By Neil McCormick
Search For Ireland’s Biggest Inner Geek Launched
To celebrate the launch of Windows 7 on Thursday 22nd October, Microsoft has launched a nationwide search for Ireland’s biggest inner geek. Technology plays a key role in everyone’s lives today and Microsoft is calling on the public to nominate people with an inner geek.
For example, this person might:
• Know more people online than in the real world;
• Use Skype to keep in touch with friends and family members in different parts of the world;
• Get their kids out of bed at an unearthly hour on Christmas morning just so they can play with their kids’ new gadgets;
• Prefer to instant message someone even though they are in the same room;
• Always have to have the latest and greatest MP3 player, mobile phone or computer game;
• Be prone to bouts of nostalgia, discussing Wolfenstein, Windows 3.0, Comic Chat and 8-bit gaming at every possible opportunity;
• Text more than talk to their friends.
The competition has been launched to celebrate the role that ordinary people from all walks of life have played in developing Windows 7. Thousands of people from across the globe and Ireland gave feedback to Microsoft on the features they would like to see included in Windows 7 and were involved in testing the new operating system. Some of the features incorporated as a result of this feedback include having to make less clicks, the ability to watch TV on a PC, parental controls and less popup interruptions.
The public is free to nominate the person they believe merits the title of Ireland’s biggest inner geek; it can be a friend, family member, neighbour or even themselves. All that is required to enter is to log onto http://www.celebrategeek.ie, enter their nomination and to outline the important role that gadgets and technology plays in the nominee’s life.
Commenting on the competition, Ronald Dockery, Microsoft Ireland, said, “We are so excited by the role that ordinary people from all walks of life have played in making Windows 7 a reality that we want to publicly salute them for this. We think lots of us have a little bit of an inner geek just waiting to get out and this is your chance to celebrate that love for gadgets and the net. That’s why we want the public to nominate a person they know with an inner geek just bursting to get out.”
Nominations close at 6pm on Wednesday 14th October 2009. A panel of judges will select the winner and the prize will be awarded at a special party being held in Dublin on 21st of October 2009 to mark the launch of Windows 7 in Ireland. The panel of judges includes Marie Boran, technology journalist with Gadgetrepublic.com, Darragh Doyle, Community Manager for Boards.ie and twitter addict, and Rick O’Shea, 2fm DJ and twitterer.
The winner will receive a home entertainment package including a copy of Windows 7, a laptop, an Xbox 360 Elite, Xbox LIVE subscription, a selection of video games and a mobile phone. Everyone nominated and those who nominate them will be entered into a draw to attend the launch party in the Temple Bar Music Centre on Wednesday 21st October.
Competition terms & conditions
1: You can nominate only once.
2: The closing date is 6pm on Wednesday 14th October 2009 and late entries will not be accepted.
3: The judges’ decision is final.
4: The person being nominated must be resident in the Republic of Ireland.
5: Microsoft employees cannot nominate themselves but can nominate family or friends.