Play Kinect Ping Pong For Child’s Play Charity

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The Daily’s tech editor Peter Ha sent me over an email about this and, considering it’s helping Child’s Play and it’s going to involve nerds playing Kinect Ping-Pong live — well, I mean, how can I not ask you to help out? ::grin:

The Techies Give Back (who did the Webutante Ball w/ Richard Blakeley) and I have organized a charity event for next Saturday, February 26th and I’m hoping you folks might help spread the word. BackSpin 2011 is an Xbox 360 Kinect ping-pong tournament, being held at General Assembly that benefits Child’s Play. So far we’ve raised $10,000 but it wouldn’t hurt to get a little more.

There is a team tournament with teams from AOL, Foursquare, Hunch, Thrillist, TechStars, Yipit and the New York Times signed up, as well as an All-Star team that includes Naveen from Foursquare, David Tisch from TechStars NYC, Blakeley and Nate Westheimer. There’s also a singles tournament, and the MCs for the day are Jeff & Pat from CollegeHumor’s Bleep Bloop. Microsoft was generous enough to provide us with Xbox 360s, Kinects and Tvs for the event. Other notable but super important sponsors include: Solvate, General Assembly, AppNexus, Pontiflex, Brooklyn Brewery and the Morris+King Company.

They’ve opened up a set of tickets on their Eventbrite page today ($50 for singles tournament, $25 to attend as a fan—all proceeds go Child’s Play) with another batch coming next week.

However, if you’re not in NYC or can’t attend, you can also donate to the event at that same Eventbrite page.

Personally, I’m thinking I may ask if they’ll play Optimus Rhyme during the tournament. It could happen 😉

Check out the (geek filled) trailer by Solvate here.


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