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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

To try the application, visit (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 in particular. The idea is to offer 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

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

Honorable Mentions:

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



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