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Spring 2014 Channel Partners Parties & Prizes: Coveting an iPad Mini or Kindle Fire HD? Maybe Some Money?

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CHANNEL PARTNERS — Two of the main attractions of the Channel Partners Conference & Expo are the prize giveaways and parties. After all, what fun is a trade show without freebies and fun? Not to worry – exhibitors and sponsors have once again come through for you, offering everything from casino chips and gift cards to mobile devices and a tropical getaway. Check it all out here!

PRIZES

ANPI (Booth 2010): What's a trade show in Vegas without casino chip giveaways? ANPI's got you covered. Let ANPI scan your badge and then you may pick a chip out of the bowl. The values range from $1 to $500. ANPI also will be serving frosty beverages this week during expo hall hours.

DSCI Corp. (Booth 4020): Give DSCI your business card to have a shot at a $200 Amazon gift card. The drawing will take place next week and the winner notified by phone or email. Also, DSCI will be serving drinks on Wednesday and Thursday. Wednesday's libations, provided from 4-7 p.m., will consist of a Bloody Mary Bar; Thursday's, from 2-6 p.m., will feature wine and beer.

Equiinet (Booth 3019): Enter to win a Kindle Fire HD. The winner will be announced on Feb. 28 after the show closes, via email and Equiinet's social media outlets.

GLOBALINX (Booth 6026): An all-inclusive, tropical-destination trip for two probably sounds great right about now. Visit the GLOBALINX booth to get a blue key, plus a pass to its VIP event scheduled for Thursday (see below). Try your key in a lock box. The person whose key unlocks the box wins the getaway.

Level 3 Communications (Booth 4022): Drop off your business card at Level 3's booth this week for a chance to win an iPad Mini. The company will draw the winner next week and notify that person via email.

NaviSite (Booth 6022): Want a chance at one of two iPad Minis? NaviSite will scan your badge and then, on Thursday at 6 p.m., conduct a random drawing. Winner will be contacted via the phone numbers provided in your registration packages.

NBS (Booth 7031): NBS will give away a 16GB, silver iPad Air with Wi-Fi. Drop off your business card at the company's booth or sign up via the QR code/URL on its banner. You must be a qualified Channel Partners Conference & Expo partner attendee, such as a telecom agent, VAR, IT consultant, systems integrator, master agent and so on. The winner will be randomly selected within two weeks of the show's close, at the NBS offices in Wayne, N.J. The winner will be notified by phone or email.

Premier Empire Energy (Booth 7038): The first 10 partners who sign up to be a Premier agent will receive a new Barnes & Noble NOOK on-site. Then, any partner who sells 5 million kWh in 2014 will earn a Microsoft Surface.

RingCentral (Booth 7020): Let the RingCentral team scan your badge and introduce you to the new RingCentral Office Enterprise Edition to be entered into a drawing for a seven-inch Kindle Fire HD. Want a shot at a $100 Amazon gift card? Send a tweet to @RingCentral and use #RingCentralVARs for a chance to win. You don't need to be present to win and winners will be notified via email on March 6. Finally, if you complete the RingCentral Communication Expert training on the company's partner portal by this Friday, you’ll be automatically  entered into a raffle to win a $100 Visa gift card. Five winners will be chosen and announced in March.

ShoreTel (Booth 7005): Give your business card to ShoreTel then be present at the company's booth on Wednesday at 6:30 p.m., Thursday at 5:30 p.m. and Friday at 11:30 a.m. for drawings of products with the ShoreTel logo: a smoker, a waterproof pack for an iPhone, and an Aquaknot 1200 waterproof backpack. You must be present to win.

SimpleSignal (Booth 5008): Give SimpleSignal your business card at its booth, or register at www.simplesignal.com/partners-cpe2014, for a chance at an HP Chromebook 11. Drawings will take place on Wednesday at 6:45 p.m. and again on Thursday at 5:45 p.m. The winners will be notified via email and phone if not present at the time of the drawings.

