These Official Rules (“Rules”) govern the operation of the Microsoft Metro-North Railroad Back on Track Hack Promotion (“Promotion”). Within this Promotion, there will be a random drawing (“Sweepstakes”) and a skill-based contest (“Contest”). Microsoft Corporation, One Microsoft Way, Redmond, WA, 98052, USA, is the Promotion sponsor (“Sponsor”).




In these Rules, “Microsoft”, “we”, “our”, and “us” refer to Sponsor and “you” and “yourself” refers to a Promotion participant, or the parent/legal guardian of any Promotion entrant who has not reached the age of majority to contractually obligate themselves in their legal place of residence. By entering you (your parent/legal guardian if you are not the age of majority in your legal place of residence) agree to be bound by these Rules.




The Promotion starts at 12:01 a.m. Pacific Time (PT) on July 13, 2020, and ends at 11:59 p.m. PT on July 17, 2020 (“Entry Period”).




To enter, you must be a legal resident of the 50 United States (including the District of Columbia), and be 18 years of age or older. If you are 18 years of age or older but have not reached the age of majority in your legal place of residence, then you must have consent of a parent/legal guardian.


Employees and directors of Microsoft Corporation and its subsidiaries, affiliates, advertising agencies, and Promotion Parties are not eligible, nor are persons involved in the execution or administration of this promotion, or the family members of each above (parents, children, siblings, spouse/domestic partners, or individuals residing in the same household). Void where prohibited.




No Purchase Necessary.


To enter, you must do all of the following:


  1. Register for the free virtual event at URL:
  2. Form a team of 1-7 people or participate individually. Individuals may not be members of multiple teams. You should designate one person to represent your team in the event your team wins a prize.
  3. Next, follow the instructions to participate, which will involve creating and presenting a hack.
  4. Attend at least 3 team hack sessions throughout the week
  5. Participate in your Hack Team’s final project submission video


In addition:

  • your entry must be your own original work; and
  • you must have obtained any and all consents, approvals or licenses required for you to submit your entry; and
  • your entry may not include any third party trademarks (logos, names) or copyrighted materials (music, images, video, recognizable people) unless you have obtained permission to use the materials. You may include Microsoft trademarks, logos, and designs, for which Microsoft grants you a limited license to use for the sole purposes of submitting an entry into this Contest.


Entries may NOT contain, as determined by us, in our sole and absolute discretion, any content that:


  • is sexually explicit, unnecessarily violent or derogatory of any ethnic, racial, gender, religious, professional or age group; profane or pornographic;
  • promotes alcohol, illegal drugs, tobacco, firearms/weapons (or the use of any of the foregoing) or a particular political agenda;
  • is obscene or offensive;
  • defames, misrepresents or contains disparaging remarks about other people or companies;
  • communicates messages or images inconsistent with the positive images and/or good will to which we wish to associate; and/or violates any law;


The entry limit is one per person during the Entry Period. For entering, you will receive one (1) entry into the Sweepstakes drawing and one (1) entry into the skill-based Contest.


Any attempt by any you to obtain more than the stated number of entries by using multiple/different accounts, identities, registrations, logins, or any other methods will void your entries and you may be disqualified. Use of any automated system to participate is prohibited.


We are not responsible for excess, lost, late, or incomplete entries. If disputed, entries will be deemed submitted by the “authorized account holder” of the email address, social media account, or other method used to enter. The “authorized account holder” is the natural person assigned to an email address by an internet or online service provider, or other organization responsible for assigning email addresses.





We are not claiming ownership rights to your Submission. However, by submitting an entry, you grant us an irrevocable, royalty-free, worldwide right and license to use, review, assess, test and otherwise analyze your entry and all its content in connection with this Promotion and use your entry in any media whatsoever now known or later invented for any non-commercial or commercial purpose, including, but not limited to, the marketing, sale or promotion of Microsoft products or services, without further permission from you. You will not receive any compensation or credit for use of your entry, other than what is described in these Official Rules.


By entering you acknowledge that the we may have developed or commissioned materials similar or identical to your entry and you waive any claims resulting from any similarities to your entry. Further you understand that we will not restrict work assignments of representatives who have had access to your entry and you agree that use of information in our representatives’ unaided memories in the development or deployment of our products or services does not create liability for us under this agreement or copyright or trade secret law.


Your entry may be posted on a public website. We are not responsible for any unauthorized use of your entry by visitors to this website. We are not obligated to use your entry for any purpose, even if it has been selected as a winning entry.




Sweepstakes: Pending confirmation of eligibility, one (1) potential Sweepstakes winner will be selected by Microsoft or their Agent in a random drawing from among all eligible entries received within 7 days following the Entry Period.


