Friday, May 27, 2005

Announcing the SQL Server/Visual Studio/BizTalk Connected Systems Developer Competition

Show Microsoft what a great developer you are! Show how innovative you can be! And win $50,000 USD!

On April 25th 2005 the SQL Server, Visual Studio and BizTalk teams launched the Connected Systems 2005 Developer Competition.

The Connected Systems 2005 Developer Competition, sponsored by Microsoft Corporation and MSDN Magazine is a skill based competition for professional developers intended to highlight and reward creativity and programming excellence using SQL Server 2005, Visual Studio 2005 and BizTalk 2004/2006.

The competition is open to anyone who practices in the field of technology development, either individuals or organizations. Some eligibility restrictions apply; see Official Competition Rules for details.

Entries will be judged on creativity, innovation, design and technical excellence, usefulness, usability and value by a panel of industry experts selected from the Microsoft Regional Director program.

All competition entrants must be registered and have submitted a description of the application they are entering into the competition by August 30, 2005. The official closing date for final competition entries is September 15, 2005.

All finalists will be invited to join the SQL Server, Visual Studio and BizTalk teams at the Joint SQL Server 2005/Visual Studio 2005/BizTalk 2006 launch event where the Winners will be announced at a dinner the evening before the launch.

For more information or to enter the competition please visit the competition website located at:

What Can You Win?
  • First Prize of $50,000 USD Copies of SQL Server 2005, Visual Studio 2005 and BizTalk 2006 MSDN Universal subscription
  • Paid Trip to the joint SQL Server 2005/Visual Studio 2005/BizTalk 2006 Launch Event and competition finalists dinner
  • Winning entries will be highlighted on various Microsoft and CMP websites and in a special magazine inserts in MSDN Magazine, Software Development magazine and Dr Dobbs magazine.
  • 1 Community Winner will receive a 1 year MSDN Universal subscription plus the chance to talk about their winning entry at Tech ED 2006 in Boston.
  • 5 Microsoft MCP Winners will receive a Certificate of Accomplishment, a 1 Year MSDN Universal Subscription and a ticket to attend Tech ED 2006 in Boston. All 5 winners will be entered into a drawing from which one will be selected to speak at Tech ED 2006 in Boston.