Star2Star Communications (Booth 6009): Bring the "Key to Unlocking the Cloud" room-drop card to the company's booth to see what you've won. The color of the card determines the prize, which could be a wireless mouse, an Apple TV or a $1,000 American Express gift card. The gift card will be announced and given away after this week's show; the mice and TVs will be given away on-site.

Wolfe (Booth 5029): If you want a new iPad Mini, give Wolfe your business card, or have it scanned. The provider will conduct a random drawing on Monday, March 3, and notify the winner via email.

ZeroOutages (Booth 2000B): ZeroOutages will be giving away a Microsoft Windows Surface Tablet with Wi-Fi. The device will come in black, with quad-core and an HD screen. To be eligible to win, you must stop by the company's booth, leave your business card or have it scanned, and register for a free trial of the ZeroOutages Edge2WAN client. The Surface winner will be chosen at random on Monday, March 3, and notified via phone and email. The tablet will be shipped that same week.

PARTIES

ANPI: Before you head into the expo hall on Thursday afternoon, be sure to pick up some free dessert at the ice cream social hosted by ANPI. The service provider will be providing delicious dairy treats starting at 2 p.m., near the entrance to the show floor.

Datavo (Booth 2017), ESI (Booth 3049), GFI Max (Booth 7018), Nextiva (Booth 2001), Premier Empire Energy (Booth 7038), Sonic.net (Booth 8021) and Star2Star (Booth 6009): These companies have banded together to keep you going during Thursday's expo hall hours. Stop by their respective booths for complimentary drinks as you visit all the exhibitors the Spring 2014 Channel Partners Conference & Expo has to offer.

Edge Communications: Need a little magic and drinks? Edge Communications is providing both on Thursday night from 7-10 p.m. at The Palazzo. Stop by the company's booth (7004) to get your ticket to the party, which will feature close-up magic illusions by Greg Dow, as well as open bar and appetizers.

Equiinet: Starting at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, Equiinet will host a tour of its Corporate House, which used to be owned by Las Vegas legends including Wayne Newton, original Tropicana owner Mr. and Mrs. Edward Doumani and professional boxer Mike Tyson. Join Equiinet for a tour, and food and drinks, as well as information about why you should partner with the company. Transportation will be provided to and from the Venetian & Sands Expo Center. Reserve your seat or send an email to loraine.phelps@equiinet.com, or call +1 702 789 6011.

GLOBALINX: Take part in the VIP event being held at the Vbar inside The Venetian, from 6:30-9:30 p.m. Bring the VIP pass and the blue key you obtained at the company's booth to see if you've won the tropical getaway. Whether or not your key opens the locked box, you'll get to enjoy an open bar and hors d’oeuvres.

IntelePeer: Join IntelePeer from 5:30-7 p.m. on Thursday at the Double Helix Bar (adjacent to the Venetian Hotel. Expect food, drinks (including wine and whiskey tastings) and networking.

Momentum: Be sure to thank Momentum (Booth 3030) for sponsoring Wednesday's opening reception, including the food and drinks, from 5-7 p.m. in the expo hall.

SimpleSignal: Hop on over to the Public House inside The Venetian at 4 p.m. on Wednesday for cocktail hour. The gathering is open to everyone; tickets are not required. You'll mingle with SimpleSignal channel managers and executives, as well as the company's featured technology partners, over an open bar.

Star2Star Communications: Join Star2Star at the Opium Room at TAO for an evening of food, open bar and a live DJ. The party starts at 7 pm. on Thursday. Visit Booth 6009 for a ticket, or send an email to register@star2star.com.

Wolfe: Wolfe is co-sponsoring tours of the new ColoXchange facility here in Las Vegas. The tours take place on Thursday, starting at 10:30 a.m. and running until 4 p.m. Free shuttle rides leave every 30 minutes from The Venetian. All you have to do is RSVP at ALL@ColoXchange.com to head over to ColoXchange, and enjoy lunch and drinks on Wolfe, ColoXchange and Sen Technologies.

WTG: The master agency is hosting its "Ultimate Race" event on Thursday night starting at 9 p.m. Stop by Booth 5031 to pick up your invitation, or sign up to become an agent, to join. Activities include racing games and prize raffles, as well as food and drink.

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