Hello Partners!

 
The wait is over, and WPC is finally here! I am delighted to personally welcome you to the 2014 Worldwide Partner Conference in Washington, D.C. Make sure to attend the Welcome Reception from 5:00 – 7:00pm this evening where you can visit the Social Hub and enter to win a $500 Microsoft retail store gift card—you can find more details below!
 
As you’re arriving and preparing for the event, I want to remind you of the resources that will support your WPC experience: For easy access to information on the go, download the WPC 2014 mobile app. Available on multiple device platforms, this app keeps you connected at WPC. It syncs with WPC connect, your Outlook calendar, and OneNote, so you can easily keep track of actionable information and new connections.
 
New this year, we are also offering complimentary shuttle service from the Dulles and Ronald Reagan National (DCA) airports today from 11:00am – 6:00pm, but please note you’ll need your WPC email confirmation in order to board the shuttles. Partners flying into DCA also have the option to pick up their badges* at the airport between 8:00am and 7:00pm by Baggage Terminal B/C. Once you arrive and get settled at your hotel, if you haven’t already picked up your badge, registration and badge pick-up is available in the Walter E. Washington Convention Center from 8:00am – 9:00pm at the West Salon and Main Level.
 
Then, check out our animated short video for an overview of the event. As always, Digital WPC will provide most of the information you need throughout the conference, but be sure to follow us on Twitter @WPC and on the hashtag #WPC14 for real-time updates. Download our digital Conference Guide, and keep an eye on your email for daily updates.
 

Tonight, please join us to kick off the 2014 Worldwide Partner Conference from 5:00pm-7:00pm at the Welcome Reception. Start the week off right by celebrating with colleagues and friends you’ll get to know over the course of the week. Head on over after you finish watching the Germany vs. Argentina World Cup final and enjoy drinks and appetizers on us. Also, don’t forget to stop by the Social Hub to enter our gift card drawing for a chance to win a $500 Microsoft retail store gift card! Winners will be randomly drawn from a “fish bowl” located in the Social Hub.

 
We are accelerating our partnership in a mobile-first, cloud-first world at every turn during WPC 2014. Partners, we’re on this journey together.
 
I’m so excited to see you at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center!
 
Best,
 
Kati
 
*Note: Booth Staff, Speakers, and Day Pass holders will not be eligible for airport badge pick-up and must check-in at the Convention Center
 
MICROSOFT WPC WELCOME RECEPTION EVENT SWEEPSTAKES OFFICIAL RULES
 
NO PURCHASE NECESSARY. PLEASE NOTE: It is your sole responsibility to comply with your employer’s gift policies.  If your participation violates your employer’s policies, you may be disqualified. Microsoft disclaims any and all liability and will not be party to any disputes or actions related to this matter.
 
GOVERNMENT EMPLOYEES: Microsoft is committed to complying with government gift and ethics rules and therefore government employees are not eligible.
 
WHAT ARE THE START AND END DATES? This Sweepstakes starts at 5:00 p.m. on July 13, 2014, and ends at 6:30 p.m. on July 13, 2014 (“Entry Period”) and will be conducted during the WPC Welcome Reception. Winners will be selected at the close of the reception, around 7:00 p.m.
 
CAN I ENTER? You are eligible to enter if you meet the following requirements at time entry. This Sweepstakes is void where prohibited by law.
  • You are a registered attendee of WPC who is a partner actively enrolled in the Microsoft Partner Network (MPN) and you are 18 years of age or older; and

    • If you are 18 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

  • You are NOT a resident of any of the following countries: Cuba, Iran, North Korea, Sudan, and Syria.

     

    • 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 event exhibitor support personnel; and

  • You are NOT an employee of Microsoft Corporation, or an employee of a Microsoft subsidiary; and

  • You are NOT an immediate family (parent, sibling, spouse, child) or household member of a Microsoft employee, an employee of a Microsoft subsidiary, any person involved in any part of the administration and execution of this Sweepstakes.
HOW DO I ENTER? There are two (2) ways to enter:
  1. You can enter by attending the WPC Welcome Reception on July 13, 2014 and submitting your business card into a fishbowl.

