I. Contest

1. Object of contest. We are inviting you to create a web application using Microsoft® Silverlight™ technology that helps raise social awareness of the need for sustainable forests management, educates about the harming effects of deforestation, and inspires individual or group actions that reduce the harmful impact of human activities on forests.

To name a few examples, your application may:
  • illustrate the negative consequences of deforestation
  • may give facts about how human activities trigger deforestation
  • may give examples of successful sustainable forest management, and encourage them
  • may suggest how each of us could contribute to sustainable forest management through simple actions
  • may simply convey the Eco contest message in an attractive, viral way
2. Contest categories
The contest will select winners in two separate categories: Judge's choice and SilverlightShow Community Choice. All eligible entries received will be immediately entered into each contest category and will be judged according to the category-specific judging criteria described in Section III below.

3. Contest start and end date.
The contest starts at 12:01 am PST on January 7th and ends at 11:59 pm PST on March 6th. Entries received outside this period will be considered not eligible for taking part in this contest.

4. Contest eligibility
You may enter this contest if you meet the following requirements:
  • You are not involved in the execution and administration of the contest.
  • You are not a family or household member of a person involved in the administration and execution of the contest.

5. Contest entry requirements
Each application submitted for participation in the contest is required to meet the following content and technical requirements:
  • Тhe web application must use Microsoft® Silverlight™ 4
  • The web application must work on Silverlight 4 beta or higher
  • Contestants should submit the application source code together with their entry. The source code should be provided as a ZIP archive and should include the following items:
    • A single Visual Studio Solution containing each of the solution projects.
    • A Silverlight Application project that contains the application.
    • A Test Silverlight Web Project that will host the Silverlight application. The host web project must demonstrate the control in use.
    • The code must compile. Entries for which the code does not compile will be disregarded.
  • The application should be your own original work, and should not be awarded in another contest.
  • You must have obtained all necessary consents, approvals or licenses before you submit your entry. Your entry may not use copyrighted material, trademarks, etc without the written consent of their owners.
  • Entries must not be commercial or shareware.

6. Usage of Contest entries
By submitting your entry, you agree that you are granting us a non-exclusive, irrevocable, royalty-free, worldwide and transferable right and license to:
  • use, review, assess, test and analyze your entry and all its content in connection with the contest
  • feature your entry in selected media for promotional purposes, as well as to help support global efforts to save the environment

By submitting your entry you understand that you will not receive any compensation or credit for use of your entry, other than what is described in these contest rules.

II. Contest Participation

To submit your Silverlight-based application please access our Join Contest page and upload your web application, as instructed.
By entering this contest you agree to be bound by the contest official rules and the decision of the judges.

III. Contest Judgement

Winners in each Contest Category will be selected as follows:

Judge's Choice
After the end of the contest submission period, a team of judges will review all eligible contest entries and based on the judging criteria described below, will select one grand prize winner and one runner-up. In case of ties, they will be broken by an additional judge based on the judging criteria listed below.
Team of judges
Cigdem Patlak - community vote winner in SilvelightShow Eco Contest 2010, Silveright MVP 
Emil Stoychev - founder of SilverlightShow, Silverlight MVP 
Gill Cleeren - Microsoft Regional Director, SilverlightShow Webinar Presenter, Silverlight MVP 
Brian Noyes - Microsoft Regional Director, Silverlight MVP 
Tim Heuer - Microsoft program manager for Microsoft Silverlight

SilverlightShow Community Choice
  • We will post all eligible entries in our Community Vote gallery within two (2) business days from entry submission. Between 12:01 am PST on January 8th and 11:59 pm PST on March 10th SilverlightShow users will be asked to rate the submissions in the Community Vote Gallery, taking into consideration the Judging Criteria described below. Each user may give a 1 to 5 star rating to each of the entries in the Community Vote gallery. Each entry may be rated just once by each user.
    Note: since rating entries is based on cookies, for the sake of keeping the vote fair and honest, multiple votes from the same IP will be removed after the end of the voting period.
  • At the end of the Community voting period, a Community Choice Grand winner will be selected based on the highest average vote score received. In case of a tie between two or more entries, the tie will be broken by judges based on the criteria listed above. The participants with the next two highest average vote scores will also be rewarded.
  • In case the Community Vote winner is also selected as Grand Prize winner, the higher of the two awards will be given - that is, the Grand Prize. In such a case, the Community Vote winner will become the entry with the next highest average community rating.

