With Father’s Day coming up this Sunday, we wanted to help you make it the best year ever for you and dad. So, we’re excited to unveil our first-ever RedBoard contest where we’re giving away a brand new Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 – one of the coolest touchscreen smartphones available today with Timescape, Mediascape and an 8.1-megapixel camera. (Check out our demo of the Xperia X10 here).
Here’s how the contest works:
- In 100 words or less, tell us why your dad deserves an Xperia X10. Or, if you’re a father, tell us why you deserve to win the device.
- You must submit your entries via the comments field below.
- The contest is open as of right now and will run until Thursday, June 17 at noon ET.
- The RedBoard team will narrow down the entries to our favourite five submissions and publish them on the blog Thursday afternoon.
- Later that afternoon, the winner’s name will be drawn at random from one of the top-five submissions and published on the blog.
Remember, creativity counts. You never know – if you win, your dad may just forgive you for crashing the family car when you were 17.
Update (June 17, 1 :12 p.m.): The entry period for our first-ever RedBoard contest has come to an end – and we’re blown away by your entries. We got poems, personal anecdotes and even some tongue-in-cheek submissions, so thanks for your participation!
But we had to narrow it down to five finalists (below). The next step will be a random draw from the five finalists, which we’ll be announcing right here at 4 pm ET.
Here are the finalists in order of submission:
My father has had a rough year. He was let go from his job after 15 years at the same company, due to “restructuring.” As a slap in the face, his boss fudged some paperwork and tried to deny him severance. My dad had to go through his union to fight for what he was entitled to. During all of this, his father passed away. It wasn’t a sudden death, but it wasn’t expected either. Due to losing his job, my dad no longer has a cell phone, and I think the Xperia would be a perfect fit for him.
Father’s Day is around the corner,
I circle it on the calendar with a pen.
A new cell phone for my dad would be great,
so why does he deserve a Xperia X10?
My dad works about 80 hours a week,
and has been doing this for many years.
He has an old, chunky cell phone,
that usually causes laughter among his peers.
He has supported my sisters and I,
tuition payments for university and school.
I believe the Xperia X10 will be a sweet gift,
that’ll cause him to laugh, cry, scream and drool.
Love you, Dad.
I think I would rather have a smartphone than a tie.
Can you imagine the conversations at work around the water cooler.
Me: “Nice tie John! … Oh me? I got THIS. (holding it under my chin with a picture of a tie hanging on the screen.)
Everyone else: …. (insert the pregnant sound of silent envy)
Me: Yeah, baby… Boo-Yah! No, yeah, I mean, I do like the tie… is that polyester? I had a couch made of that. Nice. Seriously – hold on, my tie is ringing…
Patient calm listener
Quietly working away
Never ever complaining
Always doting on his kin
My father is my hero
A tanka for the greatest man ever from the luckiest daughter ever
With a Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 my father would realize “Android” is not just a robot in Star Wars. He would friend me on Facebook, guffaw at my inane tweets, text his grandchildren, and maybe, just maybe, get rid of his pager. My father would download Nana Mouskouri ringtones, take photos of rare birds, and never get lost in the woods in Maine again! He would embrace the new digital age and radiate an aura of hipness not seen since the days of his plaid polyester golf pants. Please Rogers, make my dad cool.
Update (June 17, 4 p.m.): And our winner is…Jessica Y! Congrats Jessica for your submission. We’ll be in touch shortly via email — and we hope you’ll send us a pic of your dad drooling over the Xperia X10. :)
Richard Bloom is a regular contributor to RedBoard.