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Worldwide Partner Conference 2014
Partner Pursuit at WPC
Make connections. Earn points. Win prizes.

Partner Pursuit is a gaming experience that allows partners who are onsite at the Worldwide Partner Conference from July 7-11 to earn points and win awesome prizes—all while making meaningful business connections and exploring the conference. Networking with partners, exhibitors and Microsoft employees is one of the most important feature of WPC. Partner Pursuit not only allows you to do this, but allows you to do it in a fun and engaging way.
 
The game is simple: while in Houston, scan tags or complete activities at various locations throughout the convention center and you will be awarded the corresponding points outlined in the table below. Participants will then be entered into a random prize drawing based on the activities in which they participate and for which they qualify. Engage with all that WPC has to offer while increasing your chances to win!
 
Full rules and participation guidelines can be found below.

 
 
UPDATE July 7, 2013: Note: The Sunday, July 7 sweepstakes entry period opportunity for all attendees who complete the Check into Registration tagging activity has been extended. Qualification for this specific sweepstakes activity consummates at 4:00 p.m. CT, July 8, 2013. Winners will be notified via email on July 8, 2013. This means more time for partners to qualify for this random drawing. On Monday, July 8, two drawings will therefore be held; the “Check into Registration” drawing and the “Check into a Skype Station” drawing.
 
 
PARTNER PURSUIT at the MICROSOFT WORLDWIDE PARTNER CONFERENCE
 
NO PURCHASE NECESSARY. 
 
PLEASE NOTE: It is your sole responsibility to review and understand your employer’s policies regarding your eligibility to participate in trade promotions.  If you are participating in violation of your employer’s policies, you may be disqualified from entering or receiving prizes.  Microsoft disclaims any and all liability or responsibility for disputes arising between an employee and their employer related to this matter, and prizes will only be awarded in compliance with the employer’s policies.
 
GOVERNMENT EMPLOYEES: Microsoft is committed to complying with government gift and ethics rules and therefore government employees are not eligible to enter the Challenge or receive prizes.  However your survey response is welcome.
 
This Challenge is hosted in the United States, and entry information is collected on computers in the United States. This Challenge will be governed by the laws of the State of Washington, and you consent to the exclusive jurisdiction and venue of the courts of the State of Washington for any disputes arising out of this Challenge. If you do not agree with this provision and these Official Rules, please do not enter this Challenge. 
 
COMMON TERMS USED IN THESE RULES:
These are the official rules that govern how the Partner Pursuit at the Microsoft Worldwide Partner Conference (“Event”) will operate.  This will be simply referred to as the “Challenge” throughout the rest of these rules. 
 
In these rules, “we,” “our,” and “us” refer to Microsoft Corporation, the sponsor of the Challenge. “You” refers to an eligible Challenge entrant. 
 
The Challenge consists of a Sweepstakes drawing and a skill Contest.
 
WHAT ARE THE START AND END DATES?
This Challenge starts at 8:00 AM Central Time (CT) on Sunday, July 7, 2013 and ends at 11:59 PM Central Time (CT) on Thursday, July 11, 2013. (“Entry Period”).  Entries must be received within the Entry Period to be eligible. For the purpose of awarding points, only activities completed during the entire Entry Period will be counted.
All dates and times are listed in Central Time Zone.  Please visit http://www.worldtimeserver.com/ or other world time database to determine your local date and time. 
 
CAN I ENTER?
You are eligible to enter this Challenge if you meet the following requirements at time of entry:
  • You are a registered Event attendee (“Entrant”); and
  • You are NOT a resident of any of the following countries: Cuba, Iran, North Korea, Sudan, and Syria. 
     
  • PLEASE NOTE: U.S. export regulations prohibit the export of goods and services to Cuba, Iran, North Korea, Sudan and Syria. Therefore residents of these countries / regions are not eligible to participate.  
  • You are NOT an employee of Microsoft Corporation or an employee of a Microsoft subsidiary; and
     
  • You are NOT involved in any part of the administration and execution of this Challenge; and
     
  • You are NOT an immediate family (parent, sibling, spouse, child) or household member of a Microsoft employee, an employee of a Microsoft subsidiary, or a person involved in any part of the administration and execution of this Challenge.
HOW DO I PARTICIPATE?
To enter at the Event, download the WPC 2013 Mobile App and complete activities to earn points as outlined below.
 
