The Twelve Days of Geekmas 2013 Terms & Conditions


1. ELIGIBILITY. This promotion (“promotion”) is open to any person resident in the United Kingdom who is eighteen (18) years of age or older at the time of entry, as well as meeting the eligibility requirements stipulated for the relevant Competition Day in Appendix 1.

Employees of Microsoft or its affiliates, subsidiaries, advertising or promotion agencies are not eligible, nor are members of these employees’ families (defined as parents, children, siblings, spouse and life partners).

 

2. ENTRY. For each Competition Day you will need to submit the entry evidence as detailed in under Section B for each Competition Day in Appendix 1.

To the extent that entry requires the submission of user-generated content such as photos, videos, music, artwork, essays, etc., entrants warrant that their entry is their original work, has not been copied from others, and does not violate the privacy, intellectual property rights or other rights of any other person or entity.

Entries will be ineligible for the prize draw if they:

· are incomplete;

· exceed the maximum number of entries allowed per person;

· violate the rights of any other person or entity;

· are received outside of the Promotion Period set out below; or

· are reported to violate the terms governing use of the Website.

Only one (1) entry per person, per Competition Day will be accepted. No purchase necessary to enter the promotion. Entry constitutes full and unconditional acceptance of these Terms and Conditions. Microsoft is not responsible for lost, corrupted or delayed entries. Microsoft reserves the right to disqualify anyone who violates these Terms and Conditions.

3. TIMING. This promotion runs from 09.30:00 am GMT on 5th December 2013 until 11.59:59 pm GMT on the 5th January 2014 (inclusive) (the “Promotion Period”).

The promotion consists of Twelve (12) separate entry opportunities, (each a “Competition Day”), as defined in Appendix 1.

4. USE OF YOUR ENTRY. Personal data which you provide when you enter may be used for future Microsoft marketing activity if you indicate your consent to such activity (if applicable). Otherwise your personal data will be used by Microsoft and agents acting on Microsoft’s behalf only for the operation of this promotion.

5. SELECTION OF WINNERS. All valid entries will be submitted for the prize draw or judged as a finalists as described in Appendix 1.

FOR PRIZE DRAWS:
Winning entries will be determined by a random draw conducted by Microsoft Ltd. on the winner announcement date, as stipulated in Section C of each Competition Day found in Appendix 1, and will be supervised by an independent adjudicator. Chances of winning depend on the number of entries received.
FOR COMPETITIONS:
Winning entries will be determined by a panel of judges with at least one independent judge on the winner announcement date, as stipulated in Section C of each Competition Day found in Appendix 1. Judging will be based on:

o Originality of entry;

o Technical skills demonstrated;

o Adherence with the entry method as described in Section B of the Competition Day.

A maximum of one prize per eligible entry for the relevant Competition Day is allowed. Winners will be notified as described in Section D for the relevant Competition Day. If a potential winner has not confirmed receipt of the notification within TEN (10) days after the first attempt, an alternative winner will be selected on the same basis as described above (either at random for prize draws or according to the same judging criteria for competitions). Winners may be asked to provide identification proving their eligibility before they are entitled to receive the prize. Winners may be asked to participate in further publicity or advertising.

6. PRIZE(S). There will be 201 prizes in total. The prizes will be as detailed in Appendix 1.
Prizes are as stated and are not transferable. No cash alternatives available. Microsoft reserves the right to substitute the prizes with prizes of equal or greater value. All prizes will be sent by Microsoft or its agent no later than 28 days after the prize draw has been made by Microsoft. Unless otherwise stated, all prizes are subject to their manufacturer's warranty and/or terms and conditions.

Prizes may be considered as a taxable benefit to the winners. Winners will be directly responsible for accounting for and paying to HMRC, or other relevant tax authority, any tax liability arising on their prize. Please contact ukstat@microsoft.com for any query related to the taxable amount for reporting to HMRC, or other relevant tax authority.