For both contest categories, the decisions of the judges are final.

Judging criteria
  • Originality of idea (Visit our forests-related Resources Page for more inspiration)
  • Graphic Design/User Experience
  • Functionality
  • Quality of implementation

    IV. Prizes

1. Judge's Choice:

One (1) Grand Prize:
  1. A package to attend Microsoft MIX11 event, April 12-14,2011, at Mandalay Bay Hotel, Las Vegas. The package includes:
    • Admission to Microsoft MIX11 event, April 12-14, 2011
    • Three (3) nights hotel accommodation (for up to two people) at Mandalay Bay Hotel, Las Vegas.
    • Up to $800 for travel expenses
  2. Telerik Premium Collection for .NET: Developer License with Subscription and Priority Support. Included controls:
    • RadControls for ASP.NET AJAX 
    • RadControls for WinForms 
    • RadControls for WPF 
    • RadControls for Silverlight 
    • RadControls for Windows Phone
    • Telerik Reporting 
    • Telerik OpenAccess ORM 
    • JustCode 
    • Telerik Extensions for ASP.NET MVC 

First Runner Up Prize:
  • Admission to attend Microsoft MIX11 event April 12-14,2011, at Mandalay Bay Hotel, Las Vegas.
  • Telerik RadControls for Silverlight and WPF: Developer License with Subscription and Priority Support

2. SilverlightShow Community Choice:

One (1) Community Vote Winner Prize:
  1. Admission to Microsoft MIX11 event , April 12-14,2011, at Mandalay Bay Hotel, Las Vegas.
  2. Telerik RadControls for Silverlight: Developer License with Subscription and Priority Support
  3. Telerik RadControls for Windows Phone: Developer License with Subscription and Priority Support

Community Vote First and Second Runner Up Prizes:

  1. Telerik RadControls for Windows Phone: Developer License with Subscription and Priority Support

If the event is canceled for any reason, SilverlightShow shall have no other obligation to the winner except to provide the opportunity to attend the event.

The authors of all eligible entries will receive a SilverlightShow T-shirt via mail. Please allow 4-6 weeks after the close of the contest for t-shirt receipt by mail. The t-shirts will be shipped to the address provided by contest participants after the contest ended. Any t-shirts returned as non-deliverable will not be re-sent.

If you are selected as a winner of this contest:
  • You may not exchange your prize for cash or any other merchandise or services;
  • You may not appoint someone else as the winner. If you are unable or unwilling to accept your prize, we will award it to another potential winner.
  • You agree to hold harmless all organizers of the contest against any and all claims and liability arising from the use of your prize. You assume all liability for any injury or damage caused, or claimed to be caused, from participation in this contest or use/acceptance of the prize.

V. Announcing the winners

If you are selected as the winner, we will notify you by sending a message to the email address provided with your entry within one (1) day following winner selection. If the notification that we send is returned as undeliverable, and we are unable to contact you at the phone number provided with your entry submission within a period of 3 days from mailing, we may award the prize to another selected winner.

VI. Contest availability

In case of contest cancellation, the organizers reserve the right to withhold judgment on existing contest submissions.

  1. The contest website may experience downtime at any time during and after the contest.
  2. We reserve the right to cancel the contest if less than 3 entries are submitted by the contest end date and time.

VII. Spread the word

Let more people know about the contest! Tweet about the contest using hashtag #ecocontest, share the contest event on Facebook, or simply drop a note to your friends. Feel free to use/put this Eco contest badge on your blog to let people know you support our cause.

More contest applications may create bigger social awareness and inspire eco activities in each of us! Tiny individual steps can lead us to a greener and sustainable future on this planet we all share.


VIII. The Contest Sponsors

CompletIT delivers Silverlight webinars, custom Silverlight training and Silverlight development. As a founder of SilverlightShow portal, recognized Silverlight development company and active supporter of Silverlight community, the company keeps its Featured Microsoft Silverlight Partner recognition ever since March 2010.




Telerik Telerik  is a leading vendor of development, team productivity, and automated testing tools, as well as UI components and content management solutions for Microsoft .NET. Created with passion, Telerik products help software development teams every day to be more productive and to deliver reliable applications on time and under budget.