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LightSwitch Star Contest

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Visual Studio LightSwitch is the easiest and quickest way to build business applications for the desktop or the cloud. Do you have what it takes to be a LightSwitch Star? Show us your coolest, most productive, LightSwitch business application and you could win an ASUS U31SD-DH31 Laptop!

Build an application today! Discover a wealth of resources for learning Visual Studio LightSwitch.

Vote for your favorite application!


Check out the LightSwitch Star submissions on Code Project!       
Check out the LightSwitch Star video submissions on YouTube!
First Way to Submit

Just send us an email at with your answers to our questions, and a screenshot of your app, and we'll do the rest!

Got more to show off? Then write an article or submit a video by reading the instructions below.

*Note: By submitting an email we are creating an account for you on Code Project. Please see our Terms of Service.
Second Way to Submit
Third Way to Submit
Write an article submission
  1. Download the submission template
  2. Write the article by answering the questions on the template
  3. Go to submission (Use our FAQ to guide your submission process)
  4. Ensure that you have the LightSwitch tags added and that location is set to "LightSwitch" section (under the Web Development heading) and the "LightSwitch Star Contest"
  5. You can include screenshots of your app in JPG,PNG or GIF or optionally the source code in a ZIP File or an outside link to it.

  6. Change the wizard to HTML mode like this then paste your created article submission
  7. Hit the Submit button

Submit a video on YouTube

Submission Guidelines

Prove that LightSwitch saved your business the most time and money or show us the amazing things you can do with LightSwitch and you could be a winner! Prizes will be issued monthly for two categories: Most Efficient Business Application and Most Ground-breaking Application. Your submission is eligible to win every month! See judging and monthly prizes below.

Answer the template questions, follow the Application Requirements and pay attention to the additional rules.

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Follow us on Twitter for contest updates!! Tweet your link to your contest entry to @VSLightSwitch with hash tags #LightSwitch #LightSwitchStarContest


Please answer these questions:

  1. What does your application (or extension) do? What business problem does it solve?
  2. How many screens and entities does this application have?

Additionally answer as many questions below to improve your chances to win.

  1. Did LightSwitch save your business money? How?
  2. Would this application still be built if you didn’t have LightSwitch? If yes, with what?
  3. How many users does this application support?
  4. How long did this application take to actually build using LightSwitch?
  5. Does this application use any LightSwitch extensions? If so, which ones? Did you write any of these extensions yourself? If so, is it available to the public? Where?
  6. How did LightSwitch make your developer life better? Was it faster to build compared to other options you considered?


We're looking for submissions that show off LightSwitch's productivity and/or extensibility. Prove that LightSwitch saved your business the most time and money. Or show us the amazing things you can do with LightSwitch's extensibility model. Answer the questions above to convince us! Judging will be made by both CodeProject and the LightSwitch Team. The community will also greatly influence our decision as we look at community comments and ratings on each of the submissions.
  • Category 1: Most Efficient Business Application
    • Shows productivity: "LightSwitch saved my business lots of time & money!"
    • Most compelling use of LightSwitch to solve a business problem
      • May use multiple and/or large data sources
      • Shows off user productivity features
      • Doesn’t necessarily need to use any extensions
    • Saved the business the most time and money to build relative to the size & function of the application
  • Category 2: Most Ground-Breaking Business Application
    • Shows extensibility: “I can’t believe this is a LightSwitch Application!”
    • Same judging as above but additionally:
      • Uses extensions, shells, controls, etc., to extend LightSwitch past what you get out of the box.
        • Could be any extension(s) – commercial or roll-your-own

Monthly Prizes

Prizes will be issued monthly for the two categories and your submission is eligible to win every month.
  • Most Effective Business Application
    • First Prize: A bundled sponsor giveaway! Get your hands on cool components/control suites for LightSwitch and more! Includes: Document Toolkit for LightSwitch (First Floor Software), SalesForce.ADO.NET Data Provider (rssbus), OLAP for Silverlight (ComponentOne)
    • Second Prize: $50 Amazon gift card
  • Most Ground-breaking Business Application
    • First Prize: A bundled sponsor giveaway! Get your hands on cool components/control suites for LightSwitch and more! Includes: Document Toolkit for LightSwitch (First Floor Software), Sharepoint ADO.NET Data Provider (rssubs), OLAP for LightSwitch (ComponentOne)
    • Second Prize: $50 Amazon gift card

Additionally a Grand Prize Laptop (or cash equivalent) will be given away for each category awarded at contest end.

Grand Prize: ASUS UL30VT-X1K Laptop

  • IntelCore 2 Duo Processor
  • 4 GB RAM
  • 500GB SATA HD
  • NVidia G210M 512 MB
  • Windows 7 Home Premium "requirements"

Current Winners

Most Effective Business Application

Most Ground-breaking Business Application

Application Requirements

  • Applications must be built using Visual Studio LightSwitch 2011 RTM (get a free trial)
  • Contestants must be the owners of the submitted applications (you cannot submit other people’s work!)
  • You can submit sample applications and/or extensions you built or actual applications running in a business
  • If you are submitting an extension for consideration, please submit a sample that demonstrates using it in a LightSwitch application
  • Additional weight will be given to entries that describe how LightSwitch made your development life better/easier
  • Additional weight will be given to entries that submit real applications running in a business
  • Additional weight will be given to entries that make the application public facing and/or using Azure deployment
  • See judging categories and further regulations below

Additional Rules

  1. Must be an article or video on LightSwitch application or extension.
  2. Must tag article / blog entry with LightSwitch tag.
  3. The contest begins on Oct 31, 2011 and will end Jan 31, 2012 at 11:59:59 PM US Eastern Standard Time. All entries must be submitted during this period in order to qualify.
  4. Articles / video entries must follow the submission guidelines above.
  5. No cheating, lying, stealing code, swashbuckling, or biting.
  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 that your member alias, article, code and any other submitted material can be used for promotional purposes by The Code Project and/or Microsoft.

Conditions of Entry | Current winners list

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