Every student needs technology. No matter what you are studying, what major you declared, what eventual career you are pursuing, you will be using some form of technology. And face it, new tech is better than old tech. New smartphones have better cameras and faster processing, new computers will start up quickly, run the latest software and show your work on an unbelievable display screen. Enter this contest and you can choose what new tech to buy before going back to school since Best Buy is giving away four $500 Best Buy gift certificates as the prizes.

Do all students really need tech?

Yes! There is no other answer. Ten years ago students could scrape by without a cell phone, or laptop, but not today. Tech is not a luxury, it is as necessary to an artist as a paintbrush. As mandatory for the chemistry student as a test tube. As indispensable for the English major as a dictionary. Take a look at the 360 degree video we are showing on Best Buy’s Facebook page (for mobile use this link) to see how tech is used by students studying a variety of different subjects. Then enter either on Facebook or enter here on the blog.


If you win you can use the gift certificate prize towards a new computer, a new printer, a new tablet, a new cellphone … or you might even want to get a few new pens (Best Buy has you covered with low tech writing utensils too!).




Here are the details: how to enter

On Facebook: In a comment on the Facebook post, guess what the 3 majors are of the students featured in the 360 degree video. You must guess all 3 correctly for your entry to be valid.

On the blog: enter a comment below this post telling us about your favourite back to school tech and why it would help make your school year a success. You must include the link to the product found on bestbuy.ca for your entry to be valid.


What you may win

We will randomly choose 4 entries from all valid entries on Facebook and on the blog. Each winner will receive a $500 Best Buy Gift Certificate.


The contest will run from August 14th until September 10th.

Remember you can only enter once, either on Facebook or on the blog (not both!). Tell your school friends too: if one of your school friends wins, that should earn you at least one early morning lecture of note taking so you can sleep in!

Good Luck!
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Editor in Chief
Martin loves working with the talented editors and writers on Plug-in Blog as Blog Editor-in-Chief. During his spare time he is either working on his next novel, cooking up a masterpiece in the kitchen, or adding some smart tech to his new home on Mayne Island in British Columbia.


  1. My fave tech is a laptop and I’m 39 and going back to school this fall so I could really use one. This money would go a long way towards helping my first year back be a success!

  2. We think that it is too early to give a 6 year old a cellphone, so we will give him a Cobra Rugged 56km 2-Way Radio instead. He can keep in touch with us while he is away from us.

  3. I could really use a new laptop. My current laptop screen has purple lines running across.
    It’s not supposed to do that!

  4. My favourite back to school tech item and why it would help make my school year a success is “Dell XPS 13.3″ Touchscreen Convertible Laptop”. It would help make my school year a success because I would actually have a computer that could run at a decent speed and has a significant amount of storage space to use for my homework/projects! My current laptop is getting very old and is super slow. http://www.bestbuy.ca/en-ca/product/dell-dell-xps-13-3-touchscreen-convertible-laptop-silver-intel-core-i7-7y75-256gb-hdd-8gb-ram-win-10-xps9365-7000slv-pca/10567342.aspx?

  5. My favorite is also a laptop. It has all you need and is harder to lose or break than smaller items.

  6. My favourite back to school tech is a laptop. It will help me complete my projects and stay organized. Thanks for the chance!

  7. I would like to get my kids a laptop for the upcoming school year. One is in middle school and the other in high school. I think they would enjoy a Chromebook or this little gem: HP Spectre x360 13.3″ Touchscreen Laptop – Silver (Intel Core i5-7200U/256GB SSD/8GB RAM/Window. Thanks, Best Buy!

  8. I need a new phone, desperately. I plan to take some college courses at night to keep me up to date this fall and I need a phone with faster processing and more memory so I can keep up! Thank for the contest, Best Buy.

  9. I would definitely would get a new Laptop for my son. He is entering grade 12 in September and it would be most helpful for him to do homework and complete assignments

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