I received this email on Friday and just received the OK to pass this offer on.
Sent: Friday, February 25, 2011 21:09
Subject: Thanks for completing that survey on clouds
You're one of the winners (according to the very scientific =randbetween function in Google Spreadsheet.)
If you can make it to Cloud Connect (www.cloudconnectevent.com) on March 7, let me know, and I'll mail you a Flexpass code which will let you attend the whole event for free. If you can't make it, please tell me so I can let the next winner know.
I will not be able to make this conference - I would have really liked to.
And here is where someone gets to benefit. I am giving this pass away to a someone who will be able to use it. This is how it will work.
Post a comment below the post to explain why you would like to go, and what the benefit you expect to receive from participating in this event and how you will use this knowledge to pay something forward to the community.
The winner will be chosen from those who posts a comment below. I will look for a co-judge to determine who that is.
Entries will be accepted until 21.00 (GMT +2) Wednesday, March 2nd, 2011.
Winner will be announced by 23.00 (GMT +2) Wednesday, March 2nd, 2011.
The Winner will receive a full Flex Pass valued at $2,095 - Hotel and Travel arrangements you will have to take care of yourself.
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