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CppCon 2020 Survey Official Rules




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. 


This Sweepstakes starts on September 14, 2020, and ends on September 18, 2020 (“Entry Period”) and will be conducted during regular event hours. One Winner will be selected per day at 15:00 MDT throughout the entry period. 

Entries must be received within the Entry Period to be eligible. 


You are eligible to enter if you meet the following requirements at time entry: 

  •  You are a registered attendee ofCppConand 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.Thereforeresidents 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.

This Sweepstakes is void where prohibited by law. 


You can enter by completing a short survey, http://aka.ms/cppcon. All required survey questions must be answered to receive an entry. 

We will only accept one (1) entry(ies) per entrant. 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.


Every day at 15:00 MDT between September 14, 2020 to September 18, 2020, we will randomly select winner of the prizes designated below. 

Five (5) Grand Prize(s). A(n) Microsoft Flight Simulator Product Key. Approximate Retail Value (ARV) $59.99. 

The ARV of electronic prizes is subject to price fluctuations in the consumer marketplace based on, among other things, any gap in time between the date the ARV is estimated for purposes of these Official Rules and the date the prize is awarded or redeemed. We will determine the value of the prize to be the fair market value at the time of prize award. 

The total Approximate Retail Value (ARV) of all prizes: $299.95 

We will only award one (1) prize(s) per person during the Entry Period. 


Winners will be selected randomly and must be present at time of drawing to win. 


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.


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. 


If you send an email to visualcpp@microsoft.com within 30 days of winner selection, we will provide you with a list of winners that receive a prize worth $25.00 or more. 

This Sweepstakes is sponsored by Microsoft Corporation, One Microsoft Way, Redmond, WA 98052. 


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 visualcpp@microsoft.com or postal mail to visualcpp@microsoft.com, Microsoft Privacy, Microsoft Corporation, One Microsoft Way, Redmond, WA 98052 USA, and we will use commercially reasonable efforts to remedy the situation. 

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