Mark your calendars for January 30th and play along on Twitter to win prizes during the 24 Hours of PASS!

If you’re a business analytics professional, you won’t want to miss the upcoming 24 Hours of Pass Event, where you will access best practices, expert tips and demos on business analytics from the comfort of your own computer.

Beginning at 8 am ET (13:00 GMT) on January 30th, you can immerse yourself in 12 hours of back-to-back webcasts followed by 12 hours of on-demand replay, featuring one-hour sessions on data analytics and visualization, big data innovations and integration, information delivery, advanced analytics and more!

At the end of each of the first live 12 sessions (approximately 55-59 minutes after the hour), we will give you the opportunity to win a prize by being the first to correctly answer a question related to the session you just finished watching in this #24HOP Challenge. We will tweet 5 minutes prior to each question to give you time to be ready.

For the on demand portion of programming (beginning at 8:00 pm ET, January 30th through 8:00 am ET, January 31st), at approximately 58-59 minutes past each hour, a new trivia question regarding a previously broadcast session (in the order the sessions were originally played) will be posted online on the @MicrosoftBI Twitter account. As before, we will tweet 5 minutes prior to each question to give you time to prepare.

To play, you must:24Hop

  1. Sign in to your Twitter account. If you do not have an account, visit www.twitter.com to create one. Twitter accounts are free.
  2. Once logged into your Twitter account, follow the links and instructions to become a follower of Microsoft BI at @MicrosoftBI.
  3. From your account, as you see the question sent from @MicrosoftBI, send a reply to @MicrosoftBI and include your answer to the posted question
  4. Your reply tweet must contain the hashtags #24hop and #msbi to be eligible for entry
  5. The first person to tweet a correct reply will win the prize described below.
  6. Limit of one prize per person or Twitter account for the duration of the Challenge.
  7. Prizes will vary, and you could win some great T-shirts, sweatshirts, computer accessories, or other great items!
  8. See official rules below.

Register now for 24 Hours of Pass and get ready for 24 hours of play! Be the first to tweet the correct answer and you can win yourself some swag! Learn more about the 24 Hours of Pass here.

 

#24HOP CHALLENGE - OFFICIAL RULES

NO PURCHASE NECESSARY.

COMMON TERMS USED IN THESE RULES:

These are the official rules that govern how #24HOP Challenge (“Challenge”) promotion will operate. This promotion 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.

WHAT ARE THE START AND END DATES?
This Challenge starts at 8:00 a.m. ET on January 30, 2013 and ends at 8:00 a.m. ET on January 31, 2013 (“Entry Period”).  The Entry Period consists of 24 separate Prize Periods as further described below.

CAN I ENTER?
You are eligible to enter this Challenge if you meet the following requirements at time of entry:

  • You are a Business Analytics or IT Professional 18 years of age or older, who is participating in the free 24 Hours of PASS: Business Analytics event “(Entrant”). Details of the event are available here.

and

    • If you are 18 of age or older, but are considered a minor in your legal place of residence, you must ask your parent’s or legal guardian’s permission prior to entering this Challenge; 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

This Challenge is void wherever prohibited by law.

HOW DO I ENTER?

At the end of each of the first twelve live 24 Hours of PASS sessions (at approximately 58-59 minutes past each hour) a new trivia question regarding the most recent PASS session will be posted online on the @MicrosoftBI Twitter account.

During the following period, during which any of the twelve on-demand sessions may be replayed, (at approximately 58-59 minutes past each hour) a new trivia question regarding a previously broadcast session (in the order the sessions were originally played) will be posted online on the @MicrosoftBI Twitter account.

To enter, you must do all of the following:

1. Sign in to your Twitter account. If you do not have an account, visit www.twitter.com to create one. Twitter accounts are free.

2. Once logged into your Twitter account, follow the links and instructions to become a follower of @MicrosoftBI.

3. From your own account, reply to @MicrosoftBI and include in the tweet your answer to the posted question.

1. Your tweet must contain both the #msbi #24hop hashtags to be eligible for entry

2. Your tweet must include the complete answer to the question, or it will be disqualified.

The first person to correctly tweet a correct reply to each question will win the prize described below.     

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, or for entries that do not include both the #24hop and #msbi hashtags, or do not provide a complete answer.

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; and
  • Any entries that do not comply with Twitter.com terms of use.

WINNER SELECTION AND PRIZES
The first person to correctly respond will receive an SQL Server or Microsoft BI branded item.  Approximate Retail Value each $20 - $50.  A total of twenty four (24) prizes are available.

Limit of one prize per person or Twitter account for the duration of the Challenge, regardless of the number of correct answers submitted.

If you are a potential winner, we will notify you via Direct Message on Twitter to the account provided at time of entry within seven (7) days following the end of the Entry Period.  If the notification that we send is returned as undeliverable, or you are otherwise unreachable for any reason, we may award the prize to an alternate, randomly selected winner.  Winners can expect to receive their prize within four (4) to six (6) weeks following verification of eligibility.

If there is a dispute as to who is the potential winner, we reserve the right to make final decisions on who is the winner based on the accuracy of the answer provided, ensuring that the rules of including hashtags is followed, and the times the answers arrives based on what times are listed on www.twitter.com.

If you are a potential winner, we may require you to sign an Affidavit of Eligibility, Liability/Publicity Release 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

WHAT ARE YOUR ODDS OF WINNING?
Your odds of winning this Challenge depend on the number of eligible entries we receive and they time the entries are posted to www.twitter.com.

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 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?
To find out who won, send an email to
v-kamuns@microsoft.com by February 8, 2013 with the subject line: “#24HOP Business Analytics Challenge Winners List”.

WHO IS SPONSORING THIS CHALLENGE?
Microsoft Corporation
One Microsoft Way
Redmond, WA 98052