Microsoft is running a Windows Azure Marketplace: The DataMarket Contest, Jan’3-Mar’31st 2011.
“Build an innovative cloud app on Windows Azure Platform using datasets from Windows Azure Marketplace. EIGHT winners could win an Intel i7 laptop plus another chance at the grand prize of an Xbox 360 with Kinect!”
“Windows Azure platform is a flexible cloud–computing platform from Microsoft, that lets you focus on solving business problems and addressing customer needs.
Azure Marketplace allows you to share, buy and sell building block components, training, premium data sets plus finished services and applications. DataMarket provides one stop for trusted public domain and premium datasets from leading data providers in the industry. DataMarket enhances Windows Azure Platform with Information as a Service capability. DataMarket has various free datasets from providers like United Nations, Data.gov, World Bank, Weather Bug, Weather Central, Alteryx, STATS, Wolfram Alpha etc.”
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