Updates

 

Friday, December 16, 12:00PM

The winners of the Grand Prize have been determined by the judges, and notifications will be going out tonight! Congratulations to all the winners, and thanks to all of you for helping to make HatChase such a success. If you see your account name on this list, be sure to check your Twitter account for a message from @HatChase!

  • First Place: @ringthevelle
  • Second Place: @jcheng1019

Monday, December 5, 8:00PM.

The winners of the $300 Fast Money prizes have been determined, and notifications will be going out tonight! Check the Twitter accounts you used to make sightings for direct messages (DM) from @HatChase. The Grand Prize winners are still being determined. Check back here shortly for updates.

One note: Twitter's search algorithm will not return complete results for some searches; typicaly they will omit tweets from new accounts. Since there were many new Twitter acconts created specifically to participate in HatChase, you may not be seeing all the tweets if you search for "@HatChase". As the owners of the @HatChase account, however, we can see all the tweets that mention us. So please be aware that some winnining Tweets may not show up in the search results.

Congratulations to all the winners, and thanks to all of you for helping to make HatChase such a success. In no particular order, here are the winners of a Fast Money prize. Again, if you see your account name on this list, be sure to check your Twitter account for a message from @HatChase!

  • @arieldsmith
  • @krysovoxo
  • @lrz11
  • @ringthevelle
  • @rdompor
  • @stephlaneee
  • @Mike23690
  • @jlillov
  • @diggitydonowitz
  • @joey_jihod

Thursday, December 1, 1:00PM.

All the hats have been found, and are now going away. But you can still validate, tweet, and get retweeted until midnight tonight... the competition for the Grand Prize is still wide open! For more details, check out the How to Play page to learn how to win.

Thursday, December 1, 11:58AM.

HatChase is off and running!

Many of the hats have been spotted, but there are still a few out there, so keep looking...

Once you get a code from a hat wearer and have verified it on this website, be sure to tweet about it and try to get as many retweets as possible. Each retweet will add to your score for the $3,000 - $4,000 Grand Prizes. You can get points for retweets for multiple hats, as well, so be sure to try to find and validate as many code words as possible. Re-tweets will keep being counted until midnight on December 1, so you can keep racking up points even after the hats have gone away. The Grand Prizes are much bigger than the $300 Fast Money prizes, so be sure to keep chasing, keep tweeting, and keep getting retweets!

Check out the How to Play page for more info on how to win the Grand Prizes.

Wednesday, November 30, 4:03PM.

HatChase Day is tomorrow: Thursday, December 1! The hats will start appearing at 10AM, and go away at 1PM. Get ready!

What's this about?

 

On Thursday, December 1st, 2011, any Rutgers student will have the chance to cash prizes by spotting people on campus wearing funny hats. There are many prizes: 10 Fast Cash Prizes, and 2 Grand Prizes. You could win up to $7,000!

Fast Cash

Get $300 if you are the first person to publicly tweet @hatchase about a hat you found and its location. Yes: see a hat, tweet its location and description with @hatchase, and if you are the first, and the hat is one of the hats we sent, you win $300. You can win this prize up to ten times!

Big Prize

Want to be more serious about it? Find many hats, verify them, and tweet each of them early and often, so that they are retweeted as many times as possible. The largest combined dissemination in public tweets of valid hat sightings wins a $3,000-4,000 Grand Prize, with a $1,500 prize for the runner up.

You can find out more details about both these prizes on the "how to play" page.

Organizers

 

HatChase Day is an experiment that is part of the "Alerts and Warnings In Social Media" (AWSM) project, run by The Command, Control, and Interoperability Center for Advanced Data Analysis and supported by the Department of Homeland Security. The project has been approved by the Rutgers Institutional Review Board. The event organizers include Rutgers faculty and students from the following units and centers: