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Microsoft imagine cup 10th anniversary sweepstakes final rules

  1. 1. MICROSOFT IMAGINE CUP 10th ANNIVERSARY SWEEPSTAKES OFFICIAL RULESNO PURCHASE NECESSARY.COMMON TERMS USED IN THESE RULES:These are the official rules that govern how the Microsoft Imagine Cup 10th Anniversary Sweepstakespromotion will operate. This promotion will be simply referred to as the “Sweepstakes” throughout therest of these rules.In these rules, “we,” “our,” and “us” refer to Microsoft Corporation, the sponsor of the Sweepstakes.“You” refers to an eligible Sweepstakes entrant.WHAT ARE THE START AND END DATES?This Sweepstakes starts at 00:01 GMT on February 8, 2012, and ends at 23:59 GMT on March 13, 2012(“Entry Period”). The entry period will consist of five (5) weekly prize periods and an overall competitorprize period as follows: Start Date End Date Prize Period Drawing Date (all times 00:01 GMT) (all times 23:59 GMT) Week 1 February 8, 2012 February 14, 2012 February 15, 2012 Week 2 February 15, 2012 February 21, 2012 February 22, 2012 Week 3 February 22, 2012 February 28, 2012 February 29, 2012 Week 4 February 29, 2012 March 6, 2012 March 7, 2012 Week 5 March 7, 2012 March 13, 2012 March 14, 2012Competitor Prize Period February 8, 2012 March 13, 2012 March 14, 2012Entries will be eligible for the weekly drawing in which they are received and non-winning entries willalso carry over into subsequent weekly drawings.Only entries that meet the minimum qualifications below will be eligible for the overall Grand PrizePeriod.CAN I ENTER?You are eligible to enter this Sweepstakes if you meet the following requirements at time of entry:  You are 16 years of age or older and legally reside in an eligible Imagine Cup Geography; o If you are 16 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 Sweepstakes; and
  2. 2.  You are actively enrolled as a student at an accredited educational institution that grants high school or college/university (or equivalent) degrees (including home schools) at any time between January 1, 2011 and May 31, 2012; and  You are NOT a resident of any of the following countries: Cuba, Iran, North Korea, Sudan, and Syria. o 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 Sweepstakes; 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 Sweepstakes.This Sweepstakes is void outside of the geographic area described above and wherever else prohibitedby law.HOW DO I ENTER?Weekly Prize Periods: You can enter online at by registering toparticipate in Imagine Cup and committing to a category using the unique Sweepstakes referral code#10.Limit one (1) entry per person overall. Non-winning entries will carry over to subsequent weeklydrawings.Competitor Prize Period: To be eligible, you must first enter during one of the weekly prize periods, asdescribed above. Once complete, you must then submit a valid entry into any of the qualifying ImagineCup Competitions and or Challenges prior to March 13, 2012.Regardless of how many entries you submit, you will only receive one (1) entry into the grand prizedrawing.We are not responsible for entries that we do not receive for any reason, or for entries that we receivebut are not decipherable for any reason.We will automatically disqualify:  Any incomplete or illegible entry, including those that do not reference the required referral code; and  Any entries that we receive from you that are in excess of the entry limit described above.
  3. 3. WINNER SELECTION AND PRIZESWeekly Prize Period: Each week, we will randomly select six (6) winners to each receive one (1) Kinectsensor for Xbox 360. Approximate Retail Value (ARV) $150.00 each.Limit one (1) weekly prize per person.Competitor Prize Period: At the close of the overall Entry Period, we will randomly select two (2)winners to each receive the following prize:One (1) Sony Vaio PC and Camcorder bundle. Approximate Retail Value (ARV) $1,200.00 each.Limit one (1) first place prize per person.In addition, at the end of the Entry Period, we will select one (1) winner from among ALL entriesreceived (regardless of if you are competing in Imagine Cup or have only registered) to receive a trip forWinner and guest to Sydney, Australia to attend Imagine Cup 2012 Worldwide Finals on July 6, 2012.Approximate Retail Value (ARV) $10,000.00. Trip includes:  Round trip coach airfare from major airport closest to winners home. o Trip winner’s travel companion will be required to execute a Liability/Publicity Release prior to issuance of travel documents. If a travel companion is a minor, he/she must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian at his/her own expense if the parent/guardian is not the winner. o Winner and any guests are responsible for providing all required travel documents, including, but not limited to required Visa, passport etc. o If winner lives within 100 miles of travel destination, Sponsor reserves the right to provide alternative transportation.  Five (5) nights standard hotel accommodations.  Transfers to/from Airport/Hotel.  Admission for Two (2) to attend Imagine Cup 2012 Worldwide Finals on July 6, 2012. o If the event is cancelled for any reason, Sponsor shall have no further obligation to the winner other than to provide the travel portion of the prize minus the opportunity to attend event. Actual value depends on date/time/destination, and difference between actual value and stated value will not be awarded. Travel subject to availability and must be completed on dates specified by the Sponsor or prize will be forfeited and awarded to an alternate winner. Some restrictions may apply. Winner and
