If you’re a developer here in the U.S., there’s a new contest going on now called “Will Code for Green” that’s designed to promote the launch of the new Bing API. Developers are being encouraged to build useful web applications that take advantage of the API’s capabilities in one of two green-themed categories Economy or Ecology. (Code for “green” – get it?): And two lucky developers will win the grand prize of $10,000 each. They’ll also receive a 3-year BizSpark membership if their startup is eligible. Runners up will receive $3000 in cash in addition to BizSpark memberships.
Applications in the Economy category should help people deal with the worsening global economy in some way and the applications in the Ecology category should help improve the ecology of planet Earth. The applications can be either web applications in the traditional sense or they can be “mashups.”
To sign up, just enter your email address on the Will Code for Green site to get started. Winners will be announced at this year’s 2009 Gnomedex technology conference. If you’re in the Seattle area, you can attend a “Will Code for Green” hackathon on June 27th hosted by Microsoft. More details here.