UK's top devs compete for £1,000 Cloud Hack prize

More than 300 app developers are set to descend on London on Saturday for Microsoft's 'Cloud Hack' - a one-day event aimed at finding the cream of the UK's programming talent, with a £1,000 prize up for grabs.

Attendees will be given access to cloud-based information and APIs from four organisations - National Rail Enquiries, PayPal, Microsoft's own Bing Maps, and Huddle - which they can use to develop cloud-based apps.

National Rail Enquiries will be supplying developers with departures information services. NRE has so far agreed over 70 licences with developers to provide information about rail services, with 30 mobile phone apps including the Train Times UK app and the Rail Planner Live app.

Chris Scoggins, Chief Executive of NRE, said: "The hack day provides a great forum for developers to work on our information services to see what new ideas they can come up with. Since we began licensing apps a few years ago, we've dealt with numerous individual developers who have gone on to produce highly successful programmes that are used more than a hundred thousand times a day.

"But we're always open to new ideas and keen to work with developers to bring to the market good ideas for apps that will make rail travel quicker and easier for the millions of people who catch a train every day."

More information about the Cloud Hack day - including last-minute registration - is available at www.thecloudhack.com.