Point Levels:
Activity
Point Value
Point Earning Availability Timeframe
Pick up your conference badge on Sunday, July 7, 2013
30
(1) one time on Sunday, July 7, 2013
Check in to the Onsite WPC Microsoft Retail Store
 
20
(1) one time on Sunday, July 7, 2013
Check into the WPC Welcome Reception onsite
 
20
(1) one time on Sunday, July 7, 2013
Visit 5 sponsor booths onsite in The Commons Expo Area. Must be either Gold, Platinum, or Titanium Sponsor booths.
50
(1) one time between Sunday, July 7 through Thursday, July 11, 2013
Check into WPC Connect networking opportunity onsite at the convention center - MSTag at check-in desk
20
(1) one time between Sunday, July 7 through Thursday, July 11, 2013
Check into 1 regional lounge onsite
20
(1) one time between Sunday, July 7, 2013 through Thursday, July 11, 2013
Check into any Value Keynote onsite
10
(1)one time between Sunday, July 7 through Thursday, July 11, 2013
Check into 6 sessions onsite at the convention center
30
(1) one time between Sunday, July 7 through Thursday, July 11, 2013
Check into any of The Commons Theater sessions at the convention center
10
(1) one time between Sunday, July 7 through Thursday, July 11, 2013
Check into any of the Regional Sessions on Thursday, July 11, 2013
30
(1) one time on Thursday, July 11, 2013
Use a Skype Station to make a call onsite
10
(1) one time between Sunday,  July 7 through Thursday, July 11, 2013
Check into a lunchtime Theater Session
 
20
(1) time per Theater Session
Complete a session evaluation
10
(1) time per session 
 
You may not compete under multiple identities to fraudulently enter this Challenge.  You may not use any mechanical or other methods to automatically and fraudulently enter this Challenge.  We reserve the right in our sole discretion to disqualify any person we believe has violated these Official Rules.
 
We are not responsible for entries that we do not receive for any reason, or for entries that we receive but are not decipherable for any reason. We will automatically disqualify any incomplete or illegible entry.
 
Microsoft is not responsible for technical, hardware or software malfunctions, lost or unavailable network connections, undeliverable email, or failed, incorrect, inaccurate, incomplete, garbled or delayed electronic communications, telephone, telephone line or other telephone related problems or errors, whether caused by the sender or by any of the equipment or programming associated with or utilized in this Challenge, or by any human error which may occur in the processing of the entries in this Challenge. If there is any suspected or actual evidence of tampering with any portion of the Challenge, or if technical difficulties compromise the integrity of the Challenge, the Microsoft reserve the right to terminate the Challenge and determine a winner using all eligible entries received as of the date of termination or to modify the Challenge in a manner deemed appropriate by Microsoft.
 
WINNER SELECTION AND PRIZES
Each day, prior to 9PM Central Time (CT), winners will be randomly selected from among all eligible entries received to win prizes as described more fully below.  Point earning consummates at 4PM Central Time (CT) daily. Winners will be notified via the email provided at registration with prize claim instructions.     
 
Limit one prize per person, per day. In the event that there are not enough qualified entries in any prize tier, all advertised prizes may not be awarded.
 
Rewarded Activities:
 
UPDATE July 7, 2013: Note: The Sunday, July 7 sweepstakes entry period opportunity for all attendees who complete the Check into Registration tagging activity has been extended. Qualification for this specific sweepstakes activity consummates at 4:00 p.m. CT, July 8, 2013. Winners will be notified via email on July 8, 2013. This means more time for partners to qualify for this random drawing. On Monday, July 8, two drawings will therefore be held; the “Check into Registration” drawing and the “Check into a Skype Station” drawing.
  • Sunday, July 7, 2013 - All attendees who complete the “Check into Registration” point earning activity
    • All attendees who have completed the above activity will be entered into a random drawing for the following prizes
      • Acer Iconia W510 Windows 8 Tablet (Total approiximate retail value (ARV) is $499
      • HTC 8X 8 GB Windows 8 Phone (ARV) is $499
      • Xbox 360 4 GB Console with Kinect (ARV) is $299
      • The total (ARV) of all prizes: $1297 for each set of prizes
UPDATE July 8, 2013: This sweepstakes and skill contest has now concluded. Congratulations to our winners of the “Check into Registration” activity of Partner Pursuit at WPC. Attendees will receive an email with specific instructions for claiming their prizes.
 
