Orchard V1 launched six weeks ago and we are already seeing heightened interest in the project:  the downloads of Orchard.Web.zip from orchard.codeplex.com are over 24k, we’ve got about 100 module and theme extensions submitted to the new orchard gallery, and the discussion forums are buzzing with activity.

However Orchard being the newest CMS out there needs lots more modules to help make it grow and become a viable choice for many. There are tons of cool things that still need to be built and everyone likes to win cool stuff so to that end I’d like to invite you to enter the Orchard Module Challenge –put your MVC 3 skills to work to build modules that tens or even hundreds of thousands of others will come to rely upon to build their websites.

Round 1 ends on March 15, 2011 so now is the time to get in.

About the Orchard Module Challenge

You can find the official rules and entry requirements on the Orchard Module Challenge website.  The contest will be run in two rounds, and is pretty straightforward:

1) In Round 1, you’ll submit an idea for a module (name, description) on the contest site, build your module and submit it to the gallery, and then update your contest entry to point to the ID of the module you’d like to submit for judging (we’ll take the most recent submission at the close of Round 1, on March 15, 2011).  Your module will be evaluated based on usefulness to Orchard community and how well it takes advantage of (or extends) the Orchard platform. 

2) The top modules submitted in Round 1 will advance to Round 2, which extends through April 1, 2011.  In Round 2, you’ll be given a hosting account you can use to build a website that demonstrates your module to its fullest.  When Round 2 closes for judging, the top 3 modules and websites will be selected as winning entries. 

We’ve got some great prizes to give away for this competition, and the winning entries will be announced at the Mix ’11 conference (April 12-14, 2011). 

Let the games begin!