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July 2, 2018  3:21 PM

July 2018 Activity Contest

Michael Tidmarsh Michael Tidmarsh Profile: Michael Tidmarsh
ITKE, ITKE Contests


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Happy Fourth of July everyone! Who’s ready for some fireworks? But before you start celebrating America’s birthday, it’s actually time for the start of another activity contest too. Also, here’s a look at the final standings for June’s contest:

  • Subhendu Sen: 2,140 points
  • ToddN2000: 2,035 points
  • TheRealRaven: 740 points
  • Kevin Beaver: 210 points
  • Ankit3302: 180 points

And the big winners are:

  • $150 Amazon gift card: ToddN2000
  • $100 Amazon gift card: Subhendu Sen
  • $50 Amazon gift card: TheRealRaven

Congratulations to all of the winners!

Alright – moving right along to this month’s contest. Like I mentioned – there will be fireworks with some big prizes. How big? Well, we will have two $150 Amazon gift card winners! Yes, you read that correctly. How can you win one of the gift cards? Here are the rules:

  • First $150 Amazon gift card: The user has to reach 2,000 ITKE points to qualify
  • Second $150 Amazon gift card: The user needs to reach 500 ITKE points / remain engaged on the site to qualify.

Good luck to everyone and enjoy the holiday!

June 1, 2018  2:49 PM

June 2018 Activity Contest

Michael Tidmarsh Michael Tidmarsh Profile: Michael Tidmarsh
ITKE, ITKE Contests


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Wow – we’re almost halfway through 2018 already. Can you believe that? Pretty soon fall and winter will be here but let’s enjoy summer first. And there’s also one more thing that you can take pleasure in: It’s the start of a new activity contest! But let’s take a look back at May’s contest first, shall we? Here were the final standings:

  • ToddN2000: 2,255 points
  • Subhendu Sen: 2,040 points
  • TheRealRaven: 1,100 points
  • Kevin Beaver: 350 points
  • Azohawk: 250 points
  • Vivekntt21: 250 points
  • GregManzo: 210 points

And now to the big winners:

  • $150 Amazon gift card: ToddN2000
  • $100 Amazon gift card: TheRealRaven
  • $50 Amazon gift card: Azohawk

Congratulations to all of our winners – well deserved!

Now, moving right along to this month’s contest: As the saying goes: “Third times a charm”. Well, that’s the theme of June as we will be running the same contest once again. Did you forget the rules? Here’s a quick reminder:

  • $150 Amazon gift card: The user has to reach 2,000 ITKE points to qualify
  • $100 Amazon gift card: The user needs to reach 1,000 ITKE points to qualify and remain engaged on the site throughout the month.
  • $50 Amazon gift card: The user needs to reach 200 ITKE points to qualify and remain engaged on the site throughout the month.

So enough of the small talk so get started by answering and discussing all these great questions. Good luck to everyone!


May 1, 2018  4:23 PM

May 2018 Activity Contest

Michael Tidmarsh Michael Tidmarsh Profile: Michael Tidmarsh
ITKE, ITKE Contests


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Ah, the month of May – Summer is just around the corner. It’s just about time to get the swimming pools, grills and barbecues ready. And there’s also one more thing to get ready for: Another activity contest! But let’s take a quick look back at April’s contest:

  • ToddN2000: 2,110 points
  • Subhendu Sen: 2,090 points
  • TheRealRaven: 620 points
  • GregManzo: 275 points
  • Kevin Beaver: 220 points
  • Splat: 200 points

Drum roll please – the winner of the $150 Amazon gift card is: Subhendu Sen! Awesome job.

And the winners of the $100 and $50 gift cards are: ToddN2000 and GregManzo. Congratulations!

So, let’s get right to May’s contest. Since April was so popular among the community, why not run it again? Here are the details (in case you have forgotten):

  • $150 Amazon gift card: The user has to reach 2,000 ITKE points to qualify
  • $100 Amazon gift card: The user needs to reach 1,000 ITKE points to qualify and remain engaged on the site throughout the month.
  • $50 Amazon gift card: The user needs to reach 200 ITKE points to qualify and remain engaged on the site throughout the month.

So – it’s time to get cooking! Not on the grill but by answering questions. Good luck to everyone!


