Laravel Holiday Giveaway

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December 9th, 2020

Hard to believe that another year is coming to a close, and what a year it has been. Let’s face it, for most of us, 2020 has been a complete dumpster fire.

That’s why this year I’ve decided to step things up with the annual giveaway that I organize. This is the third or fourth year that I’ve run a holiday giveaway. There are a lot of reasons why I do it. I feel so privileged and lucky to be a part of this community that has given me so much.

With the help of James Brooks, David Piesse, and Caneco, we set the goal of trying to create a massive giveaway that would impact as many people as possible. The way this community has come together and donated prizes, products, and services is nothing short of incredible. We were able to build a prize list totaling over $20,000 US.

We also were able to get three incredibly generous sponsors whose financial contribution has allowed us to purchase close to $3000 in prizes.

The Giveaway

This year’s giveaway, website located here, will consist of twelve days of giving all starting on December 9th, 2020, and running until December 20th, 2020. Every day on Twitter via the @ContestKit account, there will be a tweet published at 6 AM PST (2 PM GMT) giving away different prizes from the list below. To enter, all you have to do is retweet.

The twelve Twitter giveaways will each have one Laracasts subscription and one $180 Sentry’s credit along with a selection of other prizes. You can see the information for all twelve giveaways here

Along with the twelve Twitter giveaways, you can also enter to win via the sign up for located here. You can check out the full list of prizes which includes our grand prize the Apple iPad Air,Apple AirPods Pro and the Apple HomePod Mini.
Once you’ve signed up and verified your email address, you will receive a unique referral URL. Share this with your friends and you’ll receive 2 more ballots in the draw.

The Sponsors

  • Taylor Otwell Laravel Forge and Laravel Vapor. The giveaway website as well as ContestKit the app automating the giveaways, are both hosted on Laravel Vapor.
  • Jeffrey Way and Laracasts who also contributed 20 (twenty) one year subscriptions is hands down one of the greatest resources to learn anything Laravel.
  • Along with Sentry’s sponsorship, they’ve also contributed twelve $180 Sentry credits. For years I have personally and professionally been using their error monitoring services for my frontend and backend code, and I think it is hands down one of the best unified error tracking platforms out there. They have also added support for performance monitoring for your Laravel application, which helps quickly resolve PHP performance bottlenecks. You can enter to win one of five Sentry limited-edition swag gift boxes that include a dumpster fire t-shirt, Sentry socks, a stress hot dog, AND a stainless steel Yeti mug.

I also wanted to give a shout-out to @thedannyferg (Daniel Ferguson) who contacted me on Twitter and offered to purchase a prize out of his own pocket for the giveaway.

Prizes

There are so many prizes that I’ve had to break it up into categories.

Products

1 Apple iPad Air The brand new Apple iPad Air in your choice of color.
2 Apple AirPods Pro Incredibly light, noise-canceling headphones, AirPods Pro block out your environment so you can focus on what you՚re listening to.
4 Apple HomePod Mini Room-filling, 360-degree sound. Place HomePod mini speakers around the house for rich multi-room audio and features like Intercom.
1 HomePod Mini Room-filling, 360-degree sound. Place HomePod mini speakers around the house for rich multi-room audio and features like Intercom. Courtesy of Daniel Ferguson (@thedannyferg)
3 Keychron K2 Wireless mechanical keyboard Keychron K2 Wireless mechanical keyboard has included keycaps for both Windows and Mac operating systems.
1 Nintendo Switch Nintendo Switch is designed to fit your life, transforming from home console to portable system in a snap.
5 Sentry swag gift box Sentry Prize box including a stress hotdog, dumpster fire t-shirt, Sentry socks, and stainless steel Yeti mug.
1 BEHRINGER Audio Interface BEHRINGER Audio Interface
1 Podcasting microphone courtesy Transistor FM Technica AT2005USB Dynamic Microphone

Applications

3 F-Bar license Manage your Laravel Forge servers from your menubar.
1 Mailcoach App license Mailcoach is a self-hosted email marketing platform that integrates with services like Amazon SES, Mailgun, Postmark or Sendgrid to send out bulk mailings affordably.
1 Media Library Pro license UI components for laravel-media library.
1 Laravel backup server license Laravel Backup Server backs up one or more servers that use either the ext3 or ext4 filesystem, which is the default file system for many unix-like distributions.
5 1 year Git Tower app licenses Over 100000 developers and designers are more productive with Tower – the most powerful Git client for Mac and Windows.
5 1 year TablePlus Licence Modern, native, and friendly GUI tool for relational databases: MySQL, PostgreSQL, SQLite & more
3 Laravel Nova Solo License Nova is a beautifully designed administration panel for Laravel.
1 Invoker license Invoker is like an admin panel for all your Laravel applications. Open local applications or remote sites, and access Eloquent models plus their relationships without building a GUI.
1 HELO Licence Painless local email testing for web developers.
1 Tinkerwell license Run any PHP code available for macOS, Linux, and Windows.
1 Windy Transform every element on any website into Tailwind CSS.

