When we get some time out from bringing you all the latest IT Pro news, events and competitions, we like to do our bit for charity here at TechNet. The Developer Partner Evangelism (DPE) Group at Microsoft, of which TechNet is a part, are undertaking a ‘Store Wars’ challenge in conjunction with Naomi House and Jacks Place Children’s Hospice. As part of the fundraising for this wonderful charity our team members have come up with two great opportunities.

Over the next couple of days we are holding two auctions, one for a days Architecture Design Session for your company in the Microsoft Technology Centre and one for a days Interactive Marketing Session with our experts. But here’s the catch – you don’t know what everyone else is bidding, so you have to bid what’s you think it’s worth!

The deadline to get your bid in is Friday 14th October at 3pm, for updates on the highest bids take a look at the @RomseySoft Twitter account.

Further information on the prizes, Naomi House and how to enter can be found below. Many thanks for your support.

 

A One-Day Architecture Design Session in the Microsoft Technology Centre

This session focuses on the objectives of your business and looks at how the latest Microsoft technologies can help you meet your goals and explore new business opportunities. We’ll provide architectural guidance, consultation on preferred practices, and risk analysis to chief technology officers, architects, and senior members of your development team. The ADS will be facilitated by senior Microsoft architects with deep knowledge of key technologies across client, server, database, mobile and cloud, and with extensive experience of aligning business requirements and technology strategy. For more information, please see the Microsoft Technology Centre website.

Make your Bid for the MTC

 

A One-Day Interactive Marketing Session - Marketing to the Next Level

Phil Cross and Sara Allison are 2 Marketers in Microsoft DPE and would be delighted to work with a partner for a day sharing insight, experiences and laughs in an interactive workshop session based on specific challenges you are facing. The outcome would be to give you some ideas and tangible steps to take your marketing to the next level. Obviously we are doing this to raise money for charity and whilst we are not professional trainers we do live and breathe marketing to a huge audience every single day.

Phil has many years’ experience in Marketing both outside and inside Microsoft, from product management through to driving customer satisfaction to thousands of IT Professionals and Students. Obviously to do this you have to be creative with channels and resources! Sara is the editor of the UK Microsoft Developer Network website, blog and newsletter, as well as Ubelly, the unofficial official Microsoft blog for developers who love the web. As well as enjoying developing creative stories to engage her audience, she’s also keen on using social media and good old face to face communication to listen to what people want to hear about and help spread the word.

Make your Bid for the Marketing Experience

 

About Naomi House

Naomi House Children's Hospice - Every day, Naomi House helps to relieve the pressures faced by families caring for a very sick child who won’t live to become an adult. Since 1997 we have been able to provide a home-from home environment to over 600 families thanks to the support of thousands of individuals, hundreds of volunteers and many local companies.  
Your support can make such a difference. Whether you can donate money or time, we offer a range of ways to help children with life-limiting conditions and their families to enjoy precious time together at Naomi House.
Naomi House relies heavily on donations. We receive over 90% of our funding from supporters across Berkshire, Dorset, Hampshire, Isle of Wight, West Sussex, Surrey and Wiltshire. Every donation, large or small makes a difference, to the children and families who receive support from us.
Hundreds of children and families benefit from the work of Naomi House  each year, your donation can help to ensure that we can continue to give them the support they need .Every day, Naomi House helps to relieve the pressures faced by families caring for a very sick child who won’t live to become an adult. Since 1997 we have been able to provide a home-from home environment to over 600 families thanks to the support of thousands of individuals, hundreds of volunteers and many local companies. Your support can make such a difference. Whether you can donate money or time, we offer a range of ways to help children with life-limiting conditions and their families to enjoy precious time together at Naomi House. Naomi House relies heavily on donations. We receive over 90% of our funding from supporters across Berkshire, Dorset, Hampshire, Isle of Wight, West Sussex, Surrey and Wiltshire. Every donation, large or small makes a difference, to the children and families who receive support from us. Hundreds of children and families benefit from the work of Naomi House each year, your donation can help to ensure that we can continue to give them the support they need. For more information visit www.naomihouse.org.uk

 

Terms and Conditions

1. ELIGIBILITY: This competition is open to any person resident in the UK who is 18 years of age or older at the time of entry. Employees of Microsoft or its affiliates, subsidiaries, advertising or promotion agencies are not eligible, nor are members of these employees’ families (defined as parents, children, siblings, spouse and life partners).

