Golly, it's been a while since the 'official' contest list, and rules, have been published. Here they are. There are no changes to the rules.
plainsane = Aug. 1st
preilly44 = Aug. 14th
Linn = Aug. 28th
a0128958 = Sep. 14th
Marainwater = Sep. 21st
Jazzer = Sep. 26th
ghctim = Sep. 29th
(anyone above this point is officially 'out'
jim_gately = Sep. 30th
Modawg2k = Oct. 1st
jkb = Oct. 15th
JasonM = Oct. 23rd
DLane = Nov. 1st
jleh = Nov. 3rd
tmcgahey = Dec. 1st
Bill.Maupin = Jan. 1st, 2018
rgstech = Mar. 1st
shcaine = Mar. 15th
Here's the contest: Have some fun predicting what date Rachio Iro V3 'goes live' to the general public (As confirmed by someone from Rachio authorized to say it.)
Here's the prize: FOUR 60W equivalent 9W LED lamps, commercial quality, 2700 degree Kelvin color match to traditional tungsten lamps, omni-directional, over 50,000 hrs run time capability, 5 year warranty, meeting the latest version 2 Energy Star requirements, manufactured by Earthtronics (private label manufacturer for Philips and Sylvania).
Here are the rules:
(1) In case of tie, accuracy is the tie breaker. I.e., if the announced date ends up being Aug. 31, someone who says 'Aug. 31st' wins the tie over someone who says 'last week of Aug.'
(2) Anyone with a signed NDA with Rachio, or signed with a Rachio company is not eligible, regardless of when the NDA was signed. Likewise, anyone with a relationship with a Rachio employee, or who's a Rachio employee, is not eligible.
(3) No 'double dipping.' Once you're 'in' you're 'in.' And once you're 'out' you're 'out.'
(4) No 'Ebay bidding.' Let's use 2 weeks as minimum time between date of one's contest entry and 'guess' date.
'Fine print' items:
(1) Rachio has no involvement with this contest, other than (a) I'm using their community posting system to advertise it, and (b) I'll ask them to affirm a published or stated 'go live' date is indeed legit. The contest is simply my idea to have a little fun. Prize material is all from me - I'm donating it from my business. I do energy monitoring and conversion to LED lighting projects for commercial entities.
(2) While this is an anonymous contest, it does assume the winner will privately disclose to me his/her name and mailing address so that I can send the winning prize. If you prefer to remain anonymous (or don't want/need the prize) just post a note here or to me to that effect. It will be easy to find a local charitable institution to donate the LED lamps to.