Starburst Space Quest League (also known as SQL) is a gamified contest where data pros compete against one another to collect the most tokens during the course of the year. There are four different missions, each with a unique grand prize. Each mission lasts about three weeks, and participants must complete it within 30 days of registration.
During each sweepstakes, you can only enter once, but the more quests that you participate in, the better your chances of earning stars (tokens). These tokens can be used to increase your odds of winning the grand prizes.
The more stars you earn, the higher your chance of being selected as the winner of a given quest. You can check out how many stars you have earned here.
The end of Mission 1 marks the beginning of the final season of AMC’s critically acclaimed drama series, “Mad Men.” This evening, we bid farewell to Don Draper, Peggy Olson, Roger Sterling, Joan Holloway, Pete Campbell, Harry Crane, Lane Pryce, Trudy Campbell, Ken Cosgrove, Bert Cooper, Sally Draper, Megan Draper, Sylvia Rosen, Bob Benson, Stan Rizzo, Ted Chaough, Dawn Chambers, and many others.
In addition to ending the show, tonight’s episode will feature the finale of one of the most popular episodes in the history of the series – Season 7 Episode 9, titled “Guy Walks Into An Advertising Agency.” In it, Don meets his future wife, Betty Francis; he learns about her family; and he discovers what makes him tick.
This week’s episode is directed by executive producer Matthew Weiner. He says, “I am very proud of this season of Mad Men, and I think it’s the best thing I have ever done. I love every single moment of it. We are finishing up our story, and I hope you enjoy watching it as much as I enjoyed making it.”
Weiner adds, “There are some great stories left to tell, and I hope people stick around long enough to see them.”
After airing tonight, the final three episodes of Season 7 will air consecutively next Tuesday, April 17th, at 10pm ET/PT on AMC.
The end of the world is upon us.
In the wake of the latest nuclear test conducted by North Korea, the United Nations Security Council voted unanimously Thursday night to impose sanctions against Kim Jong Un’s regime. These sanctions are expected to include a ban on oil exports and a freeze on foreign assets.
North Korea responded Friday morning by threatening to fire missiles towards Guam and fly bombers over South Korean territory. While it is unlikely that Pyongyang will follow through on either threat, the situation is still tense enough that President Trump announced he is sending Secretary of State Mike Pompeo to meet with his counterpart, Foreign Minister Ri Yong Ho, in New York next week.
Meanwhile, the UNSC has approved a plan to send international monitors into North Korea to verify compliance with the sanctions. The mission, led by Sweden, will consist of 500 unarmed experts, including doctors and engineers, who will travel to the demilitarized zone separating the two countries. They will also inspect sites where chemical weapons were allegedly used during recent tests.
This isn’t the first time that North Korea has threatened to attack U.S. soil. In 2017, the rogue nation launched four ballistic missiles from near Wonsan, along the east coast, toward Japan. All four failed. However, the launch did succeed in raising tensions on both sides of the Pacific Ocean.
While the UNSC vote was unanimous, there were some dissenting voices. China and Russia abstained from voting, while the U.K., France, Germany, and Canada voted no. On Twitter, French President Emmanuel Macron called the resolution “a step backwards.” He later tweeted that he hopes the UNSC will “be able to find a solution that allows us to avoid war.”
President Trump has been quick to react to the news. After tweeting about the sanctions earlier today, he tweeted again Friday afternoon to say that he had spoken with Chinese President Xi Jinping and that the two leaders agreed to work together to solve the problem. As for what happens next, we don’t know.
The third mission of NASA’s In Sight lander is scheduled to launch Monday morning. This will be the first landing on Mars since 2012.
In Sight will study the interior structure of Mars, including how it formed and what happens inside the planet over time.
The spacecraft will touch down on Martian soil, measuring seismic activity and temperature changes. It will even use a robotic arm to dig up some samples of the surface material and bring them back to Earth for analysis.
NASA says the lander could help scientists understand why Mars lost most of its atmosphere billions of years ago.
The latest trailer for Mission: Impossible – Fallout features Tom Cruise’s Ethan Hunt returning to his old stomping grounds, Berlin, Germany. This time around he’s tasked with stopping a rogue nuclear scientist known as the Ghost. Check out the full trailer above.
Mission 1 Grand Prize
The first sweepstakes starts February 9th and runs through March 31st, 2018. The winner will receive a Luxury Galactic Disney Experience!
This grand prize includes four guests to experience Disney’s newest luxury hotel, Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge at Disneyland Resort. Guests will enjoy a full day of theme park admission, including access to both parks, plus one night accommodation at a Walt Disney World Resort Hotel & Spa.
