Community Leader of the Year

The user group leaders in New Zealand do an outstanding job.

These are the people who out of passion for technology start and/or run a user group in New Zealand.  Month in and month out they organize venues, speakers, beer, pizza, mailing lists, attendees, prizes and a host of other things just to enable you to get together with friends and colleagues and learn about the latest technology.

At Microsoft, we recognize the work these tireless people do, so we felt it was time we did something to recognize the best of these leaders.

So - I'm thrilled to be able to announce the Community leader of the year award!

The goal of this award is to reward the top community leaders based on:

  • Consistency of meetings
  • Growth in attendee numbers
  • Number of speakers presenting at the group
  • Volunteers from inside the group getting involved in community initiatives
  • Demonstrating initiative and innovative strategic thinking
  • Helping other community leaders improve through sharing best practices or similar
  • PR or media coverage of group activity

What are the prizes?

1st Prize: 5 Day holiday package for two to the Gold Coast valued at approximately $2500*

2nd Prize: XBOX 360™ Elite Console

3rd Prize: Microsoft® Wireless Entertainment Desktop 8000

Who's eligible?

The award is designed for leaders of User Groups related to Microsoft software products and technology. The only criterion for entry is that the leader must be listed as a contact for a User Group on

Entry is open to user groups started and running before November 2007. Groups should be active through to July 2008. Winners will be announced on June 23rd, 2008.

Terms and conditions (the fine print):

All decisions of the judges with regards to the prize winners will be final and no correspondence will be entered into. Prizes are not transferable or exchangeable or redeemable for cash.

It is a condition of receiving a prize that prize winners agree that to the extent permitted by law, Microsoft New Zealand Limited, its associated companies and agencies will not be liable for any direct, indirect, or consequential loss of damage whatsoever, including personal injury, which is suffered in connection with receiving any prize.

It is a condition of accepting any prize that the winner agrees to Microsoft publicly disclosing the winner’s name and town or city.

*The Holiday Package for two includes return economy flights to Brisbane and 5 nights accommodation at a hotel on the Gold Coast. The winner and the person who accompanies the winner are responsible for obtaining (at their own cost) insurance, passports, transfers to and from the airport and anything necessary to benefit from the prize. If the winner is under 18 years of age, the winner must have a parent or guardian’s permission to travel and must be accompanied by an adult. Flights are subject to availability and travel must be completed by November 30, 2008.

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  1. I know – the last one only just came out yesterday. I’ll blame the spam legislation 🙂 Here is this

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