Looking to show off your skills in building cloud applications using either .NET or PHP?  Like to make a little $$ while you are at it.  Well, if you bring your A game, you just might have a shot in the new developer competition that Microsoft is running.  You can check out the details on the contest web site, and find links to all the tools you need to get started. 

I’m looking forward to seeing some cool ideas come out of this and participating in the community judging. 

From the website: 

new CloudApp() is a US-based developer challenge for .NET & PHP developers creating cloud applications or services (hereafter "application") on the Azure%u2122 Services Platform. Have your application judged by industry leaders Om Malik and Michael Cote and share your cloud coding skills with other developers. Grand Prize Winners will be announced on stage at Structure 09 and featured on azure.com.

Unfortunately, for those of you not in the US, you read that correctly, and this is only open to folks residing in the 50 states and DC.  I’m sure it is for legal reasons, but that definitely limits the amount of cool submissions we’ll be seeing.