Gnomedex: Code for Green and Win Green


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Are you a programmer? Working on a green project? Want to win $10k? How about $100 off a Gnomedex ticket?

Betsy Aoki, Program Manager, Bing:

The Bing team, in partnership with the awesome Gnomedex conference, is sponsoring a developer contest called Code for Green that we hope will make a difference to the economy (Green = Money) and the Earth’s ecology (Green = Environment) long after the contest is over.

To reinforce the green theme, the five winning developers will be rewarded with cash:

-$10,000 and a $100 Bizspark membership for each winner in the two categories

-$3,000 and a $100 Bizspark membership for three finalists
How it generally works*:

Developers will be able to submit URLS for their contest entries at http://willcodeforgreen.gnomedex.com. These Web-based applications must use the Live Search APIs (which are free) but can also use any other technology platform or programming language in order to accomplish their ultimate purpose:

1) To help people deal with the worsening global economy (Economy category)

2) To help people improve the ecology of the planet Earth (Ecology category)

You can vote for your favorite Web applications at http://willcodeforgreen.gnomedex.com until Aug 12th. Customer appeal is one of the key factors that will determine which five finalists go on to have their entries judged at Gnomedex itself.

In the final round at Gnomedex, conference participants will play with the applications and determine the winners in both categories.

It’s not required, but we hope winners will use their cash prizes to take their ideas further, hopefully into business and non-profit applications that will help make the world a better place.

So put on your thinking caps, study up on the Bing Search APIs, and code for green!

To encourage some good green programming, we're offering a $100 discount on event tickets with the code "treehugger." In addition we've started a forum thread where people can brainstorm and share ideas here. We're hoping some green programmers out there will pull together and form a TreeHugger inspired team. Anyone?

*No purchase necessary. Open only to residents of the 50 US States and the District of Columbia who are 18 years of age or older. Contest ends August 12, 2009. See Official Rules for full details.

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