Management Pack Extensions Contest, from System Center Central, is all about creating add-ons or extensions to any of the MPs in System Center MP Catalog. “It’s broadly open to community, but requires submitting entries on SystemCenterCentral. While focus may typically be on Operations Manager MPs, we’re also taking all qualified entries for management/configuration packs for other System Center products (such as System Center Essentials). Officially System Center Influencers Program is sponsoring it, but it’s being run entirely by members of the community associated with System Center Central. You’ll find plenty of helpful info (pdf) over on their site, and rules. There’re 6 prizes up for grabs (total purse is $2000), so there’s a real good chance you could grab some cool cash for putting together a nifty extension that the rest of the community can enjoy. Contest runs through June 7, which we might want to dub MPE Day, in the honor of that other, famous alphabet-soup day that falls on June 6,” notes Microsoft.