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Why I hate twitter contests: An alternative way to win FREE tickets to Launch Party Vancouver 10!

EDIT: Congratulations to @andreliem & @ashkan2 for winning the contest! Thanks to everyone for participating in our little experiment. 😉

I don’t care why you hate twitter contest. Just show me how to win free tickets to Launch Party Vancouver 10!!

I’ll be honest: In general, I hate twitter contests.

They’re too ‘spammy’, in-your-face, & don’t give enough value to the people entering (other than the incentive of winning). They’re kind of like those multi-level-marketing “we can help you make $8,030,100 a day without trying” meetings.

Now, I’m sure they work (for the same reasons spamming thousands of people & getting those people to spam others works), but I wanted to brainstorm a way to offer the benefits of contests without the spamminess.

An alternative…

So I came up with this: People “enter” the contest by tweeting something of value to others. Simple. That way, even without the contest ‘incentive’, you get pure value just by reading the entries.

Motivated in part by my earlier post where I mentioned that we need to talk about each other’s success more, this week, I asked the 1000+ Vancouver Startup Digest readers which local startups they’re excited about & why.  Every tweet to @SDVancouver with info on the best Vancouver startups will be an entry into a contest to win free tickest to Launch Party Vancouver 10!

You can win tickets to Launch Party Vancouver 10 too!

So, if you’re interested you can enter the contest yourself by tweeting out your list of top Vancouver startups to @SDVancouver, or commenting on this post!

Some other links on Launch Party:

Video of past memorable moments

Official Site

A great summary on Vancouver’s “Technology coming out Party” & another contest by Vancouverite Emme Rogers

Good luck!

Startup Digest is a weekly curated list of the best startup events in a city. We’re in over 55 cities with almost 50,000 subscribers worldwide. I curate the Vancouver SD, which you can sign up for here.



Jon Chui (pronounced "chew") has been building iOS/Android apps for the last 7 years, the last 3 working on Google Maps, Inbox by Gmail and Google's Search App. Though he grew up in a Christian family and to parents who would end up giving up their 25 years of hard-earned comforts/affluence in Canada to go back to China as missionaries when he was 14, being a Christian was always in his head, and he would constantly struggle with trying to unify the sacred and the secular - until last year. However, through a radical transformation[] @ work last year (which he can't take ANY credit for), he & his wife & 2 young boys have decided to leave Google, sell/donate everything they have so to serve the poor & marginalized with Jesus’ love as missionaries with's Family DTS in Kona, hawaii then to the Philippines. Read more about their family journey @, and reach out to him @ If you're a recruiter with freelance jobs or have tech projects for jon feel free to reach out to him -

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