Gnomedex, the annual tech conference in Seattle hosted by Chris Pirillo, and Microsoft Live Search, are teaming up to sponsor a developer's contest dubbed "Will Code for Green" where judges will accept mashup entries in two categories: Economy and Ecology.
The Gnomedex conference has been around for nine years, growing from a down-the-street, single track conference, to a much bigger, influential event. Gnomedex picks up on yearly trends and focuses on highlighting those trends and catering to entrepreneurs and technologists looking to ride those trends. With the focus this year on the global economy and global climate change, the contest is soliciting mashups that will provide "green" information and tools for users. Developers can create mashups that are based on any kind of platform as long as the final creations use the Live Search APIs.
If you want inspiration on what to build with Live Search, we've got 29 Live Search mashups to check-out including Tafiti Search, shown below, a Silverlight interface to Live Search that comes with full source code (more at our Tafiti mashup profile).
The contest is open to all developers beginning June 1st and ending August 12th. At that time, Web visitors will be able to vote for their favorite entries, and on the 19th, Microsoft judges will review the entries and select five semi-finalists whose work will be featured at Gnomedex, August 20-22nd, 2009, where the conference attendees will cast the final deciding vote to determine the winner in each category. Each winner will receive a $10,000 prize and a three year BizSpark membership.