Director of Marketing for TurboSquid, Michele Bousquet, sent me the following note:
In partnership with Autodesk, TurboSquid has just opened up Revit Market, a marketplace especially for user-generated Revit families. Revit Market is designed to complement Autodesk Seek.
To encourage users to publish Revit families for sale, TurboSquid is holding a Revit Contest with cash prizes up to $2500. Deadline is Jan. 31, 2009.
Serendipitously I also got a note from our own Product Marketing Manager Jim Wilson:
In collaboration with Autodesk® Seek, the online source for building product design information, TurboSquid, the largest online marketplace of 3D assets, has just launched Revit Market, a marketplace for users of the Autodesk Revit applications to browse, buy and sell user-generated Revit® content through TurboSquid.
Complementing the Autodesk Seek web service, which gives architects and engineers access to a breadth of manufacturers’ product design information, Revit Market will focus on models developed and sold by users working in Revit and related design applications. Revit Market opens a new opportunity for content developers and sellers to reach the growing market of Revit Architecture, Revit Structure and Revit MEP users.
As part of the official Revit Market launch on December 2nd during AU in Las Vegas, TurboSquid and Autodesk kicked off a contest to encourage content developers to create and upload Revit models to Revit Market. The contest, which runs through January 31st, will reward the most compelling content published to Revit Market. A variety of cash and prizes will be awarded. More information can be found at http://www.turbosquid.com/Revit-Contest.
I got the same story from both the Autodesk and TurboSquid sides. Someone must be telling the truth. :-) Recall that Autodesk Seek started out on Labs as "Content Search alpha." This technology has evolved quite quickly. Good luck with the contest!