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Windows Azure Marketplace: The DataMarket Contest

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.

Intel is a registered trademark of Intel Corporation or its subsidiaries in the United States and other countries. Azure is a trademark of Microsoft Corporation.

  1. The contest begins on January 3rd 2011, and runs until March 31st 2011 at 11:59:59 PM US Eastern Standard Time. All entries must be submitted to in order to qualify.
  2. Apps must follow the guidelines listed above.
  3. Apps must use datasets from the DataMarket marketplace
  4. Apps must be on Azure
  5. No cheating, lying, stealing code, swashbuckling, or rustling.
  6. The judges’ decision is final and no correspondence will be entered into.
  7. Only those who live in jurisdictions in which this contest is legal may enter.
  8. Any breach of the rules and the prize will be awarded to the runner up.
  9. By entering the contest you agree to the rules, conditions of entry, and agree (with your permission) Microsoft may promote winners.
  10. Entries shall be deemed to be submitted by the authorized account holder of the e-mail address submitted at the time of entry unless clearly indicated otherwise. "Authorized account holder" is defined as the natural person who is assigned to an e-mail address by an internet access provider, on-line service provider, or other organization (e.g. business, educational institution, etc.) that is responsible for assigning e-mail addresses for the domain associated with the submitted e-mail address.

Apps winners will be decided based on how tightly an entry adheres to the conditions of entry, including: Focus and scope, overall quality, coherence, and structure.


This competition is open to software development professionals & enthusiasts who are of the age of majority in their jurisdiction of residence; however, 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. Employees (or a member of their immediate family) of The Code Project or of Microsoft or any of their affiliates, subsidiaries, advertising or promotional agencies are also ineligible to participate. Void where prohibited by law.

Determination of Winner

All entries will be to submitted to Finalists will reviewed by judges appointed by The Code Project. A winner will be determined by the judges, after taking into consideration which entry best meets the judging criteria set forth below.

Judging Criteria

  • Quality of solution and how it leverages Windows Azure solutions
  • Overall uniqueness, coherence, and structure

How to Enter

Entry is by the normal article submission process or as described above. Please read the submission guidelines before submitting your entry.

Lost, late, misdirected, or illegible entries will be disqualified. Any entry containing content that The Code Project deems objectionable for any reason will be disqualified. All decisions of The Code Project with respect to any aspect of the competition, including, without limitation, the eligibility of entries, are final and binding on all entrants in all matters as they relate to this competition. The Code Project reserves its right to modify the Rules.

All entries become the property of The Code Project who assumes no responsibility for lost, late, delayed, destroyed or misdirected mail, voice messages, e-mail or any computer errors or malfunctions. No correspondence will be entered into with entrants.

The Code Project does not 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 The Code Project in its sole discretion, the competition is not capable of running as originally planned, or if the administration, security, fairness, integrity or the proper conduct of the competition 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, The Code Project reserves its right to cancel, terminate, modify, amend, extend or suspend the competition including cancelling any method of entry, and select a winner from previously received eligible entries. The Code Project 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 competition or to be acting in violation of the Rules or otherwise in a disruptive manner. The Code Project reserves its right to seek remedies and damages to the fullest extent of the law for any attempts to deliberately damage the competition web site or to undermine the legitimate operation of this competition. The Code Project shall not be held responsible for any errors or negligence that may arise or occur in connection with the competition including any damage to an entrant's computer equipment, system, software or any combination thereof, as a result of their participation in this competition or from downloading any material from the competition website where applicable.

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3 Jan - 31 Mar 2011