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Windows Azure Developer Challenge

These rules (and CodeProject® Terms of Use and CodeProject Contributors Agreement) govern the Windows Azure Developer Contest (the "Contest") and set out the terms and conditions between CodeProject and its affiliates ("CodeProject" or "us/we") and each participant ("participant", "contestant", or "you"). A submission to this Contest constitutes your acceptance of these Official Contest Rules (the "Rules").

  1. How to Enter: CodeProject, with sponsorship by Microsoft Corporation, is offering the Contest and will award prizes based on the results of judging all valid entries against the criteria established in these Rules.

    Between April 15, 2013 and Jun 30, 2013 11:59:59 PM US Eastern Standard Time , use whatever tools you have available to start creating an application hosted on Windows Azure that completes each challenge stage outlined in the Contest description. Post an article in our Azure section under "Windows Azure Developer Contest", describing the application you are building. During each state update your article and your hosted application to reflect the stage challenge for that particular stage. There are a total of five (5) challenges in this Contest, as described on the CodeProject website.

  2. Eligibility: This Contest is open to software development professionals & enthusiasts who are of the age of majority in their jurisdiction of residence. Residents of Quebec and of the following countries are ineligible to participate due to legal constraints: Cuba, Iran, Iraq, Libya, North Korea, Sudan, and Syria. All national and local laws and regulations of the contestant’s country of residence apply. Residents of countries under U.S. embargo are not eligible to enter. Employees, officers and representatives (and members of their immediate families and those living in the same household of each) of both CodeProject and Microsoft, its parents, subsidiaries and affiliated companies, advertising and promotion agencies and any company involved in the design, execution, production or judging of this promotion ("contest entities") are ineligible. Void where prohibited.

  3. Entry Requirements: Participants must follow the article format provided by CodeProject on its website. Article submission must be in the English language. Participants must have registered a Windows Azure 90-day Free Trial (or a paid Windows Azure account).
     
  4. Judging: Entries will be judged by CodeProject judges at the end of each stage and at the end of the Contest as a whole. Prizes will be awarded based on how closely an entry adheres to the conditions of entry, including:
     
    • how effectively the application demonstrates the features available on Windows Azure ;
    • how effectively the application demonstrates creativity, user experience value and cloud based usage models;
    • how effectively the  article describes the final hosted application, and how the article encourages feedback or additional competitive submissions, and
    • the execution and presentation of the hosted application itself

    In addition, the votes and comments each submission receives on the CodeProject website will be taken into account. Judges decisions are final. You may withdraw your submission at any time by notifying CodeProject. If a submission is withdrawn your right to win a prize is terminated.

  5. Ownership and Publicity: Neither CodeProject nor Microsoft claim ownership of your submission to the contest (please see the "Ownership" item in CodeProject Contributors Agreement); but by submitting an entry, you grant CodeProject, its affiliated companies and necessary sub-licensees a worldwide, perpetual, royalty-free, irrevocable, non-exclusive, fully assignable and transferable right and license, to edit, adapt, translate, reformat your Work, to post your Work (eg. publish, display, perform, digitally perform) anywhere on our Site, to do what CodeProject feels it needs to do to manage and update the Site, to make and maintain back-up and archival copies, and to make your Work available to End Users in accordance with this Agreement and the specific EULA that you specify.

  6. Participant Warrants: By submitting an entry you warrant that your submission:
    • is a new application or a new version of an application and has not published previously.
    • does not contain any content that infringes on any third party Intellectual Property (IP) rights, and that you own or otherwise have all rights necessary for the submission including any and all IP rights.
    • does not disclose any information which would constitute a violation of a confidentiality obligation;
    • does not contain any viruses, worms, spyware, or other components or instructions that are malicious, deceptive, or designed to limit or harm the functionality of a computer.

  7. Prizes:
    • One Grand Prize: A cash prize of $2,500 and promotion on CodeProject and Microsoft owned and operated websites and properties
    • Fifteen (15) Challenge Prizes: Each of the five Challenges will have three (3) Challenge Prizes of one (1) 64 GB Surface RT with black Touch cover (in the US only), or cash equivalent (outside of the US). Approximate Retail Value of each Challenge Prize: US$700.
    • Fifty (50) Spot Prizes: US $100 Cash to be awarded randomly or for participating in Spot Challenges that may be issued throughout the contest. Each of the five Challenges will have ten (10) spot prizes.
    • Prize Value of Surface tablets is based on estimated average retail price at the time the Contest starts. Since prices may fluctuate in the marketplace, CodeProject will determine the value of the prize, or cash equivalent, at the time of the prizes are awarded.

    All winners will be notified via email. If after seven (7) days of the second notification to the winner no acknowledgement or response is received the prize is forfeited, and CodeProject will select another winner.

