Windows Azure Developer Challenge
These rules (and CodeProject®
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
- 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.
- 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.
- Entry Requirements: Participants must follow the article format provided
by CodeProject on its
Article submission must be in the English language. Participants must have registered
Windows Azure 90-day Free Trial (or a paid Windows Azure account).
- 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,
- 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.
- 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
- Participant Warrants: By submitting an entry you warrant that your
- is a new application or a new version of an application and has not
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Winners' List: Names of winners will be posted on the CodeProject website,
- Sponsor: Microsoft Corporation, One Microsoft WA, Redmond, WA 98052.
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