2. TO ENTER:

Method 1 (For Prize 1) - Send an e-mail to v-rapeck@microsoft.com containing your contact details and bid amount, stating “MTC Charity Auction” in the e-mail subject line.

Method 2 (For Prize 2) - Send an e-mail to v-rapeck@microsoft.com containing your contact details and bid amount, stating “Marketing Experience Auction Bid” in the e-mail subject line.

Microsoft is not responsible for lost, corrupted or delayed entries. Only one entry per person will be accepted. No purchase necessary. Entry constitutes full and unconditional acceptance of these Terms and Conditions. Microsoft reserves the right to disqualify anyone in breach of these Terms and Conditions.

3. TIMING: This competition runs from 09.00:00 am BST on 10 October 2011 until 15.00:00 p.m. on 14 October 2011(inclusive). Completed entries must reach Microsoft no later than the closing date.

4. USE OF DATA: Personal data which you provide when you enter this competition shall be used for the purposes of this competition only.

5. SELECTION OF WINNERS: There will be two winners, one for each Entry Method. The winners will be the entrants who have submitted the highest bid through the methods defined above by the closing date. In the case of two identical bids for one Prize having been received, the winner will be the individual whose bid was received first.

Rachel Peck will notify the winners by email by 17 October 2011. If a potential winner cannot be contacted, through no fault of Microsoft, within FIVE (5) working days after the first attempt, an alternative winner with the next highest bid amount will be selected. The winner may be required to become involved in further publicity or advertising.

The winner must submit their winning bid amount through the Virgin Money Giving donation page here no later than 12:00:00 on 18 October 2011. Failure to submit your winning bid amount will result in an alternative winner being selected.

6. PRIZE: A total of two (2) prizes are available, one (1) per entry method.

Prize 1 - A one-day Architecture Design Session in the Microsoft Technology Centre. This session focuses on the objectives of your business and looks at how the latest Microsoft technologies can help you meet your goals and explore new business opportunities. We’ll provide architectural guidance, consultation on preferred practices, and risk analysis to chief technology officers, architects, and senior members of your development team. The ADS will be facilitated by senior Microsoft architects with deep knowledge of key technologies across client, server, database, mobile and cloud, and with extensive experience of aligning business requirements and technology strategy.

Prize 2 - A one-day Marketing Interactive Session- Marketing to the Next Level. Phil Cross and Sara Allison are 2 Marketers in Microsoft DPE and would be delighted to work with a partner for a day sharing insight, experiences and laughs in an interactive workshop session based on specific challenges you are facing. The outcome would be to give you some ideas and tangible steps to take your marketing to the next level.

Prizes are as stated and are not transferable. No cash alternatives available.

7. WINNERS LIST: The winner consents to their first name and surname being made publicly available. The winners surname will be available for a period of 30 days after the closing date by emailing Rachel Peck at v-rapeck@microsoft.com.

8. OTHER: No correspondence will be entered into regarding either this competition or these Terms and Conditions. In the unlikely event of a dispute, Microsoft’s decision shall be final. Microsoft reserves the right to amend, modify, cancel or withdraw this competition at any time without notice.

All Money raised will be donated to Naomi House; Microsoft will not accrue any financial benefit from this auction.

Each day we will announce the value of the leading bid through twitter using the account @RomseySoft.

Promoter: Microsoft Limited, Microsoft Campus, Thames Valley Park, Reading, RG6 1WG, England