Its time to kickoff today's contest. First person to come up with the answer we are looking for, wins an activation code. Every hour from when the contest starts that no one figures out the answer, I will post a new comment to the page giving you a hint. So if you are struggling, check back here.
Find the relationship between the clue and the Ingress Investigation Board. EDIT - More specifically we are looking for a person, place or thing that ties the clue to content we have seen @ www.nianticproject.com.
The clue is hidden within this post.
Tolstyak won the code by figuring out the connection we were looking for in about 30 minutes. Read the steps to solve the contest below.
The code was hidden as an attribute of the HTML span tag around the word "here" in the statement, "So if you are struggling, check back here." The clue was a base64 encoded string, b3cubHkvZkw1c04=, that when decoded gave you ow.ly/fL5sN, which is a tiny url. Entering that url in your browser took you to Google Maps at the exact location of the "Native Son's Monument" which was created by Douglas Tilden who also created The Mechanic's Monument which sits 3 blocks away. The Mechanic's Monument was in the video from Ben Jackland, the blogger who bought the buggy cell phone that can be watched @ www.nianticproject.com.