Competition entries will close 12 August 2005, and the winners will be announced at this year's Microsoft Tech Ed NZ 2005 event in Auckland (no, I don't know what happens if you win but you are not registered to Tech Ed NZ 2005 - Microsoft anyone?).
Microsoft Tech Ed this year promises to be the biggest and best local event yet, with Prashant Sridharan (Senior Product Manager of Visual Studio 2005) coming down to New Zealand.
There are two sections in the competition: one for individual developers, and the second for developers that are part of a development team.
Individual Developers need to develop an application that highlights the new features in .NET 2.0. The application will be judged for originality, and unique use of .NET 2.0 features. Additionally, you will need to provide a short testimonial describing how the new features in Visual Studio 2005 Team System (application designer, unit testing, code coverage, code profiling, load testing etc) enabled you to develop more efficiently, and ensure a higher quality deliverable. You should submit both the source and a binary of the completed application.
Development Teams need to write a short case-study (2-3 pages) describing how Visual Studio 2005 Team System and Visual Studio 2005 Team Foundation Server was used in a team development environment. Contestants can be 1 or more individuals from the development team. The case study should highlight how the team used Visual Studio 2005 Team System and Visual Studio 2005 Team Foundation Server, and how this combination enhanced the development process of the team. Additionally, contestants should focus on how Visual Studio 2005 Team System and Visual Studio 2005 Team Foundation Server worked with any existing methodology (formal or informal) used by the team, and how it enhanced the use of that methodology. Descriptions of the implementation of best practices (daily builds, risk management, daily unit testing etc) using Visual Studio 2005 Team System and Visual Studio 2005 Team Foundation Server, or how non-development resources (project managers and test) used Visual Studio 2005 Team System and Visual Studio 2005 Team Foundation Server will earn additional points.
There is a special category called "I'm creative, I think outside the square", with a special prize awarded to an entry in either of the above two categories that makes the judges go “I never thought of using it to do that!”...
Now, Microsoft NZ is giving some good prizes away, but I wouldn't mind seeing a Xbox 360 in that list, not only games...