If you’re looking for something different away from the free prize draws, Facebook entries, blogs and retweets to enter type competitions then the new prize site from Google (yes Google) might be worth a look. Called Prizes.org it offers users the chance to win prizes. However, the difference is to take part you need to solve other people’s problems.
Now don’t start getting out your Dear Deidre Casebooks, the problems you’re being asked to solve are set by other Prizes.org users around the world.
A couple of currently live examples include “Plan my romantic honeymoon in Italy”, “Help me gain muscle mass fast!”, “Create a Mixtape: Soul Tunes”, “Best place to purchase a bike in SF?” and “Find me the perfect outfit for a wedding in wine country!”.
There is a US centric theme to many of the competitions, but they are all open to people worldwide (where applicable, see terms and conditions).
So what can you win?
All the prizes are cash – dollars – but they’re paid to you (if you win) via Paypal and via Prizes.org. The contest organiser pays to set up the competition, they pay Prizes.org, they pay the prize to the winner.
When we first looked at Prizes.org the one element that stood out was the get “votes for your entry and win big” line on the homepage. You know how much we love voting competitions! However, do not fear – the voting element doesn’t determine the winner.
At the end of the contest, the person running the competition picks their best answer. The person with the most votes gets a virtual badge! Only if a winner is not picked does the most voted person get the cash prizes.
Joining the site is easy – you can connect with your Facebook account – and then you just select the contests you wish to enter.
In essence it’s a bit like Yahoo Answers but with cash prizes. To win though you’ll need to be creative and knowledgable (or do some research) and that will put off people from taking part.
However, if it takes off – especially if the value of prizes increases and perhaps some geofocus is added – it could prove an added competition bow for UK compers.