While eating lunch at the Maker Faire, my son looked down and noticed a golden egg near the left foot of an older man sharing our table. The man picked up the plastic egg, opened it, and handed it to four-year-old Rocket. Inside there was a rolled up note that said "Congratulations! You found a Golden Egg." It said to return the egg to the HP booth for some Angry Birds fun.
The note was a little disappointing - after all figuring out that it was a leftover Easter egg would have been more exciting to a four year old - but the real disappointment came when Kevin and Rocket showed up at the HP booth with the egg and were simply told to toss it into the box for recycling. That was it.
After the Maker Faire, a search showed that the person who turned in the most eggs would win a HP PC, which explains why my husband said there were at least a hundred eggs already in the recycling box when he arrived. Twitter also showed that they had some sort of Angry Birds scoring competition, but nothing was said about it when our egg was returned. Even if we knew about the PC contest, we wouldn't have tried for it, but the promotion was still weak. Why not a candy bar or a key chain or something for finding an egg? HP may have meant for the contest to be fun, and the egg certainly brought us to the booth as intended, but it only left a kid disappointed and his family less than enthused.