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  • Summer Silverlight Coding Competition

  • From June 22nd to September 22nd

    Hosted by ComponentArt

The 2009 Competition has ended.

Thank you to everyone who entered or cast a vote!

ComponentArt would like to thank all those who helped make this competition a success: all contestants, those who voted for their favorite apps, as well as our Expert Panel of judges who volunteered their time.

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Rules & FAQ


The Summer Silverlight Coding Competition is designed to encourage developers to innovate with Microsoft's Silverlight technology and increase the community awareness of Silverlight features and available applications in production. ComponentArt is sponsoring this competition and will award $10,000 USD to the author(s) of the best application as decided by the expert panel and the developer community. Authors of the two runner-up applications will each receive ComponentArt licenses (a $1,299 USD value).

Questions and feedback may be directed to competition2009@componentart.com.

1. General Rules

  • The use of ComponentArt products is not required to participate in the Summer Silverlight Coding Competition. The contest is open to the entire Silverlight developer community.

  • Each Entry must be a Silverlight 1.0, Silverlight 2.0 or Silverlight 3.0 application. Each Entry must be accessible through a public URL. If authentication is required, a demo username and password must be provided.

  • The Entry must not contain any content or material that is obscene, sexually explicit, defamatory, or otherwise inappropriate as determined by ComponentArt at its absolute discretion.

  • Each Entrant will be required to provide their full name, email address, physical address, and country of residency.

  • ComponentArt employees are not eligible to participate in the Competition.

  • Each Entry must be of the Entrant's original creation, created solely by the Entrant(s), must not infringe the copyright, trademark, privacy, publicity, or other intellectual rights of any person or entity.

  • Participants using third party libraries, controls and/or code in their application, are required to identify the applicable third party components.

  • Entrants may submit multiple Entries.

  • All Entrants must be of legal age in their country.

  • ComponentArt reserves the right to disqualify any Entry at any time, if it determines it does not meet the requirements of the Competition.

  • NO RECOURSE TO JUDICIAL OR OTHER PROCEDURES: To the extent permitted by law, the rights to litigate, to seek injunctive relief or to make any other recourse to judicial or any other procedure in case of disputes or claims resulting from or in connection with this Competition are hereby excluded, and any Entrant expressly waives any and all such rights.

2. Grading

  • If more than 50 Entries are submitted, ComponentArt judges will select the top 50 semi-finalist Entries (taking community votes into account). The semi-finalist Entries will then be judged by the remainder of the Expert Panel.

  • Expert Panel Grading. An entry can gain a maximum of 450 points from the Expert Panel. Nine judges on the Expert Panel will award 0-10 points to each Entry in the following five categories:

    1. Technical Merit

    2. User Experience

    3. Performance & Stability

    4. Originality

    5. Effective use of custom controls

  • Community vote. An Entry can gain a maximum of 100 points based on the community vote. Each member of the community can award a rating of 1-5 stars to one or more Entries. The points for each rating will be awarded as follows:

    • 1-Star: -1 point

    • 2-Stars: 0 points

    • 3-Stars: 1 point

    • 4-Stars: 2 points

    • 5-Stars: 3 points

  • Community voting will require a valid ComponentArt.com account. Each member of the community can only cast one vote per application. Voting patterns will be monitored and suspicious Entries may be disqualified at ComponentArt's sole discretion.

3. Schedule & Dates

The Competition will be conducted according to the following schedule*:

  • June 22 – Contest Launch. The Summer Silverlight Coding Competition officially launches on June 22nd. Entries can be submitted immediately.

  • July 7 – First Entries Posted, Community Voting Begins. The first batch of all eligible applications submitted before July 6 will be published in the contestants area on July 7. All subsequent applications will then be published once every two weeks. The full schedule for updating the contestants area is as follows: July 7, July 21, August 4, August 18, September 1, September 16, September 22.

  • September 22 – Application Submission Deadline. The application submission form will be taken down on September 22, 2:00pm EST. All eligible applications will be posted in the contestants area by September 22, 5:00pm EST.

  • October 23 – Community Voting Ends. Community voting functionality will be disabled on October 23, 2:00pm EST. The contestants area will continue to be publicly accessible on the website.

  • Novemeber 3 – Announcement of the 5 Finalists. Five finalists, as selected by our expert panel and the community vote, will be announced on Novemeber 3.

  • November 10 – Announcement of the Winner. The winner, as selected by our expert panel and the community vote, will be announced on November 10.

  • All applications must remain accessible through November 30th, 2009.

* Schedule dates are subject to change at ComponentArt’s discretion.

The 2009 Summer Silverlight Coding Competition is sponsored by ComponentArt Inc., 511 King Street West, Suite 400, Toronto ON M5V1K4, Canada.