Denver or Bust #iste16

Are you looking to attend ISTE '16 in Denver this summer?  For those of you who don't understand the question – ISTE is the International Society for Technology in Education.  Each summer, they hold their annual conference at in the United States.  This year the conference will be from June 26 – 29 in Denver Colorado, a mere 9 hour drive from SLC!  Registration is currently underway and I recently learned of a great contest to help you get a free conference registration.  Look below for details: 



We’ve got thousands of reasons why you should attend the world’s most comprehensive ed tech conference. What are yours? What are the problems you hope to solve? What do you hope to get out of the experience? We want to hear your voice – literally. Record a video to tell (or show!) us why your community and your PLN need you to attend ISTE 2016 in Denver, and you could win one free registration and up to three nights of lodging!


  1. Record a video (no more than 20 seconds long) telling us what you hope to learn at ISTE 2016 and why you want to attend.
  2. Upload it to Facebook, Twitter or Instagram and use #ISTE2016
  3. Make your post public to qualify.
  4. Enter as many times as you like.

Be creative! Entries are judged on originality and creativity.


Entry. No purchase necessary to enter or win. To enter, participants must record a video (not to exceed 20 seconds in length) telling us what they hope to learn at ISTE 2016 and upload it to Facebook, Twitter or Instagram using the #ISTE2016 hashtag. The post must be public to qualify. There is no limit to the number of entries.

Contest officially opens February 12, 2016, and ends March 31, 2016. Winner will be drawn in April 2016.

Eligibility. This contest is open to everyone over the age of 18, except where prohibited. Contest is open to all, regardless of ISTE membership status. Employees of ISTE (along with its contractors, affiliates and subsidiaries) and their families are not eligible. Void where prohibited by law. Contestants residing in areas where the contest is void may participate in the contest but may not win any prizes.

Winner selection. ISTE employees and select volunteers will judge the contest. Submissions will be judged on creativity and originality. All judges’ decisions are final.


Prizes. ISTE will award to the winner one (1) registration to ISTE 2016 and one (1) hotel room for up to three (3) nights at a conference hotel of ISTE’s choice. Winner is responsible for travel to and from ISTE 2016, food and other incidental expenses. Prizes are not transferrable or redeemable for cash.

Winner notification. We will notify the winner in April 2016 via social media direct message, mention and/or email. Inability to contact a winner may result in disqualification and selection of an alternate winner. If winner does not respond within 14 days of notification, we will select an alternate winner.

Use of submission content. Participants hereby grant ISTE a nonexclusive, perpetual, worldwide license to broadcast, publish, store, reproduce, distribute, syndicate, and otherwise use and exhibit the submission (along with their first name and last initial) in all current and future media for purposes of trade or advertising without further compensation. Participants represent and warrant that they have full legal right, power and authority to grant ISTE the foregoing license and, if applicable, have secured all necessary rights from any participants in, and contributors to, their submission in order to grant such a license.

ISTE is under no obligation to use any submission or return submissions to participants.

Use of contest information. All entries become the property of ISTE, and ISTE reserves the right to use any and all information related to the contest, including submissions provided by the contestants, for editorial, marketing and any other purpose, unless prohibited by law.

Not endorsed by social media platforms. By participating in this contest, you acknowledge that this contest is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with, any social media platforms, including Facebook, Instagram or Twitter, and release all social media platforms from any and all liability arising from or related to this contest. You are providing all information for this contest to ISTE and not to any social media platform.

Conduct. All contest participants agree to be bound by these official rules. ISTE in its sole discretion reserves the right to disqualify any person we deem to be tampering with the entry process or the operation of its website, or to otherwise be in violation of these rules.

Limitations of liability. ISTE is not responsible for late, lost or misdirected entries or for any computer, online, telephone or technical malfunctions that may occur. If for any reason the contest does not run as planned, including infection by computer virus, bugs, tampering, unauthorized intervention or technical failures of any sort, ISTE may cancel, terminate, modify or suspend the contest. Entrants further agree to release ISTE from any liability resulting from, or related to, participation in the contest.

Winners list. You may obtain the name of the winner by sending an email to by July 1, 2016.

Jared Covili

Jared Covili has been a regular UCET presenter and attendee since 2003 - when the UCET bug first bit him. Jared has been on the UCET board since 2008 and served as UCET President in 2011-2012. He is currently serving as ISTE Affiliate Rep. Jared works at UEN (tech training), the U of U (adjunct teaching), and Corwin Press (book writing and speaking).

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