    Substitution or transfer of Prizes is not allowed, and Prizes may not be redeemed for cash. If a Prize becomes unavailable or is prohibited by law CodeProject may at its sole discretion award a substitute prize of equal or greater value. The winner accepts responsibility for all federal, state and local taxes and fees in connection with the prizes. If you are a potential winner, we may require you to sign an Affidavit of Eligibility, Liability/Publicity Release and a W-9 tax form or W-8 BEN tax form within 10 days of notification.

    Apart from prizes offered as part of the contest, no monetary compensation will be paid for any of your contest submissions. Microsoft and CodeProject are not responsible for contest entries not received due to lost, failed, delayed or interrupted connections or miscommunications, or other electronic malfunctions. Microsoft and CodeProject are not responsible for incorrect or inaccurate entry information, whether caused by you or any other persons or by any of the equipment or programming associated with or utilized in the contest.

  8. Warranties and Disclaimers: Surface devices come with the standard manufacture warranty only . To the fullest extent allowable by law, CodeProject specifically disclaims any representations or warranties, express or implied, regarding the contest or the prizes including any implied warranty of merchantability or fitness for a particular purpose and implied warranties arising from course of dealing or course of performance.
     
  9. Release of Liability and Issues of Law: By participating, all entrants release CodeProject and Microsoft, their affiliates, partners, subsidiaries, officers, directors, agents, employees and all entities associated with the development and execution of this promotion from any and all liability with respect to and in any way arising from participating in this promotion, acceptance or use of prizes. Neither CodeProject nor Microsoft assume any responsibility for incorrect or inaccurate capture of entry information, technical malfunctions, human or technical error, lost, delayed or garbled data or transmissions, omission, interruption, deletion, defect or failures of any telephone or computer line or network, computer equipment, software or any combination thereof. Entry materials/data that have been tampered with or altered are void. If for any reason, in the opinion of CodeProject in its sole discretion, the contest is not capable of running as originally planned, or if the administration, security, fairness, integrity or the proper conduct of the contest is corrupted or adversely affected, including by reason of infection by computer virus, bugs, tampering, unauthorized intervention, fraud, technical failures or any other causes beyond its control, CodeProject reserves its right to cancel, terminate, modify, amend, extend or suspend the contest including cancelling any method of entry, and select a winner from previously received eligible entries. CodeProject reserves its right in its sole discretion to disqualify any individual it finds to be tampering with the entry process or the operation of the contest or to be acting in violation of the Rules or otherwise in a disruptive manner. CodeProject reserves its right to seek remedies and damages to the fullest extent of the law for any attempts to deliberately damage the contest web site or to undermine the legitimate operation of this contest. CodeProject shall not be held responsible for any errors or negligence that may arise or occur in connection with the contest including any damage to an entrant's computer equipment, system, software or any combination thereof, as a result of their participation in this contest or from downloading any material from the contest website where applicable.
     
  10. Generally: CodeProject may make changes to these rules at any time without notice to you. Contributing to the contest or accepting prizes will constitute acceptance of the revised rules. These rules prevail in the event of any conflict or inconsistency with any other communications, including advertising or promotional materials.

    If, for reasons beyond CodeProject’s control (including, but not limited to, tampering or computer virus infection), the contest is not capable of running as originally planned, CodeProject, at its sole discretion but in consultation with Microsoft, reserves the right to cancel or modify the Contest, without liability. CodeProject will not be responsible for lost, late, misdirected, damaged, or illicit submissions, or for Internet, computer hardware and software, phone, and other technical errors, omissions malfunctions, and delays. Entries are void if they contain material typographical or other errors. All entrants agree to comply fully with each provision in these Rules. Any person attempting to defraud or in any way tamper with this contest and any person who does not comply with these Rules, will be ineligible for any prize(s) and may be prosecuted to the full extent of the law.

    For any feedback or questions regarding the contest or the prizes you can participate in the contest discussion forum.

  11. Winners' List: Names of winners will be posted on the CodeProject website, here.
  12. Sponsor: Microsoft Corporation, One Microsoft WA, Redmond, WA 98052.

