Free money, messaging, and software (oh my!) through Linxter and BizSpark

If you are a .NET developer, have a penchant for innovating, and a dearth of communication infrastructure… you need to enter Linxter’s Innovation Contest. The contest calls on developers to connect distributed .NET applications or services over the Internet using Linxter’s cloud messaging framework.

All contest participants receive a basic cloud messaging account from Linxter for six months at no charge. In addition, through Linxter’s partnership with Microsoft BizSpark, all contestants (who meet BizSpark eligibility requirements) will be sponsored by Microsoft into the BizSpark program.

While I must admit I have a bias (I work for Linxter), I don’t know how you can afford not to enter this contest. If you meet the Microsoft BizSpark requirements to get enrolled in their program, you get visibility with potential investors, clients, and partners, as well as a free MSDN Premium subscription (a $10,939 value!) and rights to certain production licenses.

For those who enter and win, there are some pretty cool prizes stacked on top of the participation rewards. First prize will take $1,000 cash and a 1 year Advanced Linxter account ($5,400 value). Two runners-up will each receive $250 cash and a 1 year Standard Linxter account ($600 value). In addition, Microsoft BizSpark is ponying up an Xbox360, visibility on MicrosoftStarupZone.com, and one-on-one consultation with Microsoft marketing and technology specialists for all three finalists.

Participating in the Linxter Innovation Contest is easy. Just create a Linxter account between now and Monday, October 12th, 2009 at 12:00pm EST. Submitting an entry isn’t much tougher. Simply Linxter enable an app, whether open source or commercial, and submit it by the October 12th deadline. From what I hear, Linxter enabling an app is pretty easy (there’s that bias again)!

Judging will be based on the following criteria: originality and creativity, functionality and user experience, marketability or problem addressed, and utilization of Linxter. For more information about the contest, visit http://linxter.com/innovation-contest. And one last thing… I know it’s a bit cliché to say, but remember, in this contest everyone wins.