Latest vendor to enter the code-for-prizes space: Amazon. Today they announced a $5,000 prize for building "an innovative and entrepreneurial application using Visual Studio 2005 with Amazon Web Services". And in case it isn't obvious from that sentence, it's jointly sponsored by Microsoft and is coordinated with this week's Microsoft PDC in LA (despite yesterday's blackout).
The contest basics:
- Winning app will be selected based on creatvity, degree of AWS integration, commercial appeal and fit and polish.
- Starts today, submissions due by Dec 31st, and winner announced March 31st 2006.