Amazon Web Services and Microsoft Kick Off Developer Contest at Microsoft Professional Developers Conference
Developer Community Challenged to Create Innovative Web Services Applications; Winner to Have Wishes Fulfilled by Amazon.com
SEATTLE, Wash. and REDMOND, Wash. — Sept. 14, 2005 — Amazon Web Services and Microsoft Corp. today kicked off the Microsoft Visual Studio 2005/Amazon Web Services Developer Contest at the Microsoft Professional Developers Conference. Now through Dec. 31, 2005, software and Web developers will compete for prizes by using Visual Studio 2005 to build innovative and entrepreneurial applications that use product data and technology from the Amazon Web Services (AWS) platform. The grand-prize winner will have his or her Amazon.com Wish List fulfilled up to $5,000 (U.S.). A complete list of contest rules, eligibility restrictions, entry instructions, and prizes is available on the AWS Web site (www.amazon.com/aws).
"We are excited to see what developers build using the valuable technology and data we provide through AWS and the powerful tools available in Visual Studio 2005," said Amazon Web Services Director of Developer Relations Steve Rabuchin. "Every developer who enters the contest is a winner in terms of experience because each new application is also potentially the start of a new business."
AWS provides software developers with direct access to Amazon's ever-growing technology platform and product data for building Web sites and Web applications. Today, applications built using the AWS Software Developers Kit range from enhanced Associates sites that advertise products from the Amazon.com Web site to integrated solutions for retailers selling merchandise through Amazon.com. Developers make money by earning referral fees from their Associates sites that link to products available on Amazon.com or by charging users for the applications they build.
"The Visual Studio development community has repeatedly amazed us with the great Web applications they create," said Scott Guthrie, product unit manager for Web Platform and Tools at Microsoft. "Using AWS and Visual Studio 2005 together, Web developers have a great opportunity to create unique Web applications that take advantage of the power of Amazon data and technology. With this much power at their fingertips, we can't wait to see what they come up with."
Visual Studio 2005 provides a comprehensive tool set for rapidly building and integrating ASP.NET Web Applications and Web services. It offers a full WYSIWYG ASP.NET design experience, along with IntelliSense® statement completion, integrated help, data design and administration and debugging. With the powerful tools contained in Visual Studio 2005, Web developers can access AWS via SOAP (Simple Object Access Protocol) and build Amazon technology and data into new or existing applications that can run on Windows-powered personal computers, personal digital assistants, tablet computers, and mobile phones.
Complete details on the contest are available on the AWS site at www.amazon.com/aws. The contest is currently underway and ends Dec. 31, 2005. Winners will be announced in early 2006. Contest applications will be judged on creativity, quality and extent to which AWS services are integrated, commercial appeal, and usability. Eight winners will be selected and receive the following prizes:
- 1st Place: $5,000 Amazon.com Wish List fulfillment
- 2nd Place: Visual Studio 2005 Professional with MSDN Subscription
- 3rd Place: $500 Amazon.com Gift Certificate
- Honorable Mention (5 winners): Xbox 360 Console
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Launched in July 2002, the Amazon Web Services (AWS) platform exposes Amazon technology and product data that enables developers to build innovative and entrepreneurial applications on their own. More than 120,000 developers have signed up to use AWS since its inception. Applications built using the AWS Software Developers Kit range from enhanced Associates sites that advertise products from the Amazon.com Web site to integrated solutions for retailers selling merchandise through Amazon.com. Developers make money by earning referral fees from their Associates sites or by charging users for the applications they build. AWS is a division of Amazon Services, Inc.
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