Futurist Profile: Sean S.

No mistake here, Sean S. is an Oscar winner.

Not only was Sean ranked #1 for accuracy and #2 for total points in PTF’s Predict The Oscars Tournament, he even beat out expert Ben Zauzmer (#10 accuracy) and more than 5,000 other Futurists.
With this pedigree, we sat down with him to find out some of his secrets…


Sean S.
Age: 30
Location: Las Vegas, Nevada
Occupation: UPS Warehouse Worker
Fun Facts: The only movie from the awards I have seen is Arrival. I also have a 1 and a half year old girl with another girl on the way in a month! Also, my wife had my mom as her first grade teacher (we found this out on our first date!)

Congratulations! You had the most accurate predictions in our Predict The Oscars Tournament. How does it feel?

Feels pretty surprising! I don’t know the total amount of players but I feel like This something to actually brag about! Haha. Maybe I should go play the lotto…I must have the magic touch!

What was your process for making a prediction on the multiple choice questions?

I tried to go with the favorites for the most part. I almost picked Denzel Washington to win over Casey Affleck for best actor but changed my mind at the last minute. I am just mad I missed the best picture! Almost a perfect score!

And what was your process for making a prediction on the numerical questions?

I tried to use the hints as best as I could for these, that and lots of Googling! 😉 I remember for the total number of #Oscars tweets one it said how many had tweeted for the Grammys, and I knew the Oscars would be more popular so I guessed based on that.

Awesome. Last question: what everyday PTF questions do you enjoy playing the most, and why?

It’s always tough when a question has such a wide answer range or just random luck involved so I tend to like the twitter and stock questions the best ATM. I feel like there is actually some base to go off of on those to help you get a pretty close answer.

Sean S.’s Results for PTF’s Predict The Oscars Tournament:

Pour 2017, rien de certain. Sauf que…

Pendant les premières semaines de l’année, les gens essaient souvent de prédire ce qui arrivera dans les douze prochains mois.
Prédire aujourd’hui ce qui arrivera demain, c’est notre spécialité chez Play The Future. L’imprévisible, c’est notre pain quotidien.

Et bien que nous sachions mieux que quiconque que rien n’est jamais certain, nous pouvons affirmer avec certitude que ces événements auront lieu.

Tout d’abord, Play The Future fera son entrée aux États-Unis le 1er février. Cet énorme nouveau marché a le potentiel d’élargir considérablement notre base d’utilisateurs, et même si nous sommes une entreprise relativement nouvelle, nous avons de la place pour tout le monde! Tout ce que nos joueurs actuels aiment de l’application se retrouvera dans la version américaine, y compris notre concours hebdomadaire des lundis à un million (excepté pour les résidents de la Floride, de Porto Rico et des territoires des États-Unis).

Pour rendre le jeu alléchant pour nos nouveaux joueurs, nous augmentons la fréquence des prix, qui deviennent hebdomadaires. Ça veut dire plus de gagnants, plus souvent. Et pour garder tout ce beau monde intéressé, nous avons prévu encore plus de tournois comme on les aime. Il y en a déjà trois à l’horaire en février seulement :

  • LE TOURNOI DU GRAND MATCH
    Avis aux amateurs de football! Le dimanche 5 février, vous pourrez prédire tout ce qui se passera dans le match, comme combien de temps durera le spectacle de Lady Gaga à la mi-temps. À gagner : des cartes-cadeaux échangeables contre des articles de football!
  • LE TOURNOI DES GRAMMYS
    Un succès assuré! Le dimanche 12 février marquera une grande soirée pour la musique et une folle soirée de prédictions.
  • LE TOURNOI DES OSCARS
    Le dimanche 26 février, ce sera la soirée la plus glamour de l’année. À vos prédictions : qui gagnera le prix du Meilleur film? Quel perdra le plus de temps à faire des grands discours?
  • Plein de nouveautés dans une seule mise à jour, en version plus rapide et améliorée, la version PTF v1.3. Vous y trouverez un pack de stickers de PTF pour iMessage pour les utilisateurs d’iOS : 10 autocollants futuristes à partager et à utiliser pour faire son frais après avoir battu des amis et des rivaux!

    Beaucoup de changements, beaucoup de nouveautés… voilà ce qu’on peut prédire avec certitude.

    Mais ceux qui nous connaissent savent que nous ferons encore bien d’autres prédictions en 2017. Restez à l’affût non seulement pour être tenu au courant, mais pour faire partie de ce qui s’en vient!

    PTF’s Million Dollar Mondays: Tough…But Not Impossible!

    Well, it’s been a close to two months since we launched Million Dollar Mondays, and our main reflection so far is “Too bad you can’t play as a group”…because if you could have, you’d have won $1 million by now.

