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Windows MC Install Contest Deadline Nears

August 1 at midnight is cutoff for Ultimate Install contest.

Redmond, WA — The deadline to submit Windows Media Center-based installation to the 2008 Windows Media Center Ultimate Install contest is this Friday, August 1, 2008 at midnight. This design contest, now in its second year, seeks to recognize the residential integration business that best utilizes Windows Media Center (WMC) in a custom home installation project.

The winning installer will be chosen and announced at a special, VIP press event at CEDIA EXPO in Denver, on September 6, 2008, and receive a free trip to the show courtesy of Microsoft.

Last years winner, Imperium Smart Systems LLC, showcased a home that used WMC as the main platform and interface for controlling all of the familys entertainment and many of the homes subsystems. Microsoft has seen Windows Media Center accelerate in the custom integration market this year through the increased participation from installers in events and training at Media Center Boot Camp and EHXs Media Center University. This contest encourages installers to show off their talents and present their most unique and creative installations using Windows Media Center technology.

The basics:

A company may submit up to two unique entries to the contest.
Entry form and detailed submission process can be found at
Each entry must contain information regarding the project cost and engineering details of the installation, a minimum of five photos of the project (max 10) and an installation overview with highlights and a list of integrated components used
The installation must be completed before the close of the contest entry period.

In addition to the trip to CEDIA, the winning installer receives:

An all-expense paid trip for two to Microsoft, including airfare and two-night hotel accommodations in Seattle, with a campus tour and a $1,000 cash prize.

A photo shoot of the winning installation

A technology prize package for the winning home owner, including an Xbox360 Elite, games and Zune mp3 players with a home AV kit.