Peter, Brian and I just finished up our five-city Azure DevCamp series, each with its own on-site RockPaperAzure round – thanks to all of you that came out to take part.  For the rest of you (and for them as well), the clock’s a-tickin’ toward the deadline to enter the on-line Fall Sweepstakes round, with the following prizes at stake:

  • $5000 (for a trip to Cancun or whatever you choose!)
  • Acer Aspire S3 Laptop
  • Windows Phone
  • XBox 360/Kinect bundle

This is a SWEEPSTAKES, every entry has an equal chance of winning.  As I write this, your chances are about 1 in 150, that’s over twice as good as your odds to win a measly $7 in PowerBall!  If you haven’t had a chance to get your entry in yet, it takes about 15 minutes, and you have until 6 p.m. ET today, December 16th, 2011.

How will the winners be drawn?

At 6 p.m. ET sharp today, the Fall Sweepstakes round at RockPaperAzure.com will be closed, and the leaderboard will be frozen. As we’ve done for the last three weeks, the top five on the leaderboard will each win a $50 Best Buy Gift Card.

At that point, we will use Random Sequence Generator with a range from 1 to the number of entries on the Fall Sweepstakes leaderboard.  The values generated will be used to identify the winners of the four prizes in order (i.e., the first random number chosen will identify the winner of the $5000 grand prize, the second number drawn will identify the winner of the laptop, and so on).

If, for any reason, any of the four winners should be deemed ineligible for the contest, he or she will forfeit the prize, and the entry corresponding to the next number on the randomized list will claim that prize. The list of generated randomized numbers, along with the prize winners, will be posted on the RockPaperAzure web site shortly after the drawing.