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LightSwitch Star Contest

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!

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

Just send us an email at lscsubmission@codeproject.com 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

Questions

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?

Judging

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.

Judging

Judging will be made by both Code Project and the LightSwitch Team. The community will also greatly influence our decision as we look at these things for each entry:

  • Highest Ratings
  • Most Votes
  • Most positive comments

Judging Categories

  • Most Efficient Business Application "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
  • Most Ground-Breaking Business Application “I can’t believe this is a LightSwitch Application!”
    • Same judging as above but additionally:
      • Uses extensions, shells, controls, to really knock our socks off
        • Could be any extension(s) – commercial or roll-your-own

Additional Rules

  1. Must be an article or video on LightSwitch application or extention.
  2. Must tag article / blog entry with LightSwitch tag.
  3. The contest begins on Oct 27, 2011 and will end Jan 25, 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 guidelines.
  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.
  10. A reasonable US$ equivalent in lieu of the prize may also be awarded.
  11. 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 email address by an internet access provider, on-line service provider, or other organization (e.g. business, educational institution, etc.) that is responsible for assigning email addresses for the domain associated with the submitted e-mail address.

www.codeproject.com members can vote on your article and YouTube users can vote on the videos. The articles that are highest-rated by members will be rated by our judges to determine the final winner.

Eligibility

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 any of their affiliates, subsidiaries, advertising or promotional agencies are also ineligible to participate. Void where prohibited by law.

How to Enter

Entry is by the submission process described. Please read the submission requirements 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.

The Code Project assumes no responsibility for lost, late, delayed, destroyed or misdirected mail, voice messages, email 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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