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This year, electrical experts and professionals across the country were able to put their knowledge and experience to the test with the launch of the NEC Challenge. This week, the Challenge made its final stop of the year in Washington D.C. at the NECA Conference and Trade Show where attendees learned what it takes to compete in the NEC Challenge.

More than 200 participants at the trade show, as well as all those following along with @NFPA on Twitter, had the chance to show off their code expertise to win an iPad, a copy of the 2014 NEC and the pride of rising to the NEC Challenge.

Although it only takes one correct answer to earn an entry into the drawing for an iPad and a copy of the 2014 NEC, NECA attendees soon learned that code mastery pays off when competing to win the Leaderboard by answering the most code questions in a row.

The NECA NEC Challenge Leaderboard winner was a familiar face. Joe Brinley, a JATC School Coordinator from Virginia, took home the prize with 14 correct answers. Joe first played the NEC Challenge at NTI in Ann Arbor. But it was at NECA that Joe was able to rise above the rest as he battled back to win the NEC Challenge Leaderboard and cement his name in archives of code knowledge supremacy. 

Through an incredible turn of events, the leaderboard’s third place finisher Bill Bartnik of Vestal, N.Y. won the drawing of nearly 200 entries. Bill’s weekend was an emotional rollercoaster after seeing his day and a half stint in the top spot on the Leaderboard overrun by Joe late on the second day of the three day show. Unable to top an impressive 14 straight answers, Bill had all but given up on taking home a prize. But, Bill’s three entries in the drawing that he earned by returning each day to take on the Challenge paid off when his name was drawn for the second iPad and copy of the 2014 NEC at the conclusion of the trade show.

If you want your chance to take on the NEC Challenge, keep your eyes peeled for more ways to play! Follow @NFPA on Twitter for your upcoming information on when and where you can play the NEC Challenge, and stay tuned to and for details on the first-ever NEC Challenge Championship, coming soon…

Thank you to all the participants and @NECAConvention for a great show! And, congratulations to our winners Bill Bartnik and Joseph Brinley!

Visit-the-neca-home-page5E66BE91FC81Nearly 300 code professionals and experts have taken on the NEC Challenge thus far, and starting Sunday, as NFPA heads to NECA in Washington D.C., you have one more chance to prove you know the code.

Those who stop by booth #653 at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center will have the chance to be entered into a drawing for a free iPad and a copy of the all-new 2014 NEC by answering a question about the NEC correctly.

Want to earn your free iPad by proving you know the code better than the rest? Continue to take on the challenge, earning a point for each additional NEC question you answer correctly in a row. The top five scores of the trade show will be featured on our leaderboard, and the player in the top spot of the conclusion of the show walks away with their own iPad and a copy of the 2014 NEC, plus a chance to compete at a later date among our previous two NEC Challenge leaderboard winners to earn the title of NEC Challenge Champion.

Even those who won’t be attending NECA in D.C. can still take on the challenge. Simply follow along with the @NFPA Twitter page and the #NECchallenge hash tag, where questions about 2014 NEC will be released throughout the trade show. Respond with the correct answer within an hour of the question being posted and your name will be entered into our drawing. We’ll be releasing challenge questions and opportunities for you to enter starting Sunday, October 13 through the conclusion of the trade show on Tuesday, October 15. 

So rush up on those code handbooks, ladies and gentleman, and let the final installment of the 2013 NEC Challenge begin!

For additional information and updates about the 2014 NEC and the NEC Challenge, register at

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