Worlds First Shared Source Contest Offers Xbox 360 Prizes

By Staff  |  Posted 2006-05-24

The first-ever coding contest focused on software from Microsofts Shared Source initiative kicked off May 23. The competition, sponsored by Microsoft and hosted by, challenges developers to use Windows CE Shared Source in a real-world project and offers Xbox 360 game console prizes.

Developers are invited to "create a cool, real-world project that combines Windows CE along with either or both of two Shared Source components—the Windows CE WebCam driver and/or the Windows CE DVR engine," the contests home page says. Entrants must submit their projects for judging by midnight PDT on July 28, and winners will be announced on after August 15.

Judges will award prizes based on factors such as originality, real-world practicality, feature-extension of the Shared Source components, project documentation, and a short video that demonstrates the successful operation of the project. The Grand Prize is a complete Xbox 360 dream setup consisting of the Xbox 360 console, a 34-inch HDTV, games and accessories, valued at approximately $2,500 ("Estimated Retail Value"). Three other winners will be awarded Xbox 360 game consoles.

Full details are available on the contests home page.

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