Contest: At the close of the Entry Period, three (3) winning teams will be selected based on the following equally weighted judging criteria, as determined by a panel of qualified judges:


  1. Data Science
  2. App Usability
  3. Scalability


In the event of a tie between any eligible entries, an additional judge will break the tie based on the judging criteria described above.  The decisions of the judges are final and binding.  If we do not receive a sufficient number of entries meeting the entry requirements, we may, at our discretion, select fewer winners than the number of Contest Prizes described below.


Winners will be notified via the contact information provided during entry no more than 7 days following the drawing with prize claim instructions, including submission deadlines. If a selected winner cannot be contacted, is ineligible, fails to claim a prize or fails to return any forms, the selected winner will forfeit their prize and an alternate winner will be selected time allowing. If you are a potential winner and you are 18 or older, but have not reached the age of majority in your legal place of residence, we may require your parent/legal guardian to sign all required forms on your behalf. Only three alternate winners will be selected, after which unclaimed prizes will remain unawarded.




Sweepstakes: One (1) winner will receive a Microsoft Surface Studio 2. Approximate Retail Value (ARV) $3,500.




One (1) First Prize. Each member of the winning team (up to 7 team members) will receive:

  • A Metro-North Pass (One Year Far Card). Approximate Retail Value (ARV) 1,500.00
  • One (1) Azure Certification Course Registration and Exam Voucher. ARV $500.00
  • One (1) Hour Virtual Career/Professional Coaching Session via Teams with Nikita Shamgunov. ARV $375.00
  • A Microsoft Surface Backpack and SWAG Bundle. ARV $125.00


The Total Approximate Retail Value (ARV) of this package per person is: $2,500.00


One (1) Second Prize. Each member of the winning team (up to 7 team members) will receive:

  • A $100 Gift Card. Approximate Retail Value (ARV) $100.00
  • One (1) Azure Certification Course Registration and Exam Voucher. ARV $500.00
  • One (1) Azure Databricks Nike Hoodie. ARV $60.00
  • A Microsoft Surface Yeti Tumbler. ARV $25.00
  • A MemSQL T-Shirt. ARV $:15.00


The Total Approximate Retail Value (ARV) of this package per person is: $700.00


One (1) Third Prize. Each member of the winning team (up to 7 team members) will receive:

  • One (1) Azure Certification Course Registration and Exam Voucher. ARV $500.00
  • One (1) Under Armour Azure Databricks Polo Shirt. ARV $25.00
  • A MemSQL Coffee Mug with Coffee Beans. ARV $25.00


The Total Approximate Retail Value (ARV) of this package per person is: $550.00


The total Approximate Retail Value (ARV) of all prizes combined for the Sweepstakes: $3,500

The total Approximate Retail Value (ARV) of all prizes combined for the Contest: Up to $26,250

We will only award one (1) Sweepstakes prize and one (1) Contest prize per person during the Entry Period. No more than the stated number of prizes will be awarded.  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. Prizes are awarded “AS IS” with no warranty of any kind, either express or implied, including but not limited to, the implied warranties or merchantability, fitness for a particular purpose, or non-infringement. Prizes will be sent no later than 28 days after winner selection. Prize winners may be required to complete and return prize claim and / or tax forms (“Forms”) within the deadline stated in the winner notification. Taxes on the prize, if any, are the sole responsibility of the winner, who is advised to seek independent counsel regarding the tax implications of accepting a prize. By accepting a prize, you agree that Microsoft may use your entry, name, image and hometown online and in print, or in any other media, in connection with this Promotion without payment or compensation to you, except where prohibited by law.


  1. ODDS


The odds of winning are based on the number of eligible entries received.




To the extent allowed by law, by entering you agree to release and hold harmless Microsoft and its respective parents, partners, subsidiaries, affiliates, employees, and agents from any and all liability or any injury, loss, or damage of any kind arising in connection with this Promotion or any prize won.


All local laws apply. The decisions of Microsoft are final and binding.


We reserve the right to cancel, change, or suspend this Promotion for any reason, including cheating, technology failure, catastrophe, war, or any other unforeseen or unexpected event that affects the integrity of this Promotion, whether human or mechanical. If the integrity of the Sweepstakes cannot be restored, we may select winners from among all eligible entries received before we had to cancel, change or suspend the Promotion.


If you attempt or we have strong reason to believe that you have compromised the integrity or the legitimate operation of this Promotion by cheating, hacking, creating a bot or other automated program, or by committing fraud in any way, we may seek damanges from you to the full extent of the law and you may be banned from participation in future Microsoft promotions.




Personal data you provide while entering this Promotion will be used by Microsoft and/or its agents and prize fulfillers acting on Microsoft’s behalf only for the administration and operation of this Promotion and in accordance with the Microsoft Privacy Statement.




This Promotion will be governed by the laws of the State of Washington, and you consent to the exclusive jurisdiction and venue of the courts of the State of Washington for any disputes arising out of this Promotion.




Send an email to with the subject line “METRO-NORTH RAILROAD BACK ON TRACK HACK Promotion winners” within 30 days of July 27, 2020 to receive a list of winners that received a prize worth $25.00 or more.