Lenovo, one of the major players in the PC and laptop business, has revealed the name of the grand prize winner of its EExtraordinary 10-Second Hero Contest. The winner, a Colombian, named Carlos Arturo Vargas Ayalawho scooped up the US$ 50,000 prize, which will be donated on his behalf to Operacion Sonrisa (Operation Smile). He also wins a Lenovo IdeaPad laptop for his personal use. The contest had an unusual theme: What an average person does in 10 seconds? This, incidentally is the same duration taken by a Windows 7-based Lenovo PC with Enhanced Experience 2.0 (EE 2.0) RapidDrive SSD technology to start up. The contest was held in association with Microsoft.
“We’re proud to award Carlos US$ 50,000 for Operacion Sonrisa and a Lenovo IdeaPad laptop,” said Nick Reynolds, executive director, marketing and communications, worldwide product group, Lenovo. He went on to say that he was gratified by the fact that the contest showcased the impact a small deed in 10 seconds can affect the lives of so many people globally.
Another tribute came from Barnett, senior director, OEM Product Marketing, Microsoft. He said, “Carlos proved how incredible actions can be accomplished in such little time. It’s our hope that the EExtraordinary 10-Second Hero Contest continues to inspire people from around the world to take a few seconds to help their communities.”
Carlos’ winning entry was a tribute to ‘Operacion Sonrisa’, an NGO that helped children who had the misfortune to be born with cleft palates in Colombia. Carlos said that the children and their families needed just ten seconds to smile in appreciation of their good fortune.
The nominations came thick and fast; nearly 400 of them from 14 countries. This led the website to score more than 93,000 hits. Two weeks of frenzied lobbying saw more than 20,000 votes being cast for the 18 finalists, who explained what they or an organization can accomplish in 10 seconds. The winning entry got more than 6,000 votes in its favor.