7. WINNERS LIST. Each winner consents to his/her surname being made publicly available upon request. Winners’ names will be available for a period of 28 days after the selection of winners by written request to ukitpro@microsoft.com.

8. OTHER. No correspondence will be entered into regarding either this promotion or these Terms and Conditions. In the unlikely event of a dispute, Microsoft’s decision shall be final. Microsoft reserves the right to amend, modify, cancel or withdraw this promotion at any time but only before the delivery of prizes, without notice.

Participants in this promotion agree that Microsoft will have no liability whatsoever for any injuries, costs, damage, disappointment or losses of any kind resulting in whole or in part, directly or indirectly from acceptance, misuse or use of a prize, or from participation in this promotion. Nothing in this clause shall limit Microsoft’s liability in respect of death or personal injury arising out of its own negligence or liability arising out of Microsoft’s fraud.

Microsoft cannot guarantee the performance of any third party and shall not be liable for any act or default by a third party.

9. SPIRIT OF THE COMPETITION. If an entrant attempts to compromise the integrity or the legitimate operation of this promotion by hacking or by cheating or committing fraud in ANY way, we may seek damages from that entrant to the fullest extent permitted by law. This includes where we suspect an entrant may have multiple memberships or registrations on any Website or other entry mechanism for this promotion, in which case we may, in our absolute discretion and without the requirement to provide substantiating evidence or communication, reject and discount any entries made to this promotion by such entrant and entry methods. Further, we will disqualify that entrant’s entry or entries to this promotion and may ban the entrant from participating in any of our future promotions, so please play fairly.

Promoter: Microsoft Limited (“Microsoft”), Microsoft Campus, Thames Valley Park, Reading, RG6 1WG, England

 

 

APPENDIX 1

Competition Day 12 – 5th December 2013

A. ELIGIBILITY.
In addition to the restrictions in Section 1 of the terms and conditions for this competition, the entrant must also be a registered member of the Website http://www.twitter.com (the "Website"). IF YOU ARE NOT A REGISTERED MEMBER OF THE WEBSITE YOUR ENTRY WILL NOT BE VALID AND YOU WILL NOT BE ABLE TO WIN A PRIZE. Follow the instructions on the Website to register.

B. ENTRY.
To be entered into the competition you must:
Create a festive image with the Didlr app, tweet it to @TechNetUK and label the tweet with the hashtag #Geekmas between the Competition Opening Date and the Competition Closing Date. An individual may only enter this Competition Day’s competition once, irrespective of the Website account through which such entry is made. That is, you may not use multiple accounts or registrations to enter this Competition Day’s competition.

C. TIMING.

Competition Opening Date: 5th December 2013 09:30am
Competition Closing Date: 5th December 2013 11:59pm
Winner Announcement Date 6th December 2013 09:30am

D. SELECTION OF WINNERS.

In accordance with Section 5 of this document, all valid entries for this Competition Day will be judged as a finalist.

Winners will be notified through the Website by 6th December 2013.

E. PRIZES.

12x prize packages consisting of:
1x Customised Didlr Mousemat (£10 approximate value)

 


 

Competition Day 11 – 6th December 2013

A. ELIGIBILITY. 

In addition to the restrictions in Section 1 of the terms and conditions for this competition, the entrant must also be a registered member of the Website http://www.twitter.com (the "Website").  IF YOU ARE NOT A REGISTERED MEMBER OF THE WEBSITE YOUR ENTRY WILL NOT BE VALID AND YOU WILL NOT BE ABLE TO WIN A PRIZE.  Follow the instructions on the Website to register.

B. ENTRY.

To be entered into the competition you must:
Create a picture of their office decorations using a festive filter in the Photofunia app, tweet it to @TechNetUK and label the tweet with the hashtag #Geekmas between the Competition Opening Date and the Competition Closing Date. An individual may only enter this Competition Day’s competition once, irrespective of the Website account through which such entry is made. That is, you may not use multiple accounts or registrations to enter this Competition Day’s competition.

