On January 11, 2012, Boulder-based SparkFun Electronics will open up its website for a promotion known as "Free Day" - a day on which SparkFun will give away $200,000 worth of credit for lucky recipients to use on its online retail website.

This will mark the third Free Day event in SparkFun’s history and is the highest amount of credit at stake. Two thousand people who visit the website on Free Day will be chosen at random to win their share of the prize - a $100 credit to be used on SparkFun products.

Free Day was the brain-child of SparkFun CEO Nate Seidle. His goals were to invigorate the DIY-community, stress test the SparkFun servers, and reward and excite the SparkFun community. It also was SparkFun's hope that by enabling individuals to get their hands on free electronics, the entire community would receive a boost.

"Free Day is the single largest event we've had," said SparkFun Director of Marketing AnnDrea Boe. "And every year, it gets more exciting. I think this year certainly won't disappoint."

The only requirements for participation are a SparkFun customer account (which can be created at any time, even without a purchase) and to visit the SparkFun website on Free Day (January 11, 2012). The event officially starts at 9 a.m. MT and will last as long as the funds are still available. Best of luck!

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Posted by Janine E. Mooney, Editor

January 6, 2012