If you're reading this now then you know how to use the internet. But did you know that there are nine million people in the UK who don't? For your chance to win an iPad, we'd like you to become a Digital Champion - as part of the Race Online 2012 campaign to get the whole of the UK on the internet by the end of the Olympic year.
The Open University is one of more than 1,000 partners supporting the Race Online 2012 campaign to recruit Digital Champions to help people use the internet - and get the whole of the UK online by the end of next year.
For your chance to win an iPad, we'd like you to become a Digital Champion and pledge to get the UK online. As highlighted by Digital Champion Martha Lane Fox at the launch of the scheme, helping people online can reduce severe isolation, open up access to employment opportunities – and the learning opportunities which are the OU’s whole purpose – as well as save time, save money and open up a whole new way of looking at the world.
So, whether it's through donating your old equipment, pointing your neighbours to computer offers and deals for the disadvantaged, or showing your grandma how to pay her gas bill online, we'd like you to get involved. And recruit more Digital Champions as you go.
For your chance to win an iPad, you need to do four things...
1) Join Platform's Race Online group (you'll need to be logged into Platform to do this, and you'll find the "join" link on the right hand side, under the Race Online 2012 group heading).
2) Make your pledge by voting ‘Yes, I want to become a digital champion!’ in the Platform poll in the right hand column of the Race Online group.
3) Comment on this article - maybe tell us what you're doing or what you plan to do to help someone online? Or just tell us why you think the campaign's important. And please remember to comment in the Platform comment box, not the Facebook one, otherwise we won't be able to contact you if you win.
4) Hop over to the Pass IT on site and sign up officially to become a Digital Champion - and get access to all the tools you might need to help you.
On completing those tasks you'll be entered into a draw, the winner of which will receive an iPad - and the chance to blog for Platform about how they might use it as part of their pledge to be a Digital Champion.
Terms and conditions
This competition opens on 01/06/11 and closes on 05/07/2011. Prizes must be taken as offered and are not transferable or exchangeable for a cash equivalent. Only one entry per competition per person. This competition is open to everyone except members of the Open University's Communications Team. Entries must be received by 05 July 2011. The promoter accepts no responsibility for any entries that are incomplete, illegible, corrupted or fail to reach the promoter by the relevant closing date for any reason. The winner will be chosen and notified within 14 days by email to arrange delivery of the prizes. The name and home town of the winner will be published on Platform. The editor’s decision is final and no correspondence will be entered into.