April 2, 2018  5:20 PM

April 2018 Activity Contest

Michael Tidmarsh Michael Tidmarsh Profile: Michael Tidmarsh
ITKE, ITKE Contests


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It’s finally April – do you know what that means? It’s officially baseball season! That means hot dogs, peanuts and America’s pastime have arrived. And there’s also one more thing….another activity contest is here! But let’s first take a look at last month’s contest:

  • Subhendu Sen: 2,540 points
  • ToddN2000: 2,525 points
  • TheRealRaven: 375 points
  • Kevin Beaver: 365 points
  • Splat: 220 points

Well, who won the $200 Amazon gift card? Round of applause for ToddN2000! Congratulations!

And this month’s ‘ITKE user of the month’ was Subhendu Sen – who won a $100 gift card. Over 5,000 ITKE points between them – an incredible accomplishment.

Now, moving right around to April’s contest. There’s a baseball quote that goes: Three strikes and you’re out! Well, instead of three strikes, we’re going to have three winners. Here’s how the contest will setup:

  • $150 Amazon gift card: The user has to reach 2,000 ITKE points to qualify
  • $100 Amazon gift card: The user needs to reach 1,000 ITKE points to qualify and remain engaged on the site throughout the month.
  • $50 Amazon gift card: The user needs to reach 200 ITKE points to qualify and remain engaged on the site throughout the month.

This contest sure seems like a ‘home run’ to me. Good luck and if you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to ask.


March 2, 2018  4:12 PM

March 2018 Activity Contest

Michael Tidmarsh Michael Tidmarsh Profile: Michael Tidmarsh
ITKE, ITKE Contests


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Well, it’s officially March. It’s time for some basketball and March Madness! But also the next activity contest too. However, let’s take a look back at February first:

  • ToddN2000: 2,110 points
  • Subhendu Sen: 2,050 points
  • Kevin Beaver: 285 points
  • TheRealRaven: 265 points
  • Splat: 145 points

And the winner of the $150 Amazon gift card is: ToddN2000. Great work and congratulations!

And who are the winners of the ITKE ‘user of the month contests’? Well, Subhendu Sen won our $100 Amazon gift card but no one unfortunately reached 500 points to qualify for the $50 gift card. But guess what – I’m still going to give it away! The winner is….Splat!

Now, moving right along to March’s contest. This month, we will have two big winners! The first user can win a $200 Amazon gift card. How? Well, all he/she has to do is reach 2,500 ITKE points to qualify. It’s that simple (just like making a layup).

For March’s ‘user of the month’ contest, it will be the same as last month (but with a higher prize). Any user who reaches 500 ITKE points and remains engaged on the site throughout the month will qualify for the prize ($100 Amazon gift card).

Both of these prizes seem like a ‘slam dunk’ to me so starting piling up the points.

Good luck!


February 1, 2018  7:37 PM

February 2018 Activity Contest

Michael Tidmarsh Michael Tidmarsh Profile: Michael Tidmarsh
ITKE, ITKE contest


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It’s February – do you know what that means? It’s Super Bowl time! But there’s also something else…another activity contest. But first, let’s take a look at how the ITKE community did in last month’s contest.

  • ToddN2000: 2,670 points
  • Subhendu Sen: 2,590 points
  • TheRealRaven: 330 points
  • KevinBeaver: 295 points
  • Splat: 220 points

And the winner of the $200 Amazon gift card is: ToddN2000. Congratulations!

But wait – I didn’t forget about our three ‘ITKE users of the month’. A round of applause to Splat, TheRealRaven and KevinBeaver. Well deserved.

So, let’s get right to February’s contest. As I mentioned – February is the time for one of the biggest sporting events on the planet. How can you score a ‘touchdown’ this month? All you have to do is reach 2,000 ITKE points and you will qualify to win a $150 Amazon gift card. It’s that easy!

And for our ITKE users of the month contest, there’s going to be a twist. Any user who reaches 1,000 points and remains engaged on the site throughout the month, you will qualify to win a $100 gift card. Any user who reaches 500 points and remains engaged in the community, you will qualify to win a $50 gift card.

Good luck and enjoy the big game!


January 2, 2018  5:03 PM

January 2018 Activity Contest

Michael Tidmarsh Michael Tidmarsh Profile: Michael Tidmarsh
ITKE, ITKE contest


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Happy New Year everyone! I hope everyone got to spend some quality time with their friends and families. But it’s time to get back to work and start totaling up the points in this month’s activity contest. But before that, let’s take a look at December’s contest.

  • Subhendu Sen: 2,580 points
  • ToddN2000: 2,535 points
  • Jaideep Khanduja: 290 points
  • Gayathri123: 265 points
  • Anandx: 250 points

And the big winner of the $200 Amazon gift card is: Subhendu Sen. Congratulations!