Services

12 $180 Sentry credits Ensure your code is healthy from frontend to backend with Sentry Application Monitoring. See clearer. Solve quicker. Learn continuously.
1 Fathom analytics one Year Of Fathom (Up To 100,000 monthly pageviews).
2 One year Sitesauce license Sitesauce converts your dynamic websites into static sites, so you can keep your existing workflow while enjoying all the benefits static sites provide.
1 One year Snapshooter Business Plan license (new customer) Take up to hourly backup and snapshots for DigitalOcean and all providers. Scheduled and simple, allowing fast recovery.
2 One year Understand IO Starter plan Get complete visibility into your Laravel applications in real-time
10 One year thenping.me pro accounts Running the thenpingme:sync command as part of your deploy process will ensure all of your changed, added, and deleted tasks are kept up to date.
1 Laravel Shift The automated way to upgrade Laravel applications. Upgrade Laravel applications all the way from Laravel 4.2 to the latest version of Laravel.
5 PingPing Lifetime subscription for 10 sites Get notified by the simplest uptime monitoring service in the world when your website is down or your certificate becomes invalid.

Courses

20 One year subscription to Laracasts Push your web development skills to the next level, through expert screencasts on Laravel, Vue, and so much more.
1 Serverless Laravel Course A masterclass for Laravel developers who want to quickly and efficiently scale their applications using Vapor.
1 MakeVSCodeAwesome – Wizard We’re going to make VS Code awesome, then teach you how to be insanely productive in it.
1 Package Training course Having produced over 200 packages with more than 75 million downloads in total, the Spatie team knows what they’re talking about.
3 One year Vue School 1 year subscription Learn Vue.js and modern, cutting-edge front-end technologies from core-team members and industry experts with our premium tutorials and video courses.
1 One year Mastering Nuxt subscription The complete guide to developing and deploying fast, production-ready Nuxt apps.
3 Pick an Adam Wathan course Your choice of one of Adam Wathan’s courses.
10 Laravel Core Adventures PRO Explorer Package A real adventure doesn’t need snakes, giant spiders or rolling boulders. Explore the Laravel core from the safety of your home.
1 Mastering Nova course Your Ultimate Course to demystify Laravel Nova from A to Z. 51 Videos, +5 hours recordings, from installation to advanced UI Features creation.
10 Team Code Course one year access Practical screencasts for awesome developers.
3 Eloquent performance patterns course Learn how to drastically improve the performance of your Laravel applications by pushing more work to the database, all while still using the Eloquent ORM.
1 BaseLaravel course A field guide for streamlining Laravel applications to craft less complex, more readable code.
1 Laravel Certification Voucher Stand out, get certified! Become recognized for your expertise in creating modern web applications with Laravel.
1 Laravel Beyond Crud Course Learn how to build larger-than-average Laravel applications and maintain them for years to come.
3 Pick a Wes Bos course Ready to learn and up your game as a web developer?
1 Desktop apps with Electron Course Learn how to build desktop applications as a web developer.
1 PHP Package Development course The video course that teaches PHP developers how to reuse code in multiple applications.

Books

2 Learn Laravel Queues book Learn how to utilize their power to make your applications faster and more reliable while reducing running costs.
8 Docker for PHP developers (book) Learn how Docker can simplify your PHP development setup and make it simple to share your environment with others. You will learn how to set up, manage, and deploy Docker applications with confidence.
1 Front line php course dive deep into PHP 8 and learn its new features in practice.

Conferences

15 Laracon EU Tickets A full week for Laravel developers with a series of cutting edge presentations, webinars, and networking events.
10 Laracon Online Tickets Laracon Online is an annual online gathering of people who are passionate about building amazing applications with the Laravel web framework.

Now that you know what is ready to be given away don’t miss your chances to enter. Visit the website and follow @ContestKit to give you a chance to win every day.

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Yaz Jallad

Yaz is a full stack developer with a passion for everything Laravel.He runs Ninjaparde Digital Inc, an agency that specialises in Social Marketing applications.