As I indicated a few days ago, we have some cool prizes and the first contest started today. Matt Hester has all of the details on his blog. Like all Microsoft contests, there are official rules. As you can see from the details on his blog, we are limiting the participation for this first contest to the US MVP’s.
We are doing that for several reasons. First of all, Matt and I wanted to get through the legal process, purchasing process, etc. with a group that would be flexible with us if we made some mistakes. So it’s really a learning process for us right now.
We want to have a similar contest early next year and expand the scope so that we can bring in more of the experts in the community, beyond MVPs. Unfortunately it will still be restricted to the US and I know a lot of you that read my blog are on other parts of the planet. Sorry in advance.
For those of you that want to participate down the road, it’ll likely be a screencast contest so you might look into the tools of the trade for doing demo captures. The end result needs to be Silverlight compatible (.WMV). Camtasia 5.x is the tool I use but there are others.
Until then, sit back and relax. Let’s see if the MVP’s bite and decide to participate, what they produce, and the end results. We gave them a lot of room for creativity and we didn’t solve all the problems for them. Should be fun to see what happens. I hope you enjoy the show.
On Matt's Blog you will find:
Are you a Microsoft Most Valuable Professional (MVP)?
Do you want to win* some great prizes just in time for the holidays? How does a 8GB or 120GB Zune sound or an Xbox 360 Pro? What you want something bigger, okay how about a:
Okay do I have your attention now?
First off you have to be a current US Microsoft Most Valuable Professional (MVP) and being willing to show off your rock star screencast skills. To enter you need to create a 5 – 10 minute screencast on IIS and PHP integration. The screencast must showcase the integration of PHP into IIS 7.0 on Windows Server 2008. I also want to see it actually work you should show an PHP application on the IIS server (i.e. Wordpress) running and demonstrated inside of Internet Explorer 7 or Internet Explorer 8 Beta 2, and verified it is running inside of the IIS 7 environment.
Sound cool and techy and you want to enter? but your not sure how do all of that? Well I am here to help. Here are some excellent resources for you to get started:
The screencasts entries will be judged by a blue ribbon group of IT Pro superstars and will be judged on Creativity, Presentation, Inclusion of Microsoft Technologies and Effective demonstration of the integration of PHP in to IIS.
Here are the prizes:
So what do you have to do to enter?
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