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. 

mvp_contest 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.