Current winners list



 
PinnedSpot Challenge - Stage 4 - Extended! [modified] PinadminChris Maunder2-Jun-13 18:13 
PinnedHow to make the judges happy and get a great score PinadminChris Maunder17-May-13 1:53 
PinnedIf you already have an Azure account PinadminChris Maunder28-Apr-13 9:50 
GeneralAnd the Grand Prize Winner is... PinstaffKevin Priddle5-Jul-13 14:16 
GeneralRe: And the Grand Prize Winner is... PinprotectorAspDotNetDev5-Jul-13 14:29 
GeneralRe: And the Grand Prize Winner is... Pinprofessionalroscler5-Jul-13 14:47 
GeneralRe: And the Grand Prize Winner is... PinmemberPhil Lee NZ5-Jul-13 19:12 
GeneralRe: And the Grand Prize Winner is... PinprotectorAspDotNetDev8-Jul-13 6:51 
GeneralRe: And the Grand Prize Winner is... PinprofessionalPatrick McCurley5-Jul-13 22:18 
GeneralRe: And the Grand Prize Winner is... PinprofessionalRanjan.D6-Jul-13 0:49 
GeneralRe: And the Grand Prize Winner is... PinmemberAbhishek Nandy6-Jul-13 9:37 
GeneralCongrats Stage 5 Winners! PinstaffKevin Priddle3-Jul-13 3:27 
GeneralRe: Congrats Stage 5 Winners! Pinprofessionalroscler3-Jul-13 3:58 
GeneralGot my Third Round Spot Prize but didnot get the First round one PinmemberAbhishek Nandy27-Jun-13 4:08 
GeneralRe: Got my Third Round Spot Prize but didnot get the First round one PinstaffKevin Priddle27-Jun-13 12:26 
GeneralJudging has commenced! PinstaffKevin Priddle25-Jun-13 10:01 
GeneralRe: Judging has commenced! PinprotectorAspDotNetDev25-Jun-13 11:21 
GeneralRe: Judging has commenced! PinstaffKevin Priddle26-Jun-13 7:18 
GeneralRe: Judging has commenced! Pinmemberambilykk25-Jun-13 18:02 
GeneralRe: Judging has commenced! PinstaffKevin Priddle26-Jun-13 7:19 
GeneralRe: Judging has commenced! Pinmemberambilykk2-Jul-13 18:51 
GeneralRe: Judging has commenced! PinstaffKevin Priddle3-Jul-13 3:27 
GeneralFourth and Fifth Stage Spot Winners? PingroupGrapecityIndia24-Jun-13 22:19 
GeneralRe: Fourth and Fifth Stage Spot Winners? PinprofessionalTim Corey25-Jun-13 2:09 
GeneralRe: Fourth and Fifth Stage Spot Winners? PinstaffKevin Priddle25-Jun-13 10:07 
GeneralClarification over the competition end date PinprofessionalPatrick McCurley24-Jun-13 1:54 
GeneralRe: Clarification over the competition end date PinstaffKevin Priddle24-Jun-13 6:07 
GeneralRe: Clarification over the competition end date PinprofessionalPatrick McCurley24-Jun-13 7:00 
GeneralGiving a warm welcome to myself... [modified] PinstaffKevin Priddle19-Jun-13 9:37 
GeneralRe: Giving a warm welcome to myself... PinmemberPhil Lee NZ19-Jun-13 16:18 
GeneralRe: Giving a warm welcome to myself... PinstaffKevin Priddle20-Jun-13 7:44 
GeneralRe: Giving a warm welcome to myself... PinprofessionalEnrique Albert20-Jun-13 1:17 
GeneralRe: Giving a warm welcome to myself... PinstaffKevin Priddle20-Jun-13 7:44 
GeneralRe: Giving a warm welcome to myself... Pinprofessionalroscler21-Jun-13 2:06 
GeneralRe: Giving a warm welcome to myself... PinstaffKevin Priddle21-Jun-13 4:47 
GeneralFourth Stage Winners PinstaffNatasha Surovy17-Jun-13 10:50 
GeneralRe: Fourth Stage Winners Pinprofessionalroscler17-Jun-13 11:04 
GeneralRe: Fourth Stage Winners PinprofessionalRanjan.D17-Jun-13 11:36 
GeneralRe: Fourth Stage Winners PinprofessionalEnrique Albert18-Jun-13 2:27 
GeneralSwitched from Free Trail to Paid PinmemberK2DaC213-Jun-13 22:46 
GeneralRe: Switched from Free Trail to Paid Pinprofessionalroscler13-Jun-13 22:58 
GeneralRe: Switched from Free Trail to Paid PinmemberK2DaC214-Jun-13 0:51 
GeneralRe: Switched from Free Trail to Paid PinprofessionalRanjan.D14-Jun-13 4:43 
GeneralRe: Switched from Free Trail to Paid PinmemberPhil Lee NZ14-Jun-13 0:02 
GeneralRe: Switched from Free Trail to Paid PinmemberK2DaC214-Jun-13 0:38 
QuestionIntended audience? [modified] PinprofessionalPatrick McCurley13-Jun-13 9:07 
AnswerRe: Intended audience? PinprofessionalTim Corey13-Jun-13 12:42 
GeneralRe: Intended audience? PinprofessionalPatrick McCurley15-Jun-13 1:35 
AnswerRe: Intended audience? PinadminChris Maunder14-Jun-13 16:40 
GeneralRe: Intended audience? PinprofessionalPatrick McCurley15-Jun-13 1:32 

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