The top prizes at Blueprint will be awarded through a random prize draw, but is directly influenced by how many points you gain throughout the conference. There are a ton of prizes this year, such as the iPad Air and the Nintendo Switch! All you need to know is more points = more entries = higher chance of winning!
There are many ways to gain points, mostly throughout the days of the conference. However, there may be some ways for you to gain points right now! Please refer to "how do you earn points" for more information.
It will be a competitive race to get points, we expect it to be. However, please be respectful of others and maintain a standard level of professionalism. This includes being humble and genuine to attendees, BizTech executives and professionals, especially during the days of the event. Executives will be monitoring all activity at the event and will take note of disrespectful behaviour. Attendees that are deemed too disruptive may be removed from eligibility into the prize draw without warning.
Executives will be manually checking form submissions for points and reviewing any discrepancies. Attendees found cheating will be immediately removed from the prize draw. For example, with 3 separate workshop sessions, you should not be submitting 4 workshop forms. Furthermore, when you submit a form for a certain workshop, you should not be also submitting another form for a workshop happening at the same time.
The first entry into the prize draw will require 50 points. Thereafter, every 10 points you earn is equivalent to one entry for the draw. In other words, the more points you gain, the higher the chances you have of winning one of our awesome prizes.
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