One cannot say that the Dropbox team is not inventive when it comes to new methods of promoting their file hosting and synchronization service. Besides teaming up with companies like Samsung to offer smartphone users of the company extra space on Dropbox, I received 50 GB extra for 2 years, it is also known for its referral program. Refer another user and get extra space permanently on Dropbox, currently up to 16 Gigabyte.
Dropbox Space Race is a new program for students to earn an extra 25 Gigabyte of storage for two years on the site. Before you are now thinking to participate without being a student, I'd like to point out that you need a valid school email address for this to work. If you have one, you can simply sign up or sign in and get an extra 3 Gigabyte right away.
The remaining space that you can earn is a joint effort according to the terms. The school you are associated with gets points when new students sign up for the program. This is different from the standard referral system where you get extra storage as soon as the referred user signs up for Dropbox and begins using the service.
Here, it is all about accumulating as many points as possible to move your school past three thresholds.
What Dropbox fails to mention is how many points need to be earned to pass those thresholds. What the company reveals though is how you earn points:
Signing up or referring a friend adds one point each to your schools account, while completing the getting started guide two. You can therefore earn six points for your school if your sign up, refer a friend who signs up who is a student at your school, and if you both complete the get started guide.
The twenty participating schools with the highest points will receive a Dropbox Pro 100 free trial account for a year on top of that.
Referring a friend in addition gets you the extra 500 Megabyte of permanent space that all Dropbox users get when they refer someone.
No word in the terms of service or on the official page whether the program is limited to students from the United States.
Update: As Mickey points out, the offer is also available internationally.
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