  2. To enter without attending the reception, send an email to wwpartnerconference@microsoft.crgevents.com with your first/last name, MPN ID, email address and phone number. If you choose to enter via this method, we must receive your email no later than 10:00 a.m. EST on July 13, 2014.
We will only accept one (1) entry per person overall. We are not responsible for entries that we do not receive for any reason, or for entries that we receive but are not decipherable for any reason. We will automatically disqualify: any incomplete or illegible entry; and any entries that we receive from you that are in excess of the entry limit described above.
 
WINNER SELECTION AND PRIZES: At the close of the reception, we will randomly select winners of the prizes designated below. Three (3) First Prizes.  A Microsoft Retail Store Gift Card.  Approximate Retail Value (ARV) $500.00. The total Approximate Retail Value (ARV) of all prizes: $1,500. We will only award one (1) prize per person during the Entry Period.
 
WINNER NOTIFICATION: Winners will be selected instantly and if present, must claim their prize before the close of the event. If the winner selected entered via email, a winner notification email will be sent to the email address listed on the entry and the winner must respond within 24 hours to claim their prize.
 
GENERAL CONDITIONS: Taxes on the prize, if any, are the sole responsibility of the winner. All federal, state, and local laws and regulations apply. 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. Prize winners may be required to sign and return an Affidavit of Eligibility and Liability Release and W-9 tax form or W-8 BEN tax form within 10 days of notification. If you complete a tax form, you will be issued an IRS 1099 the following January, for the actual value of the prize. You are advised to seek independent counsel regarding the tax implications of accepting a prize. If a selected winner cannot be contacted, is ineligible, fails to claim a prize or fails to return the Affidavit of Eligibility and Liability Release or W-8 BEN form, the selected winner will forfeit their prize and an alternate winner will be selected. Your odds of winning depend on the number of eligible entries we receive. In the event of a dispute all decisions of Microsoft are final. 
 
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 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 IF SOMETHING UNEXPECTED HAPPENS AND THE SWEEPSTAKES CAN’T RUN AS PLANNED? If someone cheats, or a virus, bug, bot, catastrophic event, or any other unforeseen or unexpected event that cannot be reasonably anticipated or controlled, (also referred to as force majeure) affects the fairness and / or integrity of this Sweepstakes, we reserve the right to cancel, change or suspend this Sweepstakes. This right is reserved whether the event is due to human or technical error. If a solution cannot be found to restore the integrity of the Sweepstakes, we reserve the right to select winners from among all eligible entries received before we had to cancel, change or suspend the Sweepstakes. If you attempt or we have strong reason to believe that you have compromised the integrity or the legitimate operation of this Sweepstakes 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 fullest extent permitted by law. Further, we may disqualify you, and ban you from participating in any of our future Sweepstakes, so please play fairly.
 
WINNERS LIST AND SPONSOR: We will post the names of winners who received a prize worth $25.00 or more online at dwpc.com. This list will remain posted one month after winner selection. This Sweepstakes is sponsored by Microsoft Corporation, One Microsoft Way, Redmond, WA 98052.
 
PRIVACY STATEMENT: At Microsoft, we are committed to protecting your privacy. Microsoft uses the information you provide to notify prize winners, and to send you information about other Microsoft products and services, if requested by you. Microsoft will not share the information you provide with third parties without your permission except where necessary to complete the services or transactions you have requested, or as required by law. Microsoft is committed to protecting the security of your personal information. We use a variety of security technologies and procedures to help protect your personal information from unauthorized access, use, or disclosure. Your personal information is never shared outside the company without your permission, except under conditions explained above. If you believe that Microsoft has not adhered to this statement, please notify us by sending email to wwpartnerconference@microsoft.crgevents.com and we will use commercially reasonable efforts to remedy the situation.​