We received some awesome submissions for our My Concept Rules contest to come up for a great idea for a cloud app using the power of Windows Azure. After much deliberation, we've decided on the four finalists.Each of these finalists will get the chance to pitch their project to the judging panel at Microsoft's REMIX conference in Sydney next week. That process will determine the ultimate winner, who will receive $40,000 in consulting and promotional services to help make their vision a reality.
Wine Guru (Simon Card)
Wine Guru is a "personal somellier" which lets you take a photo of a a wine list on your mobile phone and get instant recommendations. Windows Azure enables OCR and image matching technologies to successfully identify the wines on the list and offer advice.
Time 2 Roster (James Eling)
Time 2 Roster offers cloud-based rostering for SMEs, replacing paper-based systems with an attractive, Silverlight-based interface. Windows Azure provides the back end for a multi-tenant system, while the AppFabric Caching Service will allow speedy access and offline syncing.
Oxygen (Dave Gardner)
Oxygen is a business management application for commercial fruit and vegetable growers and contractors who work for them. Windows Azure provides a no-maintenance back-end system that allows farm management on PCs and automatically deploys tasks to mobile devices, while Bing Maps supplies relevant map data.
Twinker (Dwight Trounson)
Twinker is a tool for dedicated World of Warcraft enthusiasts which scans your WoW character and suggests activities and tasks to improve it. Windows Azure provides the infrastructure for a database which needs constant updating to reflect the changing WoW environment.
Thanks to everyone who entered! Keep an eye on Lifehacker next week for the outcome.