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Team Cool Kids Wins the Title of Ultimate Samsung Mobile Explorer

March 02, 2010

(OLYMPICS TECHNOLOGY)
Samsung (News - Alert) Electronics America, Inc., the official wireless sponsor of Vancouver 2010 and Olympic ladies’ halfpipe silver medalist Hannah Teter, has announced Los Angeles-based Team Cool Kids: Ethan Newberry and Lindsay Harbert as the Ultimate Samsung Mobile Explorer.

 
The selection of the winning team was done from among the five Samsung Mobile Explorer teams representing the United States at the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Winter Games. All the teams competed with each other for online fan votes and the favor of a panel of Samsung judges by blogging, vlogging and tweeting their Olympic experiences.
 
The winning team not only received the title of Ultimate Samsung Mobile Explorer, but also earned a guest blogging gig with Samsung.com and a $24,000 Samsung cash prize package.
 
“The Vancouver 2010 Olympic Winter Games were a great moment for Samsung, allowing our 10 USA Mobile Explorers to share their experiences with people across the world and to extend Samsung’s commitment to supporting the Olympic Movement,” David Steel, executive vice president of strategic marketing for Samsung Electronics America, Inc, said. “Now, we are pleased to connect with Ethan and Lindsay to share more of their ultimate mobile experiences at Samsung.com”
 
During an awards event in Vancouver on Sunday night, Team Cool Kids shared their appreciation: “We are completely honored and humbled to be picked out of a group of such amazing people. Thank you to Samsung and the fans for such an amazing adventure. And thank you to our fellow Mobile Explorers this wouldn’t be the same without all of you.”
 
Team cool kids in order to earn the title of Samsung Ultimate Mobile Explorers, competed in seven challenges—visiting Vancouver sites, tracing the history of ice dancing and scripting sustainability PSA.
 
They also showcased their creativity and editing skills in their Challenge 6 Freestyle video, incorporating animated versions of the Vancouver 2010 mascots: Quatchi, Miga and Sumi. Most importantly the love song that they wrote for Challenge 2 became a facebook fan and Mobile Explorer favorite—“S-A-M, S-U-N, Gee I love my Samsung!”
 
Hannah Teter, the Snowboarder and Samsung Olympic Ambassador, also shared her experience with the Mobile Explorers and challenged them with her own Olympic-related tasks, including a head-to-head contest to raise awareness for her charity Hannah’s Gold, which uses the proceeds from sales of Hannah’s Gold Maple Syrup to aide children in crisis and curb the effects of poverty in Africa.
 
Following her second career Olympic medal win, Samsung pledged $30,000 to Teter during a celebration event in Vancouver on February 20.
 
“I have been honored to serve as the ambassador for Samsung’s Mobile Explorers program,” Teter said. “Not only have I been able to bring the Olympic Winter Games to so many people and experiment with some of the most current social networking technology, I also have the opportunity to raise awareness for Hannah’s Gold – a cause that is important to me.”
 
After a month-long competition, 10 USA Mobile Explorers were selected. During the competition consumers submitted video applications showcasing their creativity, personalities, social media and communication skills and excitement for the Olympic Winter Games.
 
Other finalist Mobile Explorer teams for the U.S., included:
 
Team David and Freddie!, two college buddies who first connected in film school in Los Angeles. Making movies, gaming and one-upping each other in social network followers keeps their friendship strong.

Team Kinetic: Karl and Jeremiah, a pair of creative professionals from Sacramento, Calif. They are experiential by nature, hardwired for fun, omnivorous with media and ambidextrous with their noggins.

Team NYC: DeStorm and Jessica, a New York City couple built to compete and to travel. Both were college athletes and performers, and one of them calls YouTube (News - Alert) for a paycheck, thanks to the three million video views.

Team S.K.A.R. Vlog: Amy and Samia, friends from Los Angeles who seek to be the source of entertainment, whether it is impersonating a celebrity, singing really bad karaoke songs or just goofing around. The team is part journalism, part improved comedy.

Samsung USA Mobile Explorers were joined in Vancouver by more than 40 other Mobile Explorers from Canada, Russia, China and South Korea.

In related news, Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd., the Worldwide Olympic Partner for Wireless Communications Equipment believes that Vancouver residents and Games organizers deserve a 'gold medal' of their own for staging a successful Vancouver 2010 Olympic Winter Games.
  

Deepika Mala is a contributing editor for TMCnet. To read more of her articles, please visit her columnist page.

Edited by Patrick Barnard