Enter the contest



  • 1.   SPONSOR

    These Official Rules (“Rules”) govern the operation of the Microsoft Work Your Way Challenge (“Challenge”). Microsoft Corporation, One Microsoft Way, Redmond, WA, 98052, USA, is the Challenge sponsor (“Sponsor”).


    In these Rules, "Microsoft", "we", "our", and "us" refer to Sponsor and “you” and "yourself" refers to a Challenge participant, or the parent/legal guardian of any Challenge entrant who has not reached the age of majority to contractually obligate themselves in the State they reside (19 in Alabama and Nebraska).

    This Challenge consists of a skill-based contest (the “Contest”) and a random game of chance (the “Sweepstakes”).


    The Challenge starts at 12:01 a.m. Pacific Time (PT) on April 22, 2019 and ends at 11:59 p.m. PT on May 24, 2019 (“Entry Period”).

    The Entry Period consists of 3 Prize Periods as follows:

    Prize Period 1: 12:01 am PT April 22 – 11:59 pm PT May 2

    Prize Period 2: 12:01 am PT May 3 - 11:59 pm PT May 13

    Prize Period 3: 12:01 am PT May 14 - 11:59 pm PT May 24

    You may submit one unique entry per Prize Period.


    To enter, you must be a legal resident of the 50 United States (including the District of Columbia), and be 18 years of age or older. If you are 18 but have not reached the age of majority to contractually obligate yourself in the State where you reside (19 in Alabama and Nebraska), then you must have consent of a parent or legal guardian. By entering you agree to be bound by these rules.

    Employees and directors of Microsoft Corporation and its subsidiaries, affiliates, advertising agencies, and Challenge Parties are not eligible, nor are persons involved in the execution or administration of this promotion, or the family members of each above (parents, children, siblings, spouse/domestic partners, or individuals residing in the same household). Void where prohibited.

  • 5.   HOW TO ENTER

    Create an original photograph, video or other visual image that creatively illustrates ‘how you work your own way.’

    Then login to your legally registered Instagram account (available for free on www.instagram.com) and post a publicly viewable message that includes the image (your “Entry”) and include the hashtag #workyourwaycontest.

    All elements must be included to be eligible. The account settings for this message must be set to “unprotected” or “public” to be eligible. This promotion is in no way sponsored, endorsed, or administered by, or associated with, Instagram. You understand that you are providing your information to the Sponsor and not to Instagram. The information you provide will only be used for administering the Promotion and to contact you if you are a winner.

    The limit is one unique Entry per person per Prize Period. Each Entry you submit must be substantially unique, as determined by the judges, each Prize Period.

    Any attempt by any you to obtain more than the stated number of Entries by using multiple/different accounts, identities, registrations, logins, or any other methods will void your Entries and you may be disqualified. Use of any automated system to participate is prohibited.

    We are not responsible for an excess, lost, late, or incomplete Entry. If disputed, Entries will be deemed submitted by the “authorized account holder” of the email address, social media account, or other method used to enter. The “authorized account holder” is the natural person assigned to an email address by an internet or online service provider, or other organization responsible for assigning email addresses.


    To be eligible, an Entry must meet the following content/technical requirements:

    • 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
    • To the extent that Entry requires the submission of user-generated contest such as software, photos, videos, music, artwork, essays, etc., entrants warrant that their Entry is their original work, has not been copied from others without permission or apparent rights, and does not violate the privacy, intellectual property rights, or other rights of any other person or entity. 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 Challenge; and
    • Your Entry may NOT contain, as determined by us in our sole and absolute discretion, any content that is obscene or offensive, violent, defamatory, disparaging or illegal, or that promotes alcohol, illegal drugs, tobacco or a particular political agenda, or that communicates messages that may reflect negatively on the goodwill of Microsoft.

    We are not claiming ownership rights to your Submission. However, by submitting an Entry, you grant us an irrevocable, royalty-free, worldwide right and license to use, review, assess, test and otherwise analyze your Entry and all its content in connection with this Challenge and use your Entry in any media whatsoever now known or later invented for any non-commercial or commercial purpose, including, but not limited to, the marketing, sale or promotion of Microsoft products or services, without further permission from you. You will not receive any compensation or credit for use of your Entry, other than what is described in these Official Rules.

    By entering you acknowledge that the we may have developed or commissioned materials similar or identical to your Entry and you waive any claims resulting from any similarities to your Entry. Further you understand that we will not restrict work assignments of representatives who have had access to your Entry and 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.

    Your Entry may be posted on a public website. We are not responsible for any unauthorized use of your Entry by visitors to this website. We are not obligated to use your Entry for any purpose, even if it has been selected as a winning Entry.

    Personal data you provide while entering this Challenge will be used by Microsoft and/or its agents and prize fulfillers acting on Microsoft’s behalf only for the administration and operation of this Challenge and in accordance with the Microsoft Privacy Statement.


