I’m excited to announce that the Rock Paper Azure Challenge is back again for a spring fling! If you want to learn about Windows Azure and have some fun doing it, your opportunity is here. With a free 90-day trial, anyone who lives in the US (who is not a Microsoft employee) can take the challenge!
The Spring Fling round of the Rock Paper Azure Challenge is open starting this week and runs through June 15, 2012! Each week on Friday at 2pm, the top three “bots” will receive Best Buy Gift Cards ($50, $25, and $10). If you’re bot has staying power, you can win week after week!
To keep it interesting for all players, there will be three sweepstakes prizes awarded at the end on June 15, 2012 to randomly drawn entries in the Spring Fling round. All you have to do is get in the game for a chance to win:
- A Nokia Lumia 800 Windows Phone
- A 4GB XBox 360 with Kinect, or
- A Kinect sensor for XBox 360
What is the Rock Paper Azure Challenge?
I first announced the Rock Paper Azure Challenge here back in April 2011. The RPA Challenge is a fun way for developers to learn about Windows Azure and possibly win a few prizes along the way. In short, you get to code a “bot” that will play the childhood game of “Rock, Paper, Scissors” against other contestants’ bots. The game allows you to flex your coding skills by rewarding developers for coming up with the best best “bot” algorithm.
Now is the time to get in the game and code your best bot!
Get started with the “Get Started” page on the Rock Paper Azure Challenge website. This page has links to the downloads and screencasts that step you through the Bot coding process:
Good luck this time around! And if you have any questions, post them here or e-mail us at rockpaperazure AT microsoft.com.