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Windows Azure Marketplace: The DataMarket Contest

This competition has ended

Build an innovative cloud app on Windows Azure Platform using datasets from Windows Azure Marketplace.

Win an Intel® i7 laptop (or $1000 Amazon gift card) and a chance at the $1000 cash grand prize.

The contest runs from January 3rd 2011, to March 31st 2011.

Here's How

  1. Use the datasets from the DataMarket marketplace

  2. Get your trial pass!

    For all USA Code Project Members we’re offering a Windows Azure platform 30 day pass, so you can put Windows Azure and SQL Azure through their paces. No-cost, no credit card required. (**Enter promo code: CPDMAB). Need longer? Get a 90-day trial for SQL Azure (1GB Web Edition Database) and Windows Azure AppFabric (including 100,000 Access Control transactions and 2 Service Bus connections) – at no charge! We ask for your credit card information when you accept this offer, as any additional usage per month will be billed at the standard rate.

  3. Build your apps and send the URL to

  4. At the end of the contest we chose from best apps and the winners received an Intel® i7 laptop. The grand prize is $1000 USD!
The Windows Azure platform is a flexible cloud—computing platform from Microsoft, that lets you focus on solving business problems and addressing customer needs.
Windows Azure Marketplace allows you to share, buy and sell building block components, training, premium data sets plus finished services and applications. DataMarket provides one stop for trusted public domain and premium datasets from leading data providers in the industry. DataMarket enhances Windows Azure Platform with Information as a Service capability. DataMarket has various free datasets from providers like United Nations,, World Bank, Weather Bug, Weather Central, Alteryx, STATS, Wolfram Alpha etc.

Find out More About DataMarket

Please click here and listen to what our Partners have to say.
Check out some helpful case studies:

Tableau Software - Software Developer Delivers Valuable Service with Easy-to-Integrate Data Marketplace
Linqpad Software Developers Gain the Ease of LINQ Data Queries to Compelling Cloud Content
STATS Sports Data Provider Saves $1 Million on Consumer Market Entry via Cloud Services
Alteryx Analytics Firm Broadens Customer Choice, Growth Avenues with Online Data Market

The Fabulous Prizes

Time Period

  • Contest Period January: THREE Toshiba - Satellite Laptops with Intel® Core™ i7 Processor
  • Contest Period February-March: FOUR Toshiba - Satellite Laptops with Intel® Core™ i7 Processor
Intel i7 laptop
  • Intel® Core™ i7-720QM processor with 1.73GHz with Turbo Boost Technology up to 2.93GHz
  • 4GB DDR3 RAM
  • 640GB (5400RPM) Hard Drive (SATA)
  • NVIDIA GeForce 310M 512MB GDDR3 (discrete); up to 2270MB (total available)

The Rules

  1. Submit app URL to within contest deadlines
  2. Monthly finalists will be determined by The Code Project
  3. The grand prize winner will be selected by The Code Project at the contest completion on March 31st, 2011

The Winners




Grand Prize: John Eldhose -

This challenge is from The Code Project, an independent third-party company not affiliated with Microsoft, and is not a Microsoft offering.

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