  4. 4. any guests must travel on same itinerary. No cancellation of reservation or transfer of reservation to another date after reservation has been made. In addition to the travel prize outlined above, the winner may also receive a single cash payment, which is intended to assist with any federal, state, or other tax obligations related to accepting this prize (the “Tax Gross-Up Payment”). The Tax Gross-Up Payment may not be sufficient to cover the winner’s entire tax liability related to winning this prize. Actual value of the tax gross up will be determined at time of winner notification, based on actual travel costs.*NOTE: If you are selected as a winner but also become an Imagine Cup finalist at a later date, we willselect an alternate grand prize winner to receive the prize listed above.Limit one (1) grand prize per person.The ARV of prizes is subject to price fluctuations in the consumer marketplace based on, among otherthings, any gap in time between the date the ARV is estimated for purposes of these Official Rules andthe date the prize is awarded or redeemed. We will determine the value of the prize to be the fairmarket value at the time of prize award.The total Approximate Retail Value (ARV) of all prizes: $55,200Only three (3) alternate drawings will be held after which the applicable prize will remain un-awardedIf you are a potential winner, we will notify you by sending a message to the e-mail address, the phonenumber, or mailing address (if any) provided at time of entry within seven (7) days following the randomdrawing. If the notification that we send is returned as undeliverable, or you are otherwise unreachablefor any reason, we may award the prize to an alternate, randomly selected winner.If there is a dispute as to who is the potential winner, we will consider the potential winner to be theauthorized account holder of the e-mail address used to enter the Sweepstakes. If you are a potentialwinner, we may require you to sign an Affidavit of Eligibility, Liability/Publicity Release and a W-9 taxform or W-8 BEN tax form within 10 days of notification. If you are a potential winner and you are 16 orolder, but are considered a minor in your place of legal residence, we may require your parent or legalguardian to sign all required forms on your behalf. If you do not complete the required forms asinstructed and/or return the required forms within the time period listed on the winner notificationmessage, we may disqualify you and select an alternate, randomly selected winner.If you are confirmed as a winner of this Sweepstakes:  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
  5. 5.  If you are otherwise eligible for this Sweepstakes, 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.WHAT ARE YOUR ODDS OF WINNING?Your odds of winning this Sweepstakes depend on the number of eligible entries we receive.WHAT OTHER CONDITIONS ARE YOU AGREEING TO BY ENTERING THIS SWEEPSTAKES?By entering this Sweepstakes 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 Sweepstakes or any prize won; and  That Microsoft’s decisions will be final and binding on all matters related to this Sweepstakes; 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 Sweepstakes, without payment or compensation to you, except where prohibited by law.WHAT LAWS GOVERN THE WAY THIS SWEEPSTAKES IS EXECUTED AND ADMINISTRATED?This Sweepstakes will be governed by the laws of the State of Washington, and you consent to theexclusive jurisdiction and venue of the courts of the State of Washington for any disputes arising out ofthis Sweepstakes.WHAT IF SOMETHING UNEXPECTED HAPPENS AND THE SWEEPSTAKES CAN’T RUN AS PLANNED?If cheating, a virus, bug, catastrophic event, or any other unforeseen or unexpected event that cannotbe reasonably anticipated or controlled, (also referred to as force majeure) affects the fairness and / orintegrity of this Sweepstakes, we reserve the right to cancel, change or suspend this Sweepstakes. Thisright is reserved whether the event is due to human or technical error. If a solution cannot be found torestore the integrity of the Sweepstakes, we reserve the right to randomly select winners from amongall eligible entries received before we had to cancel, change or suspend the Sweepstakes.If you attempt to compromise the integrity or the legitimate operation of this Sweepstakes by hackingor by cheating or committing fraud in ANY way, we may seek damages from you to the fullest extentpermitted by law. Further, we may ban you from participating in any of our future Sweepstakes, soplease play fairly.
  6. 6. HOW CAN YOU FIND OUT WHO WON?We will post the names of winners who received a prize worth $25.00 or more online This list will remain posted one month after March 13, 2012.WHO IS SPONSORING THIS SWEEPSTAKES?Microsoft CorporationOne Microsoft WayRedmond, WA 98052