 C. TIMING.

Competition Opening Date: 6th December 2013 09:30am
Competition Closing Date: 6th December 2013 11:59pm
Winner Announcement Date: 9th December 2013 09:30am 

D. SELECTION OF WINNERS.

In accordance with Section 5 of this document, all valid entries for this Competition Day will be judged as a finalist.

Winners will be notified through the Website by 9th December 2013.

E. PRIZES.

11x prize packages consisting of:
1x First Aid Kit (£8 approximate value), 1x TechNet Mug (£5 approximate value), 1x Pen (£1 approximate value)

 


 
Competition Day 10 – 9th December 2013

A. ELIGIBILITY. 

In addition to the restrictions in Section 1 of the terms and conditions for this competition, the entrant must also be a registered member of the Website http://www.twitter.com (the "Website").  IF YOU ARE NOT A REGISTERED MEMBER OF THE WEBSITE YOUR ENTRY WILL NOT BE VALID AND YOU WILL NOT BE ABLE TO WIN A PRIZE.  Follow the instructions on the Website to register.

 B. ENTRY.

To be entered into the competition you must:
Follow @TechNetUK and Tweet “I’m getting my #Geekmas on with @TechNetUK, join in to win some festive prizes!” between the Competition Opening Date and the Competition Closing Date. An individual may only enter this Competition Day’s competition once, irrespective of the Website account through which such entry is made. That is, you may not use multiple accounts or registrations to enter this Competition Day’s competition.

C. TIMING.

Competition Opening Date: 9th December 2013 09:30am
Competition Closing Date: 9th December 2013 11:59pm
Winner Announcement Date: 10th December 2013 09:30am

D. SELECTION OF WINNERS.

In accordance with Section 5 of this document, all valid entries for this Competition Day will be submitted for the prize draw.

Winners will be notified through the Website by 10th December 2013.

E. PRIZES.

10x prize packages consisting of:
1x Mag-Lite Solitaire Mini Torch (£10 approximate value), 1x TechNet Mug (£5 approximate value), 1x Pen (£1 approximate value)

 


 

Competition Day 9 – 10th December 2013

A. ELIGIBILITY. 

In addition to the restrictions in Section 1 of the terms and conditions for this competition, the entrant must also be a registered member of the Website http://www.facebook.com (the "Website").  IF YOU ARE NOT A REGISTERED MEMBER OF THE WEBSITE YOUR ENTRY WILL NOT BE VALID AND YOU WILL NOT BE ABLE TO WIN A PRIZE.  Follow the instructions on the Website to register.

B. ENTRY.

To be entered into the competition you must:

Like the TechNetUK Facebook page http://www.facebook.com/TechNetUK and leave a comment on the ‘Tips and Tricks for Windows 8.1’ promotional post telling us your top Windows 8 tip, between the Competition Opening Date and the Competition Closing Date. An individual may only enter this Competition Day’s competition once, irrespective of the Website account through which such entry is made. That is, you may not use multiple accounts or registrations to enter this Competition Day’s competition. 

C. TIMING.

Competition Opening Date: 10th December 2013 09:30am
Competition Closing Date: 10th December 2013 11:59pm
Winner Announcement Date: 11th December 2013 09:30am

D. SELECTION OF WINNERS.

In accordance with Section 5 of this document, all valid entries for this Competition Day will be submitted for the prize draw.

Winners will be notified through the Website by 11th December 2013.

E. PRIZES.

9x prize packages consisting of:
1x Microsoft Thermos Flask (£10 approximate value), 1x TechNet Mug (£5 approximate value), 1x Pen (£1 approximate value)

 


 

Competition Day 8 – 11th December 2013

A. ELIGIBILITY.

In addition to the restrictions in Section 1 of the terms and conditions for this competition, the entrant must also be a registered member of the Website http://www.twitter.com (the "Website").  IF YOU ARE NOT A REGISTERED MEMBER OF THE WEBSITE YOUR ENTRY WILL NOT BE VALID AND YOU WILL NOT BE ABLE TO WIN A PRIZE.  Follow the instructions on the Website to register.

