Invasion of the Robots Contest

Robots are invading Microsoft. Or at least that's the goal of the contest launched yesterday over at the new Windows Live site $40,000 worth of prizes are up for grabs to the developers who create the best "conversational robots", or bots, for MSN Messenger and Windows Live Messenger. Prizes include a $10,000 Alienware MJ-12 workstation, a $5,000 Bose entertainment system, laptops, and others.

Entries will be judged on 4 criteria, each evenly weighted: user interaction, usefulness, creativity, and use of multiple windows Live services. Applicable services include the Activity API, Alerts, Virtual Earth, MSN Spaces, Gadgets and Windows Live.

BTW, you are allowed to insert ads into your bots but the option is available only in U.S. through partner Kanoodle.

The /contests page here has been updated with details. Promises to be an interesting competition.

John Musser



Speaking of bots, check out my personal favorite - Spleak... 20-year-old living in New York. Loads of funny stuff, such as Chuck Norris facts!

[...] Dubyabot: A new MSN Messenger robot that will converse with you using quotes from our fearless leader. An entry to the ongoing Invasion of the Robots Contest. [...]