Contestants built an innovative and entrepreneurial application using Visual Studio 2005 with Amazon Web Services. The winner won the grand prize: $5,000. Second prize: Visual Studio w/MSDN subscription. Third prize: $500 Amazon Gift Certificate. The first 100 entries received an Amazon Web Services t-shirt.
Judging was based on the following criteria:
- Creativity of Application
The uniqueness of the idea or implementation.
- AWS Service Integration
The quality and extent to which the AWS services are integrated into the application as a whole.
- Commercial Appeal
The consumer or business value represented in the application, e.g., is there market appeal for the application?
- Fit and Polish
How good is the look and feel? How stable and robust is the application?
First Prize: My 10 Wishes -- Lucy Krasilshik
My 10 Wishes is an interactive and application that lets children pick what they would like for Christmas from a simplified list of Amazon toys/games. The list is emailed to a parent for convenient shopping at Amazon.com.
To try the application, visit http://www.my10wishes.com/ (best viewed with Internet Explorer).
Second Prize: Amazames -- Amit Gupta
Amazames is a portal for casual games related to online shopping in general and shopping at Amazon.com in particular. The idea is to offer Amazon.com products'-based variants of popular/addictive casual games with the objective to entertain, promote and cross-sell (via ads or product placement in games).
For more information, see http://www.geocities.com/amit9upta/blog/msawscontest.htm
Third Prize: FeatFinder -- Mathias Cianci
FeatFinder is an application that lets users explore relationships between artists. It is loosely based on the “six degrees of separation” theory, where any artist is related to any other artist by no more than six intermediate artists.
To see a demo, visit http://mathias.cianci.free.fr/.
Andrew McTeer -- Application: Translation Manager
Amie Kweon -- Application: Amazon Score
Dan Finkelstein -- Application: Amazon Song Explorer
Francis Shanahan -- Application: Long Tail
Mihn Tran -- Application: My Media