Microsoft Convergence Share Your Story Content Official Rules

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COMMON TERMS USED IN THESE RULES

These are the official rules that govern how the Microsoft Convergence Share Your Story 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.

CONTEST DESCRIPTION

This is a skill-based Contest. The object of this Contest is to share an original Convergence story based on personal experience. For purposes of this Contest, each original Convergence story based on a personal experience you 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.

WHAT ARE THE START AND END DATES?

This Contest starts at 12:01 a.m. Pacific Time (PT) on October 15, 2012, and ends at 11:59 p.m. PT on March 15, 2013 (“ Promotion Period”) and will consist of four monthly prize periods (“Entry Period”) and one public voting period exclusively for monthly winners (“Finalist Voting Period”) as follows:

Prize Period Start Date (All times 12:01 AM PT) End Date (All times 11:59 PM PT)
1 October 15, 2012 October 31, 2012
2 November 1, 2012 November 30, 2012
3 December 1, 2012 December 31, 2012
4 January 1, 2013 January 31, 2013
Finalist Voting Period February 4, 2013 March 15, 2013

Entries will be eligible for the monthly prize period for which they are received only and will not carryover to subsequent prize periods. At the end of the contest, each monthly winner will also be eligible for an overall grand prize “People’s Choice Award” based on community voting.

CAN I ENTER?

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

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

WHAT CONSTITUTES AN ELIGIBLE ENTRY?

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

In addition:

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

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

HOW WILL MY ENTRY BE POTENTIALLY USED?

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

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.

HOW DO I ENTER?

In order to participate in this Contest, you must enter at the contest URL - http://convergence13.strutta.com/ - by sending an email with your written or video story (or a public URL if the video/story is posted online) to conv2013@microsoft.com. In addition, you must include your name, email address, company name.

We will only accept one entry per person per month. If you choose to enter multiple times throughout the course of the promotion, each entry you submit must be substantially unique and different from anything you’ve submitted before.

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 desqualify:

WINNER DETERMINATION AND PRIZES

Monthly Prize Periods

On or around the close of each Monthly Prize Period, a panel of judges will review all eligible entries received and select one monthly winner of the Contest Prize described below based upon judging criteria described below.

Judging Criteria

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 above.

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.

Four (4) Monthly Prizes (one per month). A $250 American Express Gift Card. Approximate Retail Value (ARV) $250.00. Monthly prizes will be mailed to the winner.

People's Choice Award

At the close of the promotion, the four monthly prize winners will have their entries posted in an online gallery at http://convergence13.strutta.com/ for public voting. Visitors to the site will be invited to vote on their favorite entry. Voting will begin at 12:01 a.m. Pacific Time (PT) on February 4, 2013 and ends at 11:59 p.m. PT on March 15, 2013. There is a limit of one vote per person per day.

At the close of the voting period, the entry with the most votes will receive the following prize:
One full attendee pass to Convergence 2014. Approximate Retail Value (ARV) $1,495.00.

The total Approximate Retail Value (ARV) of all prizes: $2,495.00

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 authorized account holder of the 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:

We will only award two (2) prizes per person.

WHAT OTHER CONDITIONS AM I AGREEING TO BY ENTERING?

By entering this Contest you agree:

WHAT LAWS GOVERN THE WAY THIS CONTEST IS EXECUTED AND ADMINISTRATED?

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.

WHAT IF SOMETHING UNEXPECTED HAPPENS AND THE CONTEST CAN’T RUN AS PLANNED?

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.

HOW CAN I FIND OUT WHO WON?

We will post the names of winners who received a prize worth $250.00 or more online at http://www.microsoft.com/dynamics/convergence/stories. This list will remain posted one month after March 15, 2013.

WHO IS SPONSORING THIS CONTEST?

Microsoft Corporation
One Microsoft Way
Redmond, WA 98052