Dropbox launches free Dropquest 2011 contest

Popular online file storage provider Dropbox has revealed a new contest which gives Dropbox users the ability to win a number of free prizes.

In what appears to be a clever marketing ploy, Dropbox launched the first Dropquest event earlier in the week. Dropquest is a multi-step scavenger hunt which Dropbox claims will test your "wits and knowledge". While a Dropbox account is required to enter the contest, anyone can enter provided you have a Dropbox account or are willing to create one.

Users who enter the contest are asked a number of general knowledge questions, and will face a myriad of puzzles and challenges in the race to see who can complete the scavenger hunt first. Once an answer is worked out, competitors are encouraged to hunt around Dropbox' forums or website to find the next question which needs to be answered.

For those struggling to discover an answer to one of the questions, Dropbox staff have assured competitors that they can turn to friends or family to find an answer without putting their prize at risk.

Prizes include additional free storage space for your Dropbox account, a number of limited edition Dropbox hoodies and T-shirts, as well as a signed Dropbox drawing, with the competition expected to last for around two more weeks. Dropbox says there'll also be a number of "secret" prizes thrown into the competition over the next two weeks.

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I just got 1GB more for just clicking the link, got asked one question and didn't even get time to answer it before being notified of an extra 1GB. Sweet.

Alright - so I cheated - don't shoot me, but I wanted to see what they were talking about, and it was getting annoying to read the comments. I found a link the forums on their site to somebody's site which had the answers, I followed it and it gave me about 1.5gb more for free. So, I am up to 3gb total now.

Medfordite said,
I found a link the forums on their site to somebody's site which had the answers, I followed it and it gave me about 1.5gb more for free.

What link?

I finished around 5pm and got my 1GB. The only frustrating one was the puzzle one.. which is a style I'm not that big of a fan of .

Too bad I didn't make it to one of the first people completed! I had forgotten about it when it was enabled.

Yea this is late, it's basically over, some of the pages are 404 and it's not worth the huge effort needed and time for 1GB....

xendrome said,
Yea this is late, it's basically over, some of the pages are 404 and it's not worth the huge effort needed and time for 1GB....

Yep, it's over, folks.

Salty Wagyu said,
If pages are 404'ing then it means you've skipped some steps somehow (reading an answers webpage perhaps?)

Nope, because SO MANY people were competing for it from 7pm GMT and you had to visit forums and such (And a lot of people posted asking for help etc).. The forums kept going down. And since one question required visiting the blog, the blog was down for an hour. I suspect parts of their site are still down.

xendrome said,
Yea this is late, it's basically over, some of the pages are 404 and it's not worth the huge effort needed and time for 1GB....

Wrong. DropBox tracks what steps you have done. If you skip over (aka cheap and just click links from outside sources), it will 404 on you. If you complete ALL of the previous steps, EACH one will work. I speak from experience. Several 404'd on me (/r for example) and after completing the previous steps, I was able to load it. Same with dropbox.com/about; One of the names were not clickable first run around (I skipped a step and moved on).. yet when I completed said step, I was able to click on the correct staff member since it was 'activated.'

So no, it has no time limit. This is going on for two more weeks. If parts of their site (eg: blog) are down: GOOGLE CACHE. Works just as well.

Bit late, all the prizes have been claimed. (Over 2000 have already finished it)

But you can still go through it for 1gb. You get it in parts from each step. I only have gained 200mb. Because it is VERY WELL HARD!