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Blackberry Navigation Competition Coming to Minneapolis

This looks interesting.

Blackberry is hosting a navigation race in Minneapolis on the 31st called the BlackBerry Curve Challenge. Up to 150 2-person teams can compete and the winning team wins a trip to San Francisco to compete in the finals where each winning team mate receives a, “magnificent ONE-week, all-expense-paid vacation to one of these world-famous destinations: Rome, Paris, Maui or the Mayan Riviera!”

Here are the deets:

WHO: Minneapolis urban thrivers who possess the brawn and brain to outrace their peers in a physical and mental contest to navigate Minneapolis are encouraged to enter the upcoming BlackBerry Curve Challenge. The Challenge is limited to 150, two-person teams. Participation is free and open to adults aged 18 and older.

WHAT: Challengers will compete in this qualifying leg of the BlackBerry Curve Challenge: DESTINATION ALCATRAZ, vying to finish first and thereby qualify to compete in the final challenge in San Francisco. Challengers will compete in a timed multi-mile, multi-disciplinary race that will incorporate Minneapolis’s layout and landmarks in a competition that tests a two-person teams’ urban orienting skills, physical ability and mental prowess.

Additionally, each team will be provided a critical, multi-functional tool: The new BlackBerry Curve 8330 smartphone from Verizon Wireless. Savvy teams will maximize the advanced functions of the BlackBerry Curve 8330 smartphone to optimize their race performance. This advanced smartphone will provide participants a variety of race-day solutions including turn-by-turn navigation to and from each checkpoint using its built in GPS with VZ Navigator, researching clues via the Internet, fulfilling requirements to take photos of finds, and obtaining input from friends and family via mobile phone and text messages.

WHERE: Guthrie Theater, 818 South 2nd St.
– Serves as the Start & Finish line
– Will also host the BlackBerry Curve Challenge Village for spectators, featuring entertainment, prize-awarding contests and BlackBerry Curve 8330 smartphone demonstrations

– 8:30 – 9:30 a.m. Team Orientation
– 10 a.m. Start
– Average time required to competitively complete the race: 3 – 4 hours

HOW: Advanced registration suggested
Register online at
– Day-of registrations accepted on-site if race slots are still available

PRIZES: The top 30 teams will receive one BlackBerry® Curve™ 8330 smartphone for each participant. The winning Minneapolis Challenge team will compete in the Ultimate Challenge in San Francisco on June 14th . Both members of the team will receive an all expense paid, three-night stay in San Francisco for themselves and one guest. Members of the winning team of Destination Alcatraz, the final challenge in San Francisco, win an all expense paid trip for two to their choice destination of Maui, Paris, Rome or the Mayan Riviera.

According to the site, the qualifying rounds are in Minneapolis, Boston, and Portland, so not many cities. I imagine someone reading this would have a good shot in this competition. Let us know if you decide to sign up (unless your strategy is based on NOT letting us know).

I Won A Treo!

palm Treo 750 Smartphone (Cingular)Hey Peeps, I don’t ask much of you, being that you’re mostly reading this stuff when you should be working, studying, or playing video games. But when I did ask something of you, you really stepped up. Here’s the evidence from Palm’s microblog:
CES 2007 Micro Blog: Final Contest and Random Drawing Winners

And the winners are…
Best job blogging about CES:
-Chris Leckness of Mobility Site
-Ed Kohler of Technology Evangelist

That’s right. With your help, I won a brand spankin’ new Treo Smartphone.

See, we really can make the world a better place if we all work together. It took a village to help me win this phone. Thanks for being a part of my village.

Win a Palm Treo Smartphone

Palm is giving away a couple Treos to the top contributors to the microblog they ran during last week’s Consumer Electronics Show. I was one of eight contributors with enough posts to be eligible to win a Treo, but I won’t be able to win one without help from you. Don’t look behind yourself. I’m talking to YOU.

Here’s the beauty of this: voting earns you a chance to win a Treo too.  

Just send an email like this:

To: microblog at palm dot com

Subject: Vote for Ed (Technology Evangelist)

Body: Your name and address.

If this isn’t clear, find more information on the Palm Microblog, or on Technology Evangelist.

I don’t know what the chances of winning are, but I imagine they’re pretty darn good. It’s certainly worth the time it takes to send a simple email.