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GOVERNMENT EMPLOYEES: Microsoft is committed to complying with government gift and ethics rules and therefore government employees are not eligible.

 This Contest is hosted in the United States, and entry information is collected on computers in the United States. This Contest 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 Contest. If you do not agree with this provision and these Official Rules, please do not enter this Contest.


 These are the official rules that govern how the Microsoft Send your unsung hero to SharePoint Conference 2011 contest promotion will operate (“Contest”).

 In these rules, “we,” “our,” and “us” refer to Microsoft Corporation, the sponsor of this Contest.  “You” refers to an eligible Contest entrant. 


 This is a skill-based Contest. 

 The object of this Contest is to create awareness and excitement around SharePoint Conference 2011 by having people nominate their unsung heroes and having their hero win a pass to the SharePoint conference.  For purposes
of this Contest, each hero nomination you create and submit in the Contest will be called an “entry.”  All eligible
entries received will be judged using the criteria described below to determine the winners of the prizes described below. 


 This Contest starts at 12:01 a.m. Pacific Time (PT) on July 1, 2011, and ends at 11:59 p.m. PT on July 31, 2011 (“Entry Period”).




are eligible to enter this Contest if you meet the following requirements at
time entry:


  • If you are 18 years of age or older, but are considered
    a minor in your place of residence, you should ask your parent’s or legal
    guardian’s permission prior to submitting an entry into this Contest; and


  • You are 18 years of age or older and NOT a resident of any of
    the following countries: Cuba, Iran, North Korea, Sudan, and Syria; and


  • 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 Contest; 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 Contest.


This Contest is void outside the geographic area described above and wherever else prohibited by




To be eligible for judging an entry must meet the following content / technical


  • Describe why the unsung hero deserves this prize in 100
    words or less.
  • Your Unsung hero’s Name
  • Your Unsung hero’s Email address

 In addition:


  • your entry must be your own original work; and
  • your entry cannot have been selected as a winner in any other contest; and
  • you must have obtained any and all consents, approvals or licenses required for you
    to submit your entry; and
  • your entry may not include any third party trademarks (logos, names) or copyrighted
    materials (music, images, video, recognizable people).  You may include Microsoft trademarks, logos,
    and designs, for which Microsoft grants you a limited license to use for the
    sole purposes of submitting an entry into this Contest.


Entries may NOT contain, as determined by us, in our sole and absolute
discretion, any content that:


  • is sexually explicit, unnecessarily violent or derogatory of any ethnic, racial,
    gender, religious, professional or age group; profane or pornographic;
  • promotes alcohol, illegal drugs, tobacco, firearms/weapons (or the use of any of the
    foregoing) or a particular political agenda;
  • is obscene or offensive;
  • defames,
    misrepresents or contains disparaging remarks about other people or companies;
  • contains trademarks, logos, or trade dress (such as distinctive packaging or building
    exteriors/interiors) owned by others;
  • contains copyrighted materials owned by others (including photographs, sculptures,
    paintings, and other works of art or images published on or in websites, television,
    movies or other media);
  • contains materials embodying the names, likenesses, voices, or other indicia identifying
    any person, (other than the member of your family or community for you have
    received consent) including, without limitation, celebrities and/or other
    public or private figures, living or dead;
  • contains look-alikes of celebrities or other public or private figures, living or dead;
  • communicates messages or images inconsistent with the positive images and/or good will to
    which we wish to associate; and/or violates any law;

 We reserve the right to reject any entry, in our sole and absolute discretion, that we determine does
not meet the above criteria.


 Other than what is set forth below, we are not claiming any ownership rights to your entry.  However, by submitting your entry, you:


  • are granting us an irrevocable, royalty-free, worldwide
    right and license to: (i) use, review, assess, test and otherwise analyze your
    entry and all its content in connection with this Contest; and (ii) feature
    your entry and all content in connection with the marketing, sale, or promotion
    of this Contest (including but not limited to internal and external sales
    meetings, conference presentations, tradeshows, and screen shots of the Contest
    entry in press releases) in all media (now known or later developed).


  • agree to sign any necessary documentation that may be
    required for us and our designees to make use of the rights you granted above;


  • understand and acknowledge that the Sponsor(s) may have
    developed or commissioned materials similar or identical to your submission and
    you waive any claims you may have resulting from any similarities to your


  • understand that we cannot control the incoming information
    you will disclose to our representatives in the course of entering, or what our
    representatives will remember about your entry. You also understand that we
    will not restrict work assignments of representatives who have had access to your
    entry.  By entering this Contest, you
    agree that use of information in our representatives’ unaided memories in the
    development or deployment of our products or services does not create liability
    for us under this agreement or copyright or trade secret law; 


  • understand that you will not receive any compensation or
    credit for use of your entry, other than what is described in these Official


Please note that following the end of this Contest your entry may be posted on a website selected by us for
viewing by visitors to that website.  We are not responsible for any unauthorized use of your entry by visitors to this
website.  While we reserve these rights, we are not obligated to use your entry for any purpose, even if it has been
selected as a winning entry.


If you do not want to grant us these rights to your entry, please do not enter this Contest.




In order to participate in this Contest, entry must be emailed to
with the subject line "My unsung hero nomination".


We will only accept five (5) entry(ies) per person.

 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; and
  • Any entries that we receive from you that are in excess of the entry
    limit described above.




On or around the close of the Entry Period, a panel of judges will review all eligible entries received and select winners of the Contest Prizes described below based upon judging criteria described below.




  • 75.00% - Contribution to the community
  • 20.00% - Current level of acknowledgement
  • 5.00% - Originality


The decisions of the judges are final and binding. If we do not receive a sufficient number of entries meeting the entry requirements, we may, at our discretion, select fewer winners than described

 In the event of a tie between any eligible entries, an additional judge will break the tie based on the judging criteria described above.  The decisions of the judges are final and binding.  If we do not receive a sufficient number of entries meeting the entry requirements, we may, at our discretion, select fewer winners than the number of Contest Prizes described below.




Ten (10) Grand Prize(s). 
A(n) SharePoint Conference 2011 general registration conference pass.  Approximate Retail Value (ARV) $1,199.00.


The total Approximate
Retail Value (ARV) of all prizes: $11,990


We will only award one (1) prize per


If you are a potential winner, we will notify you by sending a message to the e-mail address, the phone number, or
mailing address (if any) provided at time of entry within seven (7) days following completion of judging.  If the
notification that we send is returned as undeliverable, or you are otherwise unreachable for any reason, we may award to a runner-up. 


If there is a dispute as to who is the potential winner, we will consider the potential winner to be the unsung hero named in the winning entry and the authorized account holder of the unsung hero’s e-mail address used to
enter the Contest. 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 a runner-up.


If you are confirmed as a winner of this Contest:


  • You must agree to volunteer two (2) hours per day at the event to help
    attendees with hands on labs.
  • 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 may award it to a runner up; 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 Contest, 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. 




entering this Contest 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 Contest, or any
    prize won; and


  • That Microsoft’s decisions will be final and binding on all matters
    related to this Contest; 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 Contest, without payment or compensation to you, except where
    prohibited by law.




This Contest 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 Contest.  




If someone cheats, or 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 Contest, we reserve the
right to cancel, change or suspend this Contest.  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 Contest, we reserve the right to select winners
from among all eligible entries received before we had to cancel, change or
suspend the Contest.


If you attempt to compromise the integrity or
the legitimate operation of this Contest 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 Contest, so please play fairly.




If you send an email to within 30 days of
July 31, 2011, we will provide you with a list of winners that receive a prize
worth $25.00 or more.





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