    To re-cap, the MDM concept is simple—every Monday, we ask seven basic PTF questions. Answer five out of the seven bang-on with 100% accuracy and you win a million bucks.

    And while (unfortunately!) no one PTF Futurist has won yet, just about every week, most MDM questions get at least one perfect, 100% answer.

    What that means is that you’re getting close; in fact, one week, the aggregate PTF player base nailed six out of seven questions with bullseye precision.  All that one of you needs to do now is channel that wisdom of crowds as an individual.

    Million Dollar Mondays is not easy (then again, what is, when $1 million is on the table?).  But it’s not impossible, either.  And hey, you play for free!

    So keep playing!  Nothing would make us happier than giving someone the Christmas gift of a lifetime. Or let someone ring in 2017 as a newly-minted millionaire.

    I guess we’ll see you on Monday 😉

    Voici les lundis à un million de PTF : des prédictions à la perfection

    Crache le cash!

    Cinq sur sept : c’est tout ce que ça prend pour courir la chance de gagner 1 million de dollars.

    Voici comment fonctionne le méga-fou tournoi de Play The Future qu’on appelle les lundis à un million : des prédictions à la perfection. (On va faire ça vite pour que vous puissiez jouer au PS!)

    Le concept est simple :

    Chaque lundi (à un million), nous vous proposerons sept questions bien précises. Les résultats seront dévoilés pendant la semaine qui suivra. Si vous atteignez la cible de cinq bonnes réponses ou plus sur sept, vous pourriez gagner 1 million de dollars. (Si plus d’un d’entre vous y arrivez, le gagnant sera tiré au hasard.)

    Plus précisément :

    Par cible, on entend une note parfaite de 100 % pour une prédiction numérique ou la bonne réponse à une question à choix multiple (juste la bonne réponse parmi les choix, pas l’ordre exact de toutes les réponses!).

    Les réponses parfaites dans PTF sont assez fréquentes : pour presque chacune de nos questions, au moins un joueur atteint un score de 100 %. Le défi est d’en enfiler cinq sur sept. Pas facile… mais ça vaut le coup en crimebine!

    Les prédictions à la perfection de PTF.

    Notre premier lundi à un million sera le 24 octobre, juste entre l’Action de grâce et l’Halloween. Préparez votre costume de millionnaire, commencez à jouer et… peut-être aurez-vous une raison d’être VRAIMENT reconnaissant!

    Cliquez ici pour lire les règlements du concours.


    Aucun achat requis. Résidents canadiens, excluant Québec*. 13 ans et plus. Les lundis de 4h HE aux mardis à 3h59 HE à compter du 24 octobre et jusqu’au 22 novembre ou jusqu’à ce que le prix de 1 000 000 $CA soit gagné, selon la première éventualité. Un seul prix disponible à gagner pour toute la durée du concours. Chances de gagner : approx. 1 sur 40 000 000.

    * Nous sommes plus que désolés de cette situation. À cause du la montagne d’exigences imposées pour cette activité promotionnelle, Play The Future doit, à grand regret, limiter la participation aux lundis à un million aux résidents canadiens vivant à l’extérieur du Québec.

    Presenting Million Dollar Mondays: PTF’s Prediction Perfecto

    Five out of seven. Right on the money.

    That’s all you’ve gotta get for a chance to win $1 million.

    That said, let us explain Play The Future’s major-league, mammoth in-app tournament called “Million Dollar Mondays: PTF’s Prediction Perfecto” (and do so in as few words as possible so you can stop reading about it and start playing it!).

    The concept is simple:

    Every Monday (this is why we call them “Million Dollar Mondays”), we’ll ask seven specific Prediction Perfecto questions. Results are revealed throughout the week, and if you hit the bullseye on five or more out of seven of them, well…you could win $1 million. (If more than one of you do so, we’ll have a random draw to determine the ultimate winner.)

    Okay, so now a bit more detail:

    “Bullseye” means a perfect score, either 100% on a numeric prediction or the correct answer on a multiple-choice prediction (just the right answer from among the choices, not the exact order of all answers!).

    PTF Bullseyes are actually quite common; just about every one of our usual questions sees at least one of you score a direct, 100% hit. The challenge is to string at least five of them together from a weekly pool of seven. It ain’t easy…but it’s obviously worth it. That’s why we call it a “Perfecto.”

    Our first Million Dollar Monday is October 24, right in between Thanksgiving and Hallowe’en. So prepare your millionnaire costume, start playing…and maybe we’ll give you something to be VERY thankful for!

    Click here to read the contest rules.