B. ENTRY.

To be entered into the competition you must:

Tweet @TechNetUK with the correct answer to the question “How many users can access a single Visual Studio Online account for free?” and follow @VisualStudioUK between the Competition Opening Date and the Competition Closing Date to be in with a chance of winning. An individual may only enter this Competition Day’s competition once, irrespective of the Website account through which such entry is made. That is, you may not use multiple accounts or registrations to enter this Competition Day’s competition.

C. TIMING.

Competition Opening Date: 11th December 2013 09:30am
Competition Closing Date: 11th December 2013 11:59pm
Winner Announcement Date: 12th December 2013 09:30am

D. SELECTION OF WINNERS.

In accordance with Section 5 of this document, all valid entries for this Competition Day  will be submitted for the prize draw.

Winners will be notified through the Website by 12th December 2013.

E. PRIZES.

8x prize packages consisting of:
1x Reindeer ASCII Art Visual Studio T-Shirt (£15 approximate value)

 


 

Competition Day 7 – 12th December 2013

A. ELIGIBILITY. 

In addition to the restrictions in Section 1 of the terms and conditions for this competition, the entrant must also be a registered member of the Website http://www.twitter.com (the "Website").  IF YOU ARE NOT A REGISTERED MEMBER OF THE WEBSITE YOUR ENTRY WILL NOT BE VALID AND YOU WILL NOT BE ABLE TO WIN A PRIZE.  Follow the instructions on the Website to register.

B. ENTRY.

To be entered into the competition you must:

  • Follow @TechNetUK on Twitter AND
  • Download the Windows Server 2012 R2 Evaluation from the TechNet Evaluation Center http://technet.microsoft.com/en-gb/evalcenter/dn205286.aspx AND
  • Tweet a screenshot of your evaluation software downloading to @TechNetUK and label the tweet with the hashtag #Geekmas between the Competition Opening Date and the Competition Closing Date.

An individual may only enter this Competition Day’s competition once, irrespective of the Website account through which such entry is made. That is, you may not use multiple accounts or registrations to enter this Competition Day’s competition.

C. TIMING.

Competition Opening Date: 12th December 2013 09:30am
Competition Closing Date: 12th December 2013 11:59pm
Winner Announcement Date: 13th December 2013 09:30am

D. SELECTION OF WINNERS.

In accordance with Section 5 of this document, all valid entries for this Competition Day  will be submitted for the prize draw.

Winners will be notified through the Website by 17th December 2013.

E. PRIZES.

7x prize packages consisting of:
1x Microsoft Private Cloud Computing Book (ISBN 9781118251478) (£23 approximate value), 1x TechNet Tidy T-Shirt (£15 approximate value)

 


 

Competition Day 6 – 13th December 2013

A. ELIGIBILITY. 

For this Competition Day, there are no restrictions in addition to those in Section 1 of the terms and conditions for this competition.

B. ENTRY.

To be entered into the competition you must:

Visit the TechNetUK Blog post for Competition day 6 (http://blogs.technet.com/b/uktechnet/archive/2013/12/09/competition-the-twelve-days-of-geekmas-six-geeks-a-playing.aspx) and provide the correct answer to the following question in the comments section between the Competition Opening Date and the Competition Closing Date to be in with a chance of winning:

Which of these options is most relevant in ensuring consistently high transaction rates in a performant SQL OLTP workload?

a)      Adequate IOP
b)      Adequate Bandwidth
c)      Low Latency
d)      All of the above

An individual may only enter this Competition Day’s competition once, irrespective of the Website account through which such entry is made. That is, you may not use multiple accounts or registrations to enter this Competition Day’s competition.

C. TIMING.

Competition Opening Date: 13th December 2013 09:30am
Competition Closing Date: 13th December 2013 11:59pm
Winner Announcement Date: 16th December 2013 09:30am

D. SELECTION OF WINNERS.

In accordance with Section 5 of this document, all valid entries for this Competition Day  will be submitted for the prize draw.