Guests will also receive roundtrip airfare to Orlando, Florida, ground transportation throughout the vacation package, a welcome gift upon arrival, and Disney Dining Plan credits.
Mission 2 Grand Prize
The second annual Mission 2 Grand Prize is being offered by the National Geographic Society and the American Museum of Natural History. The winner receives a $20,000 cash prize, a trip for two to New York City, National Geographic magazine subscriptions for five years, and a museum membership. There are 12 total prizes up for grabs.
Mission 3 Grand Prize
What would you do with a cool $30K check? We asked four people to answer that question. Here are their stories.
1. A New Home
2. Traveling the World
3. Starting a Business
4. Paying Off Debt
5. Saving Money
6. Investing in Yourself
7. Helping Others
8. Giving Back
9. Taking Care of Your Health
10. Being More Creative
11. Learning Something New
12. Doing What You Love
Mission 4 Grand Prize
The fourth annual Mission 4 Grand Prize is being offered this year by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).
Enter the sweepstakes!
The Data Engineer Sweepstakes is a monthly challenge designed to give you the opportunity to test your data engineering skills. Each month, we’re giving away $1,500 in cash prizes to the best data engineers across multiple categories. Whether you are just getting into data engineering or looking to brush up on what you already know, there is something here for everyone.
We’ve got three different ways to participate in the contest:
– Play Quests – Every month, we’ll release one or more quests that require data engineers to solve problems related to big data, machine learning, artificial intelligence, or predictive analytics. These quests range from simple to complex, and will often include datasets that are publicly available or open source.
– Win Cash Prizes – For every quest completed successfully, you’ll earn points towards a prize pool. At the end of each month, we’ll announce the grand prize winner based on total points earned throughout the entire month.
– Earn Stars – To unlock additional quests, you’ll need to complete certain levels of Star Power. Once unlocked, you’ll be able to access those quests immediately. If you want to see how many stars you have left to unlock more quests, check out your progress dashboard.
Check out the official rules to learn more about eligibility requirements, qualification criteria, and how to enter. Good luck!
Together, we can accomplish great things!
Starburst, one of the world’s largest manufacturers of confectionary products, announced today it is donating $10 for every valid participant in the 2018 Mission Contest to two charitable organizations helping people affected by the ongoing conflict in Ukraine.
The Mission 1 contestants voted to donate the $5,000 prize money to the Starburst for Ukrainian Moneybox, a program providing financial support to families whose homes are damaged by war. Starburst will match the donation dollar for dollar, resulting in a total donation of $15,000.
The Mission 2 contestants voted to donate the remaining $5,000 to the Polish Humanitarian Organization. This organization provides assistance to those living in poverty, including children, women, and elderly people. Starburst will match this donation dollar for dollar, again resulting in a total donation amounting to $10,000.
In addition to the monetary donations, Starburst will provide each charity with promotional materials featuring Starburst branding to help spread awareness about the causes supported by both organizations.
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The Starburst Space Quest League sweepstakes begins at 12:01 AM Eastern Time (ET) on July 1, 2020 and ends at 11:59 P.M. ET on September 30, 2020.
One winner will receive $30,000 cash prize.
How to Enter:
Visit www.starburstsweepstakes.com to register and submit an entry form. You must log in using your Facebook account to qualify for the mission.
You must be 18 years old or older as of the date of entry. Employees of Starburst and its affiliates, subsidiaries, advertising agencies, promotion agencies, suppliers and all other companies associated with this contest are not eligible. Void where prohibited.
You may only win once during the Entry Period.
Only one entry per person is allowed. Multiple entries will void all entries.
All entries become the property of Starburst and will not be acknowledged or returned.
Winners will be selected randomly via a computerized drawing process and notified by email within 48 hours after the close of the Entry Period.
Winners will be required to sign and return an Affidavit of Eligibility / Liability & Publicity Release before receiving their prize. Failure to do so will result in forfeiture of the prize and selection of an alternate winner.
$30,000 Cash Prize: One grand prize winner will receive $30K cash. The grand prize winner will also receive a trip for two to Los Angeles, CA, USA. Trip includes round-trip economy class airfare from New York City, NY, USA; three nights hotel accommodations; ground transportation from airport to hotel; and daily breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks. Total approximate value of the prize package is approximately $4,500 USD.
$10,000 Cash Prizes: Two winners will each receive $10,000 cash. Each winner will also receive a Starburst gift card worth up to $1,000 USD.
Starburst reserves the right to substitute prizes of equal or greater value if necessary due to circumstances beyond our control.