    No purchase required. Canadian residents excluding Quebec.* 13 +. On Mondays from 4:00 am ET to 3:59 am ET on Tuesdays, starting October 24 until November 22, or until the $1,000,000 CAN prize has been won, whichever comes first. One prize available to be won for the Contest Period. Odds: approx. 1 in 40,000,000.

    * Sorry doesn’t express how bummed we are, but because of a mountain of requirements for this promotional activity in Quebec, we at Play The Future regretfully have to limit participation in Million Dollar Mondays to Canadian residents living outside the province.

    Cash Contests at AllCanadaContests.com

    Play Canada D’eh!

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    It’s glorious, and it’s free…to play.

    Play The Future stands on guard for thee with “Canada D’eh!” a one-day prediction tournament set for Friday, July 1.

    It’s a public event as vast, as varied, as interesting and as head-scratching as the country it is based on.

    Inclusive and diverse, Canada D’eh! will feature 13 predictive questions; a sea-to-shining-sea scope that includes one for each province and territory that makes up this grand land of ours. Never before have history, geography, politics, moose, beer, mountains, hockey, maple syrup and beavers blended together in such a fascinating and entertaining manner.

    With glowing hearts you’ll see questions and results rise throughout the day, at the end of which will be crowned a new Captain Canuck, who will win not merely the admiration of his or her fellow countrymen and women, but a $500 gift card from Canada’s largest book retailer, Indigo!

    Play The Future is proud to present Canada D’eh!, the one-day prediction tournament about us. Friday, July 1, 2016.

    Canada D’eh! About Canadians. For Canadians. And from a company so profoundly Canadian, we’re almost embarrassed to have hyped this event so heavily.

    Play Startupfest! (Yes, We Said Play It…)

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    Over its five-year history, Startupfest has been many things to many people.

    This year, it’s making history, because for the first time ever for any event anywhere, Startupfest will become a game…for all people.

    Working in conjunction with my new start-up called Play The Future (our major credo: “Life’s a Game”), Startupfest 2016 will turn into a three-day, interactive prediction competition with a trio of daily winners, one overall champion, some kick-ass prizes, and a whole lot of brain-stretching fun.

    How we do it relies on our other major credo: “If it can be measured, it can be played.” (Hey, everything can be played, even this blog post. Can you predict how many words long it will be…title included?) And while I can’t reveal the actual game questions just yet, suffice to say you’ll be asked to predict things like:

    · How long a speaker will “actually” speak (yeah, they all “keep to time”)
    · How many times one will use a particular swear word
    · How many people will be in a particular tent at a particular time
    · How many beers (and/or deals) will be consummated at the opening party
    · The temperature in the tent village at high noon

    …and so on.

    Four questions a day for three days, with two separate, but simultaneous, competitions—one limited to those on-site, and one open to players spanning the entire country of Canada (see we meant by “all people”?). It’s just like trivia, except you can’t cheat by Googling the answers, because they haven’t happened yet. We call it “tomorrow’s trivia.”

    The end result will be a layer of friendly competition, trash talk and surprise learnings draped over the world’s hippest and most relevant gathering of entrepreneurs and smart folk.

    Playing Startupfest is easy. The whole thing takes place on your smartphone; click here for simple instructions on how and where to get the app.

    Oh, and by the way, 338 words…including these.

    But you already knew that, didn’t ya? 😉

    Don’t Just Enjoy The L000NG Weekend…Play It to Win $1000 on Monday, May 23

    Most common folk spend their long weekends relaxing.

    But Play The Futurists are far from common.

    Which is why we’re letting you rest your body but work your brain in our “Play The L000NG Weekend” Tournament on Holiday Monday, May 23.

    Living up to our credo that “Life’s a game,” we’ve put together 15 different themed questions about the first long weekend of the year; the time when Canadians across the country put the yesterday of winter behind them and peer into the oncoming tomorrow called summer.

    You’ll be quizzed about all the things you enjoy about long weekends, like beer, lakes, weather, barbecues, and more beer. You’ll also be quizzed about some things you don’t enjoy, like lineups at the Canada/U.S. border, mosquitoes, and those pesky cousins that drop by the cottage uninvited.

    To make it worth your while, in addition to the profound, double-edged satisfaction of being right and being smarter than everyone else, we’re offering a $1,000 cash prize to the player who racks up the most points on that magic Monday in May. (This may explain why we use “zeros” instead of “O”s in the term “L000NG Weekend”…not just to stretch out the word, but to potentially stretch out your wallet!)

    So lay back in your hammock, sit by the fire…and fire up your predicting powers on Monday, May 23 when you join thousands of Canadians to Play The L000NG Weekend!