Winners will be notified on the TechNetUK Blog (http://blogs.technet.com/b/uktechnet) and followed up with by email to the address provided by the potential winner by 16th December 2013.

E. PRIZES.

6x prize packages consisting of:
1x Lego Fusion-io ioDrive 2 (£40 approximate value), 2x Lego Hero Factory Figure (£18 approximate value)


 

Competition Day 5 – 16th December 2013

A. ELIGIBILITY. 

In addition to the restrictions in Section 1 of the terms and conditions for this competition, the entrant must also be a registered member of the Website http://www.twitter.com (the "Website").  IF YOU ARE NOT A REGISTERED MEMBER OF THE WEBSITE YOUR ENTRY WILL NOT BE VALID AND YOU WILL NOT BE ABLE TO WIN A PRIZE.  Follow the instructions on the Website to register.

 B. ENTRY.

To be entered into the competition you must:

  • Download the Instagram application AND
  • Take a photograph of the oldest tech item in your office using the Instagram application AND
  • Tweet your photograph to @TechNetUK and label the tweet with the hashtag #Geekmas between the Competition Opening Date and the Competition Closing Date.

An individual may only enter this Competition Day’s competition once, irrespective of the Website account through which such entry is made. That is, you may not use multiple accounts or registrations to enter this Competition Day’s competition.

C. TIMING.

Competition Opening Date: 16th December 2013 09:30am
Competition Closing Date: 16th December 2013 11:59pm
Winner Announcement Date: 17th December 2013 09:30am

D. SELECTION OF WINNERS.

In accordance with Section 5 of this document, all valid entries for this Competition Day will be judged as a finalist.

Winners will be notified through the Website by 17th December 2013.

E. PRIZES.

5x prize packages consisting of:
1x Windows Azure X-Mini v1.1 Travel Speaker (£10 approximate value), 1x Windows 7 Mug (£5 approximate value), 1x Nokia Music Rockstar T-Shirt (£15 approximate value)


 

Competition Day 4 – 17th December 2013

A. ELIGIBILITY. 

In addition to the restrictions in Section 1 of the terms and conditions for this competition, the entrant must also be a registered member of the Website http://www.twitter.com (the "Website").  IF YOU ARE NOT A REGISTERED MEMBER OF THE WEBSITE YOUR ENTRY WILL NOT BE VALID AND YOU WILL NOT BE ABLE TO WIN A PRIZE.  Follow the instructions on the Website to register.

B. ENTRY.

To be entered into the competition you must:

  • Follow @TechNetUK on Twitter AND
  • Register for a Windows Azure trial on the Windows Azure website  the Windows Server 2012 R2 Evaluation from the TechNet Evaluation Center http://www.windowsazure.com/en-us/pricing/free-trial/ AND
  • Tweet a screenshot of your Windows Azure portal to @TechNetUK and label the tweet with the hashtag #Geekmas between the Competition Opening Date and the Competition Closing Date.

An individual may only enter this Competition Day’s competition once, irrespective of the Website account through which such entry is made. That is, you may not use multiple accounts or registrations to enter this Competition Day’s competition.

C. TIMING.

Competition Opening Date: 17th December 2013 09:30am
Competition Closing Date: 17th December 2013 11:59pm
Winner Announcement Date: 18th December 2013 09:30am

D. SELECTION OF WINNERS.

In accordance with Section 5 of this document, all valid entries for this Competition Day  will be submitted for the prize draw.

Winners will be notified through the Website by 18th December 2013.

E. PRIZES.

4x prize packages consisting of:
1x Tamco eVolution eV.01 Infrared Helicopter (£25 approximate value), 1x Microsoft Arc Mouse (£30 approximate value)



Competition Day 3 – 18th December 2013

A. ELIGIBILITY. 

In addition to the restrictions in Section 1 of the terms and conditions for this competition, the entrant must also be a registered member of the Website http://www.microsoftvirtualacademy.com (the "Website").  IF YOU ARE NOT A REGISTERED MEMBER OF THE WEBSITE YOUR ENTRY WILL NOT BE VALID AND YOU WILL NOT BE ABLE TO WIN A PRIZE.  Follow the instructions on the Website to register.

