Make a Video, Win a free pass to Adobe MAX!

This is awesome… in addition to making a few videos of my own, I get to manage and judge a contest where you can win a FREE conference pass to the Adobe MAX 2009 conference (~$1300).  Plus the grand prize winner gets preferred seating at the keynotes.  In addition, 10 runners-up will be selected to receive just the preferred seating (they have to get their own pass to the conference).  The preferred seating is more valuable than it might seem–I know several Adobe employees who are going to try to win this contest for just those seats!

Anyway, here are the official rules (subject to change if I made a glowing error… though I had this stuff checked out by several people… and it’s official):


Make a video that answers the question “is Adobe MAX for developers or designers?” or somehow relates to the upcoming Adobe MAX conference.


There will be 11 winners! 

There will be one grand prize winner.  They get one free full conference pass to Adobe MAX 2009 plus preferred seating at the keynotes.  If you’ve already registered for the conference, Adobe will refund the base price (that is, exactly what you paid for the conference–not any extras such as pre-conference sessions or hotel) .

There will be 10 runners-up.  They will receive preferred seating at the keynotes.  Runners-up must already be attending MAX to take advantage of the preferred seating–that is, you must have your own conference pass. (See for conference details.) 

Winners will be announced on as well as  If you’re following me on twitter I’ll attempt to also make send a direct message. The grand-prize winner will have 5 days to reply.  If no reply is received I will attempt to award the grand prize to one of the runners-up. 


To qualify for the grand prize (the conference pass) your video must be posted no later than September 15th 2009 at midnight Pacific time (GMT -7:00).    The runners up (preferred keynote seating) will be awarded on the days that follow the 15th until all are awarded–approximately one per day.  This means, you can still post videos after the 15th and have a chance to win the preferred keynote seating (until all the runners-up prizes have been awarded).


All videos are subjectively judged by Phillip Kerman from LLC using the criteria listed below.


Void where prohibited by law.  Adobe employees may participate but can only win a runners-up prize (preferred keynote seating).  The main requirement is that you post a video (no longer than 200 seconds) on and that you tag it with: #whymax.  Also, please post an update to with a link and include the same tag “#whymax”.  Ideally, you also follow me on twitter ( to make it easier for me to contact you if you win.

Judging Criteria:

30% Originality and sincerity.  Try to exploit your own personal voice.  You’re welcome to leverage familiar themes, but try to be original as possible.

30% Message quality.  Your video should make a point and as clearly and effectively as possible.

15% Clarity and conciseness. Respect your audience’s time and invest the work necessary to make your message concise. Also, strongly consider editing your video. Note, videos longer than 200 seconds will be disqualified unless they’re so captivating I can’t not watch them.

15% Technical: Audio and video quality and technical ability with tools.

10% Accuracy and timeliness. Try to make something contemporary to what’s hot now.

Humor is not required, but I’ll probably be more impressed if you use humor effectively.  In addition, entries may be disqualified out of hand if they contain blatantly offensive or objectionable content such as racism or pornography.  Also, all entries should relate to MAX, Adobe, and developers and designers who use Adobe products.  Sincere and honest criticisms of Adobe products are acceptable but not required.  Overly patronizing and blatant brown nosing is also not required.


Feel free to contact me via with questions or comment below.  Also, check out my videos at


Tags: , , , , , , ,

8 Responses to “Make a Video, Win a free pass to Adobe MAX!”

  1. Phillip Kerman Says:

    Just thought I’d add something:
    –you can enter as many videos as you want!
    –use this search to see all the valid entries:

  2. Awesome MAX Ticket Competition Submission Says:

    [...] me in stitches all morning and I could not resist blogging it. Phillip Kerman has been offering a free pass to Adobe MAX on the best video submitted answering the question: “is Adobe MAX for developers or [...]

  3. Phillip Kerman blog » Blog Archive » mr. Monk and the Dead Drop Says:

    [...] Phillip Kerman blog Work and life of a contract programmer « Make a Video, Win a free pass to Adobe MAX! [...]

  4. The Flash Art of War » Blog Archive » Speaking At MAX 09 Says:

    [...] Before you go check out my video submission for Phillip’s win a free ticket to MAX contest: [...]

  5.  // Commented Out » Blog Archive » My entry for Phillip Kerman’s MAX 2009 Video Contest Says:

    [...] out my video for Phillip Kerman’s #WhyMAX video contest and help send me to MAX [...]

  6. Top 5 Reasons for Designers & Developers to Attend Adobe MAX 2009 | Ajar Productions Says:

    [...] finished an entry for Phillip Kerman’s Make a Video, Win a free pass to Adobe MAX [...]

  7. Phillip Kerman blog » Blog Archive » Free Ticket Finalists Says:

    [...] the contest, today I get to decide who wins the free pass!  Then, every new day I’ll award one VIP [...]

  8. Phillip Kerman blog » Blog Archive » VIP Ticket Winners of #whymax contest (updated daily for 10 days) Says:

    [...] awarded the free admission ticket for my contest  now I begin awarding one VIP seating “voucher” meaning you get a reserved seat up close [...]

Leave a Reply