The 2014 Freelancer.com Internet Scavenger Hunt has just concluded after a two-week period, with over 45,000 registrants and more than 16,000 submitted entries! This year’s highly anticipated internet scavenger hunt required participants to complete tasks from a list of 150 cryptic questions and challenges based on internet pop culture and more.
After careful examination of all the fantastic entries we received, we have finally selected the list of Freelancer champions who will share in US$30,000 worth of cash prizes!
Are you ready? Drum roll, please…
The Running Hunts emerge victorious in the 2014 Scavenger Hunt
This creative and determined group of film producers, comedians, entrepreneurs, technology investors, and a World Series Poker champion from the USA, managed to hunt down adult film star Ron Jeremy and get him to do an encore performance of his Wrecking Ball parody, music legend Sir Tom Jones to complete a task, and comedian Carrot Top to ask him to quit comedy and look for a job at Freelancer.com instead! A well-deserved victory, earning them US$20,000!
Running Hunts’ team captain Emily Jillette (wife of American magician, illusionist, comedian, musician, inventor, actor and best-selling author Penn Jillette), a full-time mom, golfer, philantrophist, and scavenger hunt enthusiast, was always confident that this was right up their alley.
“This contest combined all the things I love – creativity, sleuthing, conniving, connections and comedy!”, she adds.
Her team includes Perry Friedman, a former software engineer and presently an avid poker player and entrepreneur. Terrence Williams, who was in Australia for the scavenger hunt, has worked as a producer, director, and production manager for shows in Las Vegas and in other countries, but is now focused on app development and has hired freelancers on Freelancer.com. Emery Emery is also in the team, a veteran stand up comedian who is now working in film and television production as a producer, director and editor. Completing the roster is Cyan Banister, an entrepreneur and angel investor.
Filipino team Cyber Paul bags second place
Closing in on second place is team Cyber Paul from the Philippines, who decided to step out of their comfort zone to do “something crazy and adventurous!”
He gathered his friends and family to join forces, and use their network of contacts to help them accomplish the cryptic challenges.
Their team leader, Paul Agabin, is the CEO of an outsourcing company called Essays.ph, and has also done a multitude of projects with Freelancer.com. He says he dedicates this victory to Bukito Agabin and Sheila Agabin, as his team is awarded US$5,000.
His takeaway from the Internet Scavenger Hunt? “Think outside the box, and never underestimate your competitors!”
A Global roster wins our Special Categories
The Special Category winners are awarded US$1,000 each, and here are the victors for each category:
1. The entry that best promotes and supports the charity of their choice goes to Team Diamond Kings for enlisting the help of professional rugby player Louis Ludik to promote womenforwomen.org and Animal Ambulance. The team participants hail from South Africa, Nigeria, Sri Lanka, and India.
2. The best quality video that promotes their team, the entry, and the Freelancer.com Scavenger Hunt is awarded to Team Awesome17 from Romania for their Epic Split Parody!
3. The entry that makes use of mainstream media goes to GuerillaGorilla6 from Malaysia, for utilizing local radio station FreeFM to tell their story.
4. The entry that goes viral on social media goes to Team Faust with participants from Serbia and Montenegro, for bringing their logo around the world!
5. The entry that has the coolest celebrity endorsement goes to Team Running Hunts from the USA for enlisting Ron Jeremy, Tom Jones, Carrot Top, and many more!
A big salute from Freelancer.com to everyone who emerged as champions in this year’s Scavenger Hunt! We’ll see you again in the next one!