Man In Box Fails To Find A £30,000 Winner

Posted on: March 20th, 2010 by Jason 9 Comments

Last month we told you that Tim Shaw would be shutting himself away in a box in a bizarre online treasure hunt with a £30,000 prize. Tim went into his box on the 15th February and by watching video streaming of him shut away in a 3.5ft high, 4.5ft wide and 8ft box, via the website Man In Box, viewers could win the cash prize if they could guess where he was located.

The competition ended at noon on the 17th March, but no one guessed the exact location and so the £30,000 prize wasn’t won. According to a statement on the website one person was within 100m of the WWII location he was at but that wasn’t close enough for them to be able to claim the prize. The cash is now “being reinvested in to making Man In Box2”.

However the social experiment/competition has caused a bit of a stir. This Youtube clip tries to explain why some viewers had concerns. Some people are wondering whether Tim actually spent the time in the box and whether there really was a prize on offer. You can hear more on this in a discussion with a listener on his BRMB radio program via this clip…

The revealing part of the clip is Tim basically saying “if nobody wins nobody wins was part of the plan” and that he also refused to reveal clues towards the end, as encouraged by the team, so that there could be a winner. Apparently the streaming could be rerun, but according to Tim someone else has to stump up the prize money.

Interestingly the Man In Box forums and website have all but closed, so discussion about the event and competition have all but gone. A quick search round the internet didn’t seem to yield much discussion either.

The one good thing that did come out of it all was that it helped raise money for “Help for Heroes”. Despite all the statistics on offer on Man In Box the one figure they don’t mention is just how much was raised.

All in all a strange ending to a strange experiment and competition.

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  • emma155

    I entered this competition, I’m a bit disappointed that I cannot find the answer as to where he really was for 30 days, unless I’m missing something?

  • In the clip above Tim says the location wasn’t revealed as there’s possibilities that the streaming videos will be repeated and a prize offered (if someone will stump it up).

  • emma155

    Oh right thanks, I didn’t watch the clips, I just read the blog.

  • The second one is well worth listening too – there’s nothing to watch so just set it running and do a few comps at the same time.

  • SBrunette

    I was in a chat room with the listener before she phoned in and spent quite a bit of time on this competition. There are many answered questions, but the lights fiasco was concerning a lot of people so it was interesting to find out that the night feeds were looped at some points during the competition so people could come in and talk to Tim.

    Lots of people actually thought this was a prank of Tim’s, though i found this very hard to believe. The 4metre rule made it hard to find him and i wish they revealed the location at the end.

  • FrankE

    Some of the comments made on that tv streaming chat room and the MIB forum were quite appalling. Some people seemed to believe they had a personal entitlement to the prize money.

    I only found out about this when I registered on Loquax, the night before MIB was due for release. I had great fun code-crunching and playing with GIS tools trying to position Maninbox.

    It seems they just hadn’t planned on him not being found.

  • lillyinthesun

    I didn’t enter this one, so sorry if I’ve missed something… but if they don’t reveal the answer, how can anyone challenge whether they should have won?
    What I’m trying to say is that if the answer was, say ‘Kemble Airfield Hanger 4’, and someone sumbitted ‘Kemble Airfield’ they’d never be able to challenge whether they should have been awarded the prize.
    It all sounds a bit odd if you ask me.

  • harty23

    I entered this and was also disapointed they didn’t reveal where he was at the end, tbh they could say anywhere they like now. Also the google map they used to submit your guess, wasn’t exact. (somebody did mention it in the MIB forums, but nothing changed!) When I realised this I started using normal google on a different tab and using that to pinpoint the position I wanted on there map. Some locations were miles off.

  • jan04

    I Entered this loads of times and he was suppose to be in the box for 30 days to win 30 grand but on the 29th day he came out , he was disheartened that nobody had found him he thought no one was watching , now they are on about doing a maninbox 2 and you can apply to go in the box .
    The thing that annoyed me the most was the google maps you could put in the excact post code even the number of the building and you would end up in the middle of the road and if you don’t know what the building looks like you could be there hours, plus the 4 metre thing , with the amount of place he mentioned such as hospitals , schools , airport , museums etc it would take a years to click on all the place within 4 metre with the hope of winner £30,000 he said the nearest person was 100 metres from where he was .