If you already have taken a look at Microsoft’s Silverlight you might want to check out the INETA competition on building a Silverlight application. Even if you haven’t, this competition is a good excuse. The challenge initially runs in nearly all European countries, with a winner per country. All country winners will compete in the grand final. The top three winners will receive a ticket to the MIX 2008 and loads of other goodies. Overall there is an amazing total of 150.000 euros to be divided amongst the participants. There are even prizes for the top 3 of each country. Sounds interesting, right? The exact list of prizes and conditions can be found here. Then again, you might just be in it for the eternal fame.
Your Silverlight application will score points in four (equally important) areas:
- Technical execution (code and implementation)
Remember these areas when you start building your winning application. Also, you must release your application under the Microsoft Public License (MS-PL), so the community members and INETA can use it in web sites.
I couldn’t find any restrictions on the Silverlight version (1.0 RTM or 1.1 alpha) or tooling that you can use. I guess everything is allowed, but have put out the question to the organization. If I get some additional information, I will update this post.
To get you started, here are some resources (besides the links at the Challenge website)
- Silverlight website, Microsoft Silverlight site
- European Silverlight Challenge website (also in Dutch) and the competition rules
- Blogs: Silverlight Geek, Silverlight SDK Blog
- Silverlight 1.0 SDK
With project templates for Visual Studio 2005 (check this trick to use the templates in VS2008)
- Blend 2 December 2007 Preview
- Silverlight Developer FAQ Wiki
BTW, if I can come up with a original idea, I might just participate in the competition as well. Got an idea? Let me know.