Scavenger hunt may lead to more storage in your Dropbox
When comparisons are made about free cloud storage, much is usually made about Dropbox giving users only 2 gigabytes. Well, Dropbox is inviting you to move on a scavenger hunt within the ultimate quest to locate more storage for your box. The winner gets 100 GB “for all times.”
Reprising last year’s Dropquest event, the corporate sends its users “on a mystical journey through Dropbox and the interwebs” to hunt answers and solve puzzles.
Dropquest arose from Hack Week , time that Dropbox sets aside for its employees to work on any project that strikes their fancy.
“i suspect something core to Dropbox’s culture is freedom,” said Jon Ying, a Dropbox designer, pointing to Hack Week for instance. He said employees are “actively encouraged in finding new how you can be useful.” The seemingly random side projects that spring from this freedom are likely to find their way into the product. The drawings for Dropbox and selective sync are examples.
“i feel on the core of Dropbox, we’re always looking to simplify people’s lives,” Ying said.
Back to Dropquest. Engineer Raneev Nayak said the search mostly specializes in exploring the Dropbox website. Last year, one task involved users sharing folders to get information. You can most likely expect to have something to do with the recent 3.0 Web interface and drag and drop — although the recent photo upload feature probably dropped slightly late to make it on this year.
Since last year’s first finishers completed the course in two to 3 hours while Dropbox expected it to take about 12, this year’s is somewhat harder. They expect it may take at the very least five hours this time, but they were wrong last year.
“We’ve an entire trove of puzzles in an effort to require a discerning eye and plenty of creativity to unravel, and lots of of this year’s puzzles would require you to head several layers deep ( cue ‘Inception’ horns ),” in accordance with Ying’s blog post announcing Dropquest.
The first to finish Dropquest gets 100 GB of Dropbox storage, a Dropbox employee hoodie, a Hack Week T-shirt, a drawing signed by the complete Dropbox team and an invite to assist write the subsequent Dropquest.
A second-place finish gets you 20 GB in Dropbox, that special hoodie and T-shirt. There are prizes on right down to fifth place. In truth, everyone who completes the challenge earns a gig of storage.
Apparently, it is not only for super techies. “We were very surprised by the cross-part of participants,” Ying said. Last year, the pinnacle finishers were a manner consultant and a graphic designer. And participants played from world wide and from various backgrounds and ages.
For those in the hunt for more free storage, Dropquest starts Saturday at 10 a.m. Pacific Time.
Although the starting time is obvious, the tip won’t be decided until the close of this weekend. It will possibly run for roughly three weeks.