First winner/Windows 8 Tablet: Troy Whittaker
Second winner/Windows 8 Phone: Tim Dioquino
Third winner/Xbox 360 with Kinect: Joel Woodward
  • Monday, July 8, 2013 - All attendees who complete the “Check into a Skype Station” point earning activity
    • All attendees who have completed the above activity will be entered into a random drawing for the following prizes
      • Acer Iconia W510 Windows 8 Tablet (ARV) is $499
      • HTC 8X 8 GB Windows 8 Phone (ARV) is $499
      • Xbox 360 4 GB Console with Kinect (ARV) is $299
      • The total Approximate Retail Value (ARV) of all prizes: $1297 for each set of prizes
UPDATE July 8, 2013: This sweepstakes and skill contest has now concluded. Congratulations to our winners of the “Check into a Skype Station” activity of Partner Pursuit at WPC. Attendees will receive an email with specific instructions for claiming their prizes.  
 
First winner/Windows 8 Tablet: Volkan Ucarkaya
Second winner/Windows 8 Phone: Robert Kirsch
Third winner/Xbox 360 with Kinect: Rick Garcia
  • Tuesday, July 9, 2013 - All attendees who complete the “Check into 5 sponsor booths (Must be Gold, Platinum, or Titanium booths.)” point earning activity. Note: point earning is not valid for sponsor booths that are not Gold, Platinum, or Titanium sponsors.
    • All attendees who have completed the above activity will be entered into a random drawing for the following prizes
      • Acer Iconia W510 Windows 8 Tablet (ARV) is $499
      • HTC 8X 8 GB Windows 8 Phone (ARV) is $499
      • Xbox 360 4 GB Console with Kinect (ARV) is $299
      • The total Approximate Retail Value (ARV) of all prizes: $1297 for each set of prizes

UPDATE July 9, 2013: This sweepstakes and skill contest has now concluded. Congratulations to our winners of the “Check into 5 sponsor booths (Must be Gold, Platinum, or Titanium booths)” activity of Partner Pursuit at WPC. Attendees will receive an email with specific instructions for claiming their prizes.

First winner/Windows 8 Tablet: Lacy Jemmott
Second winner/Windows 8 Phone: Brian Culver
Third winner/Xbox 360 with Kinect: Chad Christianson
  • Wednesday, July 10, 2013 - All attendees who complete the “Check into WPC Connect” point earning activity. Note: this refers to the on-site WPC Connect networking opportunity, not the digital platform.
    • All attendees who have completed the above activity will be entered into a random drawing for the following prizes
      • Acer Iconia W510 Windows 8 Tablet (ARV) is $499
      • HTC 8X 8 GB Windows 8 Phone (ARV) is $499
      • Xbox 360 4 GB Console with Kinect (ARV) is $299
      • The total Approximate Retail Value (ARV) of all prizes: $1297 for each set of prizes
UPDATE July 10, 2013: This sweepstakes and skill contest has now concluded. Congratulations to our winners of the “Check into WPC Connect” activity of Partner Pursuit at WPC. Attendees will receive an email with specific instructions for claiming their prizes.
 
First winner/Windows 8 Tablet: Kartik Shah
Second winner/Windows 8 Phone: Brian Diamond
Third winner/Xbox 360 with Kinect: Eylem Uysal
  • Thursday, July 11, 2013 - All attendees who complete the “Check into a Regional session” point earning activity.
    • All attendees who have completed the above activity will be entered into a random drawing for the following prizes
      • Acer Iconia W510 Windows 8 Tablet (ARV) is $499
      • HTC 8X 8 GB Windows 8 Phone (ARV) is $499
      • Xbox 360 4 GB Console with Kinect (ARV) is $299
      • The total Approximate Retail Value (ARV) of all prizes: $1297 for each set of prizes
  • Thursday, July 11, 2013 - All attendees who complete all point earning activities listed above.
    • All attendees who have completed the above activity will be entered into a random drawing for the following prizes
      • 5 full conference passes to WPC 2014 (1 pass per person, 5 passes total)
      • The total Approximate Retail Value (ARV) of all prizes: $8975 for each set of prizes

