Dec 29, 2011
This may be the most excited Iâ€™ve been for the start of an event that sounds like â€œcricket.â€ Iâ€™m not talking about that strange sport that your local Indian restaurant always has muted on the wall, I am talking about Qriket, with a Qr, as in QR codes. If youâ€™re thoroughly confused right now, I donâ€™t blame you. Qriket is a very odd concept and kind of a hidden web gem. The main basis of Qriket is to assemble a team of smartphone toting friends who snap photos of QR codes whenever they arise in the wild. Every code you get adds a point to the overall team total, and every code also comes with a mini game where you get a shot at receiving bonus points or even cash for yourself. At a minimum, you could just sign up, not join a team and just use Qriket to give yourself a small chance at finding a few bucks every time a QR code appears. The cash prizes arenâ€™t too spectacular; my lone prize yesterday was 5 bucks. But honestly, thatâ€™s 5 more dollars then I had and for a college student, thats a free meal.
Qriket works in monthly â€œseasonsâ€ and the registered teams all scan away for the three top spots which receive a quite substantial prize. The prize for this last month was $8,500 for the winning team. This is the team prize, and it is evenly distributed among the team members. So, for an 11 man team, thatâ€™s $772 a person. Not bad. Granted getting these top spots is a long shot, and you have to be dedicated, but for now Qriket is a small service, meaning your odds are probably greater than you think.
Codes scanned in one season can be rescanned for the next season, so stockpiling a pile of magazine ads containing QR codes is something that I recommend. So head to their website and login with your Facebook account. Even if you donâ€™t compete it is exciting seeing if you can squeeze some cash out of a stone (youâ€™ll see what I mean if you play). I realize that by writing this blog post I am just increasing my competition for this upcoming season, but I think Iâ€™m up to the challenge.