Invasion of the Robots Contest

John Musser, May 16th, 2006

RobotInvasionRobots are invading Microsoft. Or at least that’s the goal of the contest launched yesterday over at the new Windows Live site $40,000 worth of prizes are up for grabs to the developers who create the best “conversational robots”, or bots, for MSN Messenger and Windows Live Messenger. Prizes include a $10,000 Alienware MJ-12 workstation, a $5,000 Bose entertainment system, laptops, and others.

Entries will be judged on 4 criteria, each evenly weighted: user interaction, usefulness, creativity, and use of multiple windows Live services. Applicable services include the Activity API, Alerts, Virtual Earth, MSN Spaces, Gadgets and Windows Live.

BTW, you are allowed to insert ads into your bots but the option is available only in U.S. through partner Kanoodle.

The /contests page here has been updated with details. Promises to be an interesting competition.

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5 Responses to “Invasion of the Robots Contest”

May 18th, 2006
at 11:40 am
Comment by: Don for additional prizes.

May 19th, 2006
at 3:26 am
Comment by: Techi Forla

Speaking of bots, check out my personal favorite – Spleak… 20-year-old living in New York. Loads of funny stuff, such as Chuck Norris facts!

May 20th, 2006
at 4:53 am
Comment by: Techi Forla

Just add to your MSN contacts list.

July 24th, 2006
at 12:21 am
Comment by: » Blog Archive » More Interesting Mashups, Part 2

[...] Dubyabot: A new MSN Messenger robot that will converse with you using quotes from our fearless leader. An entry to the ongoing Invasion of the Robots Contest. [...]

January 11th, 2007
at 4:12 am
Comment by: kerem

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