The first wave of Google TV devices is right around the corner. To kick it off, Logitech is running a contest called the "Host with the Most" that will put its Google TV-stuffed Revue set-top box in the hands of users ahead of its official launch so that they can show it off to people they know. For the three winners there are some pretty serious strings attached though, including dedicating 20 hours a week for 10 weeks to host 50 to 70 marketing parties for the device.
Having learned a thing or two from Microsoft's Windows 7 launch parties, Logitech is not actually sending out Revue boxes to the winners. Instead, Logitech is having them invite friends over to one of the company's lofts in Los Angeles, San Francisco, and New York, where there will be Revue units installed.
To get chosen for the job, entrants have to tell Logitech why they should get it, as well as divulging the details of both their Facebook and Twitter pages. In fact, you have to be a Facebook user to enter.
Logitech says it will announce its host selections on September 9, following a month of public voting of all applicants and another round for the finalists.
Logitech is giving its nine finalists--three for each city--$1,335 worth of company swag, including a Webcam, notebook mouse, keyboard, speaker set, Squeezebox Radio, Pure-Fi Anywhere 2, and Harmony One universal remote control. The three hosts get a slightly sweeter deal, with a Revue unit ahead of release, and a $2,000 weekly salary and a $500 weekly expense account during the entirety of their 10-week contract.
For grand-prize winners there are some strings attached. According to the contest rules, the job demands at least 20 hours a week, and "a minimum of 5-7 events per week," plus "daily updates on their social media accounts," and blogs. In other words, you become a marketing extension of the company with your personal accounts. For someone trying to get into the public-relations business this might seem like a dream job, but if you're just looking to get a Google TV unit out of it, waiting to buy one like everyone else seems like a much better idea.