Dear DS Simulation Experts.
I am wondering WHY this competition is NOT for SW Simulation experts from India or rest of (UK, US, Canada) ????
Is that, there are not hand full of SolidWorks Simulation users in these countries.....
Do you have a link for it?
Probably something to do with where they can send the prizes to as much as anything else.
here is the link.....
SOLIDWORKS Simulation Superstars Contest
Dave I agree with you as this is something related to sending over of prizes. Here is the link SOLIDWORKS Simulation Superstars Contest
Really? No FedEx in Asia? Seems pretty weak as a reason for the exclusions. I was assuming something far more practical like they want English speaking promo material or the interviewers for the winners have travel budget limitations, they wanted to limit the number of entries to something they could handle, try out it on a smaller scale before they roll it out to other regions, could be lots of things - but can't give a prize to most of the world seems a bit weak to say the least. The exclusions seem to be sub optimal in terms of customer relations in the regions excluded in my view.
I can't help but think that the restriction has more to do with the legal aspect of one 'losing' any rights to the entry.
By sending of prizes I meant there might be technical or legal issue in sending over the prizes.
FedEx do operate in Asia and I get my international parcel via them here in India. I also received my prizes for beta contest. So that should not be any issue but I feel it is more related to It might be some issues related to technical or legal issue.
Just my 2 cents
Maybe this contest is being organized by the North American branch? You should find out who is the Asia & India liaison at DDS and ask them to sponsor a similar contest for your region.
The answer is legal exposure. There are enormous and detailed requirements which vary from country to country with respect to contests and sweepstakes. The contest may have to be registered with any number of local, regional or national authorities, and the international lawyers required to ensure that goes smoothly are going to cost too much money. It's safer, easier and more profitable to limit sweepstakes to the regions that contain most of your customers, and in whose legal systems your company is comfortable and familiar.
Good thinking and nice idea but... that doesn't then explain why Deepak can and has partaken and won prizes for the Beta contest.
Besides, you presume that the top 3 of the customer base are the USA (without the territories), Canada(without Quebec) and the UK.
I'm not sure I understand this objection. I am quite certain that the US is SolidWork's largest market. I don't know why Deepak was able to enter one contest and not another. But I do know why companies limit participation in sweepstakes to certain regions. And the reason is legal. Also, the article Kelvin linked to is essentially a few hundred words expounding on exactly what I wrote.
This article explains why. See especially the last two paragraphs.
Why are some national contests invalid in certain states and other countries? - HowStuffWorks
What about the La Belle province Kelvin? Surely, it can't be so difficult to deal with? You would think that SWX/Dassault would have a handle on laws in every country it operates in would it not? Though it wouldn't surprise me if the liability on a contest was greater than the actually selling of the product.....it probably would have been easier to take for the international crowd if they had left out the UK. Still you would think Quebecer's would have a right to be a bit ticked off at being so excluded but hey on the bright side at least it isn't English Canada doing the snubbing.
What about the La Belle province Kelvin?
Oh, don't get me started on that "distinct" topic!
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