 B. ENTRY.

To be entered into the competition you must:

An individual may only enter this Competition Day’s competition once, irrespective of the Website account through which such entry is made. That is, you may not use multiple accounts or registrations to enter this Competition Day’s competition.

C. TIMING.

Competition Opening Date: 18th December 2013 09:30am
Competition Closing Date: 18th December 2013 11:59pm
Winner Announcement Date: 19th December 2013 09:30am

D. SELECTION OF WINNERS.

In accordance with Section 5 of this document, all valid entries for this Competition Day will be submitted for the prize draw. 

Winners will be notified by email to the address provided by the potential winner during registration to the Website by 19th December 2013.

E. PRIZES.

3x prize packages consisting of:
1x Kinect for Xbox 360 Development Kit (£50 approximate value), 1x Windows 8 Professional (£72 approximate value)


 

Competition Day 2 – 19th December 2013

A. ELIGIBILITY. 

In addition to the restrictions in Section 1 of the terms and conditions for this competition, the entrant must also be a registered member of the Website http://www.twitter.com (the "Website").  IF YOU ARE NOT A REGISTERED MEMBER OF THE WEBSITE YOUR ENTRY WILL NOT BE VALID AND YOU WILL NOT BE ABLE TO WIN A PRIZE.  Follow the instructions on the Website to register.

B. ENTRY.

To be entered into the competition you must:

An individual may only enter this Competition Day’s competition once, irrespective of the Website account through which such entry is made. That is, you may not use multiple accounts or registrations to enter this Competition Day’s competition.

C. TIMING.

Competition Opening Date: 19th December 2013 09:30am
Competition Closing Date: 19th December 2013 11:59pm
Winner Announcement Date: 20th December 2013 09:30am

D. SELECTION OF WINNERS.

In accordance with Section 5 of this document, all valid entries for this Competition Day will be submitted for the prize draw.

Winners will be notified through the Website by 20th December 2013.

E. PRIZES.

2x prize package consisting of:
2x Tickets to The Gadget Show Live at NEC Birmingham with super theatre entry, valid for a single days entry between 9th and 13th April 2014 inclusive , 1x Nokia Lumia 820 Development Kit Smartphone (£194 approximate value), 1x Nokia Wireless Charging Plate (£30 approximate value), 1x Nokia Music NFC Key ring (£3 approximate value)


 

Competition Day 1 – 20th December 2013

A. ELIGIBILITY. 

For this Competition Day, there are no restrictions in addition to those in Section 1 of the terms and conditions for this competition.

B. ENTRY.

To be entered into the competition you must:

  • Write a 500 (+/- 10%) word article on the subject of “What I wish I knew this year” AND
  • Email your article to

Comments (8)

  1. Anonymous says:

    On the Fifth day of Geekmas, my true love gave to me….. Five old things!
    Welcome to the Fifth

  2. Anonymous says:

    Please note: Competition now closed
    On the Sixth day of Geekmas, my true love gave to me….

  3. Anonymous says:

    On the Fourth day of Geekmas, my true love gave to me….. Four Jolly Nerds!
    Welcome to the Fourth

  4. Anonymous says:

    On the Third day of Geekmas, my true love gave to me….. Three VM’s!
    Welcome to the third

  5. Anonymous says:

    On the second day of Geekmas, my true love gave to me….. Two Beta Tests!
    Welcome to the second

  6. Anonymous says:

    On the last day of Geekmas, my true love gave to me….. A Present from the TechNet Team!
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  7. Anonymous says:

    On the twelfth day of Geekmas, my true love gave to me….. Twelve Doodler’s Didling.
    Welcome

  8. Anonymous says:

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