! They’ve started the Silverlight Control Builder Contest ‘08. Two main organizers (Page Brooks and Dave Campbell) have put some time and thought into how they can get the community excited about developing solutions for the community and alas this idea came out of that! These two have done some research, sought guidance, solicited some sponsors and did this on their own. They built the contest site which is very detailed providing all the rules, prizes, and an FAQ. Please be sure to read the rules. One key thing is that this contest is open to US residents (over 18) only. Please note that Pete/Dave answer why in their FAQ and please also realize this is completely a community-driven effort from these two guys. I applaud them for their efforts and can tell you that they indeed researched the effort to make it an internationally available contest, but simply didn’t have the resources to do so…but hey, there is nothing preventing you in your local community from using this same idea :-).
Additionally, there are some additional tidbits in the rules, so read them carefully…I picked out some highlights only:
- Silverlight 2 Beta 2 or higher
- Control must have a default and 1 additional template
- No use of third-party controls
- Source code must be open
- Entries cannot be commercial/shareware
The prizes are pretty great as well, including a 1-year MSDN Premium subscription provided by the organizers of the contest!
So get your mind working and submit your entry by 11 AUG 2008. Since only 1 entry allowed per contestant, make sure you put some good thought into it!