(Follow the contest via this blog post (which will be updated in real-time as badge pictures are received) and the conversation by watching hashtag #badgeking on Twitter)
1. Todd Smith 21
2. Tim Jackson 19
The gauntlet has been thrown. The challenge has been accepted. The prize is set. The game is on.
The “Badge King” is a contest where the contenders will race to collect as many meeting & conference badges as possible. Why? Just because. You see, both contenders are prolific speakers and avid travelers. They have special hot-lines to the airlines, at hotels they are VIPs, restaurants have tables saved just for them… heck, they would bump movie stars out of first class.
Have you seen that movie “Up In The Air“, you know, the one with George Clooney. There’s a scene in it where Ryan (George Clooney) and Alex (Vera Farmiga), who are both frequent travelers, empty their pockets, wallets and purses in a race to compare who had the highest standing on airlines, rental car companies, and hotels via loyalty cards. This is kind of like that…except it’s two guys and it’s about conferences and meetings. Their “frequent flyer” cards are badges.. and they’re throwing them on the table trying to see who has the biggest… uh.. never mind.
- Only “official” printed meeting and conference badges count. Name tags that say “Hello, My name is” etc. do not. (If they counted then they’d all just sit in their offices and write their names on bulk boxes of name tags..or more likely make their staff do it).
- Pictures must be taken of the badges and e-mailed to me, Arnold Tijerina. They both know my e-mail address so there’s no excuses!
- Dates of the contest: January 1, 2011 through December 31, 2011. (Yeah, they wanted to backdate it.. wusses)
Tim W. Jackson – President of the Colorado Auto Dealers Association
Todd Smith – CEO of ActivEngage
*Donated to a charity chosen by the winner
Who do you think will win?
[UPDATE 1/17/12: Tim Jackson and Todd Smith have agreed to make the contest a TIE and both donate money.]