  • Thursday, July 11, 2013 - All attendees who complete at least 3 of the evaluation point earning activity listed above
    • All attendees who have completed the above activity will be entered into a random drawing for the following prizes
      • Acer Iconia W510 Windows 8 Tablet (ARV) is $499
      • HTC 8X 8 GB Windows 8 Phone (ARV) is $499
      • Xbox 360 4 GB Console with Kinect (ARV) is $299
      • The total Approximate Retail Value (ARV) of all prizes: $1297 for each set of prizes
All values are stated in US dollars. The total Approximate Retail Value (ARV) of all prizes: $16,757 
 
If there is a dispute as to who is the potential winner, we will consider the potential winner to be the authorized account holder of the e-mail address used to enter the Challenge. If you are a potential winner, we may require you to sign an Affidavit of Eligibility, Liability/Publicity Release and a W-9 tax form or W-8 BEN tax form within 10 days of notification. If you are a potential winner and you are 18 or older, but are considered a minor in your place of legal residence, we may require your parent or legal guardian to sign all required forms on your behalf.  If you do not complete the required forms as instructed and/or return the required forms within the time period listed on the winner notification message, we may disqualify you and select an alternate, randomly selected winner.
 
If you are confirmed as a winner of this Challenge:
  • You may not exchange your prize for cash or any other merchandise or services.  However, if for any reason an advertised prize is unavailable, we reserve the right to substitute a prize of equal or greater value; and
  • You may not designate someone else as the winner.  If you are unable or unwilling to accept your prize, we will award it to an alternate potential winner; and
  • If you accept a prize, you will be solely responsible for all applicable taxes related to accepting the prize; and
     
  • If you are otherwise eligible for this Challenge, but are considered a minor in your place of residence, we may award the prize to your parent/legal guardian on your behalf; and
  • Unless otherwise noted, all prizes are subject to their manufacturer’s warranty and / or terms and conditions. 
 
WHAT ARE YOUR ODDS OF WINNING?
Your odds of winning this Challenge depend on the number of eligible entries we receive.
 
WHAT OTHER CONDITIONS ARE YOU AGREEING TO BY ENTERING THIS CHALLENGE?
By entering this Challenge you agree:
  • To abide by these Official Rules; and
     
  • To release and hold harmless Microsoft, and its respective parents, subsidiaries, affiliates, employees and agents from any and all liability or any injury, loss or damage of any kind arising from or in connection with this Challenge or any prize won; and
     
  • That Microsoft’s decisions will be final and binding on all matters related to this Challenge; and
     
  • That by accepting a prize, Microsoft may use of your proper name and state of residence online and in print, or in any other media, in connection with this Challenge, without payment or compensation to you, except where prohibited by law.
 
WHAT LAWS GOVERN THE WAY THIS CHALLENGE IS EXECUTED AND ADMINISTRATED?
This Challenge will be governed by the laws of the State of Washington, and you consent to the exclusive jurisdiction and venue of the courts of the State of Washington for any disputes arising out of this Challenge.  
 
WHAT IF SOMETHING UNEXPECTED HAPPENS AND THE CHALLENGE CAN’T RUN AS PLANNED?
If cheating, a virus, bug, catastrophic event, or any other unforeseen or unexpected event that cannot be reasonably anticipated or controlled, (also referred to as force majeure) affects the fairness and / or integrity of this Challenge, we reserve the right to cancel, change or suspend this Challenge. This right is reserved whether the event is due to human or technical error. If a solution cannot be found to restore the integrity of the Challenge, we reserve the right randomly to select winners from among all eligible entries received before we had to cancel, change or suspend the Challenge.
If you attempt to compromise the integrity or the legitimate operation of this Challenge by hacking or by cheating or committing fraud in ANY way, we may seek damages from you to the fullest extent permitted by law.  Further, we may ban you from participating in any of our future Challenge, so please play fairly.
 
HOW CAN YOU FIND OUT WHO WON?
Winners will be announced each day through the WPC 2013 daily email newsletter.
 
WHO IS SPONSORING THIS CHALLENGE?
Microsoft Corporation
One Microsoft Way
Redmond, WA 98052