February 15, 2007 5:40 AM PST

Microsoft, BT launch mashup contest

Microsoft and BT have launched a mashup competition, offering prizes of up to $25,000 to the winning developers.

The companies are looking for entries that combine today's Internet and telecommunications applications to create something new and useful. The competition will be part of Microsoft's Connected Services Sandbox--an environment where developers can create and test new mashups--which launched two months ago.

Mashups are applications that take data from several Web services to create a new offering. They were one of the hot topics of 2006, riding on the back of the excitement surrounding Web 2.0.

"With the Sandbox environment, we have the ability to see new services created and developed from concept to market," said Bill Murphy, managing director of BT Business. "We anticipate that the Sandbox competitions will provide us with compelling business opportunities that we can ultimately deliver to our customers."

Murphy said one target will be unified communications solutions for companies of up to 10 employees.

Within their mashup, developers can consider applications such as voice, e-mail, instant messaging and document collaboration with Web services such as Windows Live, as well as the services of eBay, Google and Amazon.com, among others.

Winning developers will be rewarded with either a financial prize or what the companies call a "nonmonetary promotional program." They will be announced at a Chicago trade show in June.

Richard Thurston of ZDNet UK reported from London.

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25k for a new revenue stream? I think not...
Why would I leave the 250 million in revenue my mashup could have had to M$ and BT ? Why shoudl I sign away all rights to my code just as the price of entering the contest? Why should I give them the germ of the idea so they can go develop it?

Yeah- for 25 grand, I'll just give away some brilliant new mashup. Golly, with that kind of money, I can pay for my freshman year.
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If your crappy 2.0 mashup is worth 250 million then why would you bother entering it into a competition in the first place.

Another day another ******* "Microsoft are evil...Microsoft are evil...Microsoft are evil...Microsoft are evil...Microsoft are evil...Microsoft are evil...Microsoft are evil...Microsoft are evil...Microsoft are evil...Microsoft are evil..." rant.

How long before the Linux and Apple cultists wade in ?
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