    Contest Winners: Pending confirmation of eligibility, potential Contest prize winners will be selected by Microsoft or their Agent or a qualified judging panel from among all eligible Entries received based on the following judging criteria:

    • 30% - Creativity
    • 25% - Composition
    • 45% - Adherence to Contest Theme

    Winners will be selected from among all eligible Entries received within 7 days following each Prize Period during the Entry Period. Non-winning entries will not be carried forward into subsequent Prize Periods, you must enter each Prize Period separately with a different Entry.

    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.

    Sweepstakes Winners: Potential Sweepstakes prize winners will be selected by Microsoft or their Agent in a random drawing from among all eligible Entries received during the Entry Period.

    If we do not receive enough Entries meeting the Entry requirements, we may, at our discretion, select fewer winners than the number of Challenge Prizes described below. If public vote determines winners, it is prohibited for any person to obtain votes by any fraudulent or inappropriate means, including offering prizes or other inducements in exchange for votes, automated programs or fraudulent i.d’s. Microsoft will void any questionable votes.

    Winners will be notified via the contact information provided during entry no more than 7 days following judging with prize claim instructions, including submission deadlines. If a selected winner cannot be contacted, is ineligible, fails to claim a prize or fails to return any forms, the selected winner will forfeit their prize and an alternate winner will be selected time allowing. Only three alternate winners will be selected, after which unclaimed prizes will remain unawarded.

    If you but have not reached the age of majority in your State of residence we may require your parent or legal guardian to sign all required forms on your behalf.

  • 9.   PRIZES

    The following Contest prizes will be awarded:

    Prize Period 1 Grand Prize: Each winner will receive:

    A(n) Surface Book 2 and a set of Surface Headphones. Approximate Retail Value (ARV) $1,498

    Prize Period 2 Grand Prize: Each winner will receive:

    A(n) Surface Laptop 2. Approximate Retail Value (ARV) $1,349

    Prize Period 3 Grand Prize: Each winner will receive:

    A(n) Surface Pro 6. Approximate Retail Value (ARV) $1,248

    The following Sweepstakes prizes will be awarded:

    Twelve (12) Sweepstakes Prizes. Each winner will receive:

    A set of Surface Headphones. Approximate Retail Value (ARV) $349.00

    The ARV of electronic prizes is subject to price fluctuations in the consumer marketplace based on, among other things, any gap in time between the date the ARV is estimated for purposes of these Official Rules and the date the prize is awarded or redeemed. We will determine the value of the prize to be the fair market value at the time of prize award.

    The total Approximate Retail Value (ARV) of all prizes: $8,284

    We will only award one (1) prize(s) per person/company during the Entry Period. No more than the stated number of prizes will be awarded. No substitution, transfer, or assignment of prize permitted, except that Microsoft reserves the right to substitute a prize of equal or greater value in the event the offered prize is unavailable. Prizes are awarded “AS IS” with no warranty of any kind, either express or implied, including but not limited to, the implied warranties or merchantability, fitness for a particular purpose, or non-infringement. Prizes will be sent no later than 28 days after winner selection. Prize winners may be required to complete and return prize claim and / or tax forms (“Forms”) within the deadline stated in the winner notification. Taxes on the prize, if any, are the sole responsibility of the winner, who is advised to seek independent counsel regarding the tax implications of accepting a prize. By accepting a prize, you agree that Microsoft may use your Entry, name, image and hometown 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.

  • 10.  ODDS

    The odds of winning are based on the number of eligible Entries received.


    To the extent allowed by law, by entering you agree to release and hold harmless Microsoft and its respective parents, partners, subsidiaries, affiliates, employees, and agents from any and all liability or any injury, loss, or damage of any kind arising in connection with this Challenge or any prize won.

    All local laws apply. The decisions of Microsoft are final and binding.

    We reserve the right to cancel, change, or suspend this Challenge for any reason, including cheating, technology failure, catastrophe, war, or any other unforeseen or unexpected event that affects the integrity of this Challenge, whether human or mechanical. If the integrity of the Challenge cannot be restored, we may select winners from among all eligible Entries received before we had to cancel, change or suspend the Challenge.

    If you attempt or we have strong reason to believe that you have compromised the integrity or the legitimate operation of this Challenge by cheating, hacking, creating a bot or other automated program, or by committing fraud in any way, we may seek damages from you to the full extent of the law and you may be banned from participation in future Microsoft promotions.


    Personal data you provide while entering this Challenge will be used by Microsoft and/or its agents and prize fulfillers acting on Microsoft’s behalf only for the administration and operation of this Challenge and in accordance with the Microsoft Privacy Statement.


    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.


    Send email to shhealy@microsoft.com with the subject line “Work Your Way Challenge winners” within 30 days of May 24, 2019 to receive a list of winners that received a prize worth $25.00 or more.