In case you didn’t know it’s SysAdmin Appreciation Day next Friday July 27th!  There are a lot of contests going around celebrating it with a bunch of different prizes, so as a topic of special interest to the ITNinja community, we thought we’d make it easy for you to find out about all of the Sysadmin contests out there and put them all in one place for you. If you know of any others please share using the comment feature. 

So here they are (Who knows, if you participate in all of them you’re bound to win some type of prize right?)

Who: Dell KACE

What: "Hair-Raising IT Tales" – Submit a short story of your funniest, worst, horrible IT work story to enter their drawing

Where: Facebook Contest – http://www.HairRaisingITTales.com/

When: Every day from July 23rd through July 27th. 

Prize: They’re doing a daily drawing every day of the week for a $500 amazon gift card and four $25 ThinkGeek gift cards. You can enter in each day for another chance to win. 

Who: SolarWinds – Thwack 

What: "Tell you Tales from the Trenches" – Submit a short story IT story from work and then it will get voted on; the highest voted entry wins 

Where: Thwack - http://thwack.solarwinds.com/community/solarwinds-community/sysadmin-day-contest

When: You can submit all month long and they’re doing a grand prize reward on July 27th 

Prizes: An Apple gift card, a ThinkGeek gift card, or an original piece of art based on your tale. 

Who: ThinkGeek

What: "The One SysAdmin to rule them all" – Sumbit the name of a SysAdmin to be entered into a random drawing 

Where: ThinkGeek’s website - http://www.thinkgeek.com/contests/sysadmin2012.shtml

When: The contest closes on July 25th at midnight 

Prize: The person who submits the name wins a $250 ThinkGeek gift certificate, and the Sysadmin wins $1,000 ThinkGeek shopping spree and Sauron Premium Format Figure by Sideshow Collectibles

Who: SpiceWorks

What: SpiceQuest: a scavenger hunt

When: Now through July 27th

Where: http://community.spiceworks.com/pages/Spiceworks

Prizes: A $500 gift card Visa Gift Card

Who: Pasa la Guardia 

What: A get-together for Sysadmins – you just have to let them know you’re coming - http://www.adminfest.com/#evento

Where: Breoghan Brew Bar in San Telmo 

When: July 27th at 7 pm

Prize: Looks like they’ve got a bunch of surprises for you when you get there. Who knows what that means! 

Who: LOPSA

What: Discounted membership

Where: http://lopsa.org/sysadminday2012

When: Monday, Jul 23rd through Friday, July 27th

Who: Nextrio

What: SysAdmin Nomination

When: Need to nominate by July 24th

Where: http://www.tucsonsysadmin.com/

Prizes: $500 American Express Gift Card and $100 American Express Gift card

Who: Cyber-Ark

What: Cyber-Ark's 3rd Annual System Administrator Appreciation Day and Twitter Contest

Where: http://www.cyber-ark.com/landing-pages/sysadmin-day/ 

When: 9:00am ET July 24th through 4:00pm ET July 26th

Prize: An Amazon Kindle Fire, twi runner ups will each get a $50 Amazon gift card

Who: OpenDNS 

What:  Voting of your favorite SysAdmin for one of 9 categories

Where: http://www.opendns.com/sysadmin/awards?utm_source=twittershare&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=sysadmin

When: Submissions are due July 24 at midnight

Prize: According to them “bragging rights and recognition and  shiny new toys”

 

There are also some local Appreciation Sites and Dinners being held:

Canada

Who: Canadian SysAdmins - KWLUG

What: KWLUG (Kitchener, Ontario, Canada) System Administrator Appreciation Day Dinner

When: Respond by July 25th for dinner on the 27th at 6pm  

Where: Egg Roll King Restaurant -  85 Courtland Avenue East, Kitchener ON (You have to RSVP)

 

New York, New York

Who: NYC SysAdmins

What: Dinner

When: July 27th at 6 pm ( you have to register)  - https://sysadmins2012-estw.eventbrite.com/

Where: The Gingerman - 11 East 36th St, New York, NY 10016

 

Columbus, Ohio

Who: Columbus SysAdmins (organized by Matt Simmons)

What: Dinner/Drinks

When: July 27th at 6:30 pm ( you have to register)  - http://sysadminday614-2012.eventbrite.com/

Where: The Winking Lizard - 1380 Bethel Road, Columbus, OH 43017

 

It looks like there is a site dedicated to celebrating all the German SysAdmins - http://www.sys-admin-day.de