Also – the winners of the $50 Amazon gift cards (ITKE users of the month) are: ToddN2000 and Anandx. Great job both of you!

Now – let’s get to the part that everyone has been waiting for – January’s contest. Since December was such a big hit, let’s do it again. Like last month, the winner will win a $200 Amazon gift card. Just make sure to reach the 2,500 point barrier to qualify.

You’re now wondering about the ITKE users of the month contest, right? Well, we’re going to have three winners (yes, I said three). It’s simple – just reach 200 points for the month and remain engaged on the site to have a chance to win a $50 Amazon gift card.

Good luck and let’s have a great start to the new year!


December 1, 2017  6:53 PM

December 2017 Activity Contest

Michael Tidmarsh Michael Tidmarsh Profile: Michael Tidmarsh
ITKE, ITKE Contests


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December – my favorite month. Why? Because Santa Claus is coming to town and he’s bringing some presents. And guess what – I have presents for the ITKE community too. But before we get into that, let’s take a look at last month’s activity contest.

  • ToddN2000: 2,575 points
  • Subhendu Sen: 2,540 points
  • Jaideep Khanduja: 565 points
  • Anandx: 290 points
  • Gayathri123: 290 points

And the winner of the $175 Amazon gift card is: ToddN2000. Congrats!

Also, the two ‘ITKE of the month’ winners are: Splat and Gayathri123. Both will receive a $50 Amazon gift card.

Now, let’s get to the biggest contest of the year (it’s a Christmas miracle). The winner of this month’s contest will win a $200 Amazon gift card. That’s a nice present right there! All you need to is reach 2,500 ITKE points in December to qualify.

And I will once again have two winners for the ‘ITKE of the month contest. Both users will receive a $50 Amazon gift card. All you need to do is reach 200 ITKE points and remain engaged on the site. Sounds like Christmas came early, right? Well, it did. Good luck and Merry Christmas!


November 1, 2017  5:20 PM

November 2017 Activity Contest

Michael Tidmarsh Michael Tidmarsh Profile: Michael Tidmarsh
ITKE, ITKE Contests


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November – the month of Thanksgiving. It’s almost time for turkey, stuffing, cranberries and family. But it’s also time for something else….another activity contest! But before we dive in, let’s reminisce about October’s contest. Here were the top users from last month:

  • ToddN2000: 2,820 points
  • Subhendu Sen: 2,540 points
  • Kevin Beaver: 390 points
  • Jaideep Khanduja: 325 points
  • Azohawk: 200 points

To start, the winner of the $150 Amazon gift card is: Subhendu Sen. Congratulations.

And the two winners of the $50 gift cards are ToddN2000 and Azohawk.

Now – moving right along to November’s contest. First off – I’m in a ‘thankful’ mood so I would like to personally thank all of the ITKE users for contributing their time and energy to the site. How can I repay you for all your hard work? With Amazon gift cards, of course!

Once again, there will be three winners this month. The biggest prize will be a $175 Amazon gift card (yes, you read that correctly). How can you win it? All you need to do is reach 2,500 ITKE points to qualify.

And for the second part, two winners will win a $50 Amazon gift card each. These users will just have to reach 150 ITKE points and remain engaged on the site throughout the month. It’s that simple.

If any of you have questions, please contact me. Good luck and Happy Thanksgiving!


October 2, 2017  2:54 PM

October 2017 Activity Contest

Michael Tidmarsh Michael Tidmarsh Profile: Michael Tidmarsh
ITKE, ITKE Contests


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It’s October already? Wow – another month has flown by (along with September’s activity contest). How did the ITKE community stack up last month? Here were the final standings:

  • ToddN2000: 2,785 points
  • Subhendu Sen: 2,540 points
  • Kevin Beaver: 205 points
  • Jaideep Khanduja: 180 points
  • WoodEngineer: 140 points

And the winner of the $150 Amazon gift card is: ToddN2000! Congratulations.

And the ‘ITKE users of the month’ winners are Kevin Beaver and Subhendu Sen. Both will receive a $50 Amazon gift card.

Now, there’s a saying that goes: “Third time’s a charm.” Well, that’s the theme of this month’s contest as everything will remain the same from the August / September contests. Let me go over the guidelines again:

  • One user will win a $150 Amazon gift card (all they need to do is reach 2,500 ITKE points)
  • Two users will win a $50 Amazon gift card (The users have to reach 200 ITKE points and remained engaged on the site throughout October).

Well, it’s that simple so start adding those comments now! And if you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to ask.


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