Design Challenge: Bitify Your City

By Adam Skobodzinski

Prize revealed: It’s a Smart Home Kit!

To celebrate the arrival of the Brick Adapter that enables you to easily snap littleBits to LEGO® we wanted to introduce a very special challenge for our community.  The design challenge features as judges a few of our personal heroes in the LEGO-sphere and has some pretty fun prizes for the winners if we might say so ourselves!



Inspired by the work of artist Christoph Niemann and his book , we are asking you to make a creation inspired by your favorite city in the world using LEGO® + littleBits. Bonus points if you are using our new Brick Adapter.

The challenge kicks off today November 3rd and will end on December 3rd, 2014 at midnight EST.


Awarded to the best -most bitified city we could find, the winner of the challenge will be one of the first in the entire world to receive a collection of some top secret littleBits stash ! Shhhhh Smart Home Kit! In addition the top 3 entries will be featured in our blog and will be invited to present their work on our weekly bitLab live show.


Jason Allemann a.k.a. JK Brickworks,  LEGO Super-Maker & Design Mentor


Jason has been building with LEGO bricks for as long as he can remember.  As a child he fell in love with LEGO Technic sets, being particularly fascinated with the variety of mechanical creations that could be built using the LEGO Technic system.  That fascination continues to this day, and with the introduction of the LEGO Mindstorms robotics system has expanded to include electronics and robotics.  Jason now designs his own complex mechanical and robotic models using LEGO components, and shares his designs for anyone else to enjoy.


Kyle Li, Director of BFA Design & Technology (BFADT) at Parsons

Kyle Li is the program director of BFA Design & Technology (BFADT) at Parsons the New School for Design. He recently helped build two concentrations, Game Design and Creative Technology, into the core BFADT pathway. Kyle’s research wraps around the affordance of play, especially through games and toys!  He has won Best In Class: Innovation and People’s choice award at E3 from HASTAC and the White House.  His earliest life-changing encounter with Lego was the Red Cross Helicopter set in 1981 when he was 6 year-old. Kyle uses Lego Mindstorm to teach various topics on robotics and interactions including his annual Kinect Lego Sumobot Challenge!

Kristine a.k.a BrickQueen, Toy reviewer and YouTube personality


Kristine is a toy reviewer and YouTube personality better known to her fans as BrickQueen. Lifetime LEGO collector, she began reviewing LEGO sets and other toys in 2011. Today, she is a toy reviewer, animator, and custom minifigure and set designer.

Yoshihito Isogawa, LEGO® Books Author and MINDSTORMS Community Partner


Yoshihito Isogawa is the author of the LEGO® MINDSTORMS® EV3 Idea Book and the LEGO Technic Idea Book series. He is also a member of MINDSTORMS Community Partners (MCP).

Philipp Verbeek, Creator of the LEGO PBC 1


A littleBits + LEGO® community superstar Philipp is the creator of the LEGO PBC 1 and the Individually controllable RGBstrip Bit( coming soon to bitLab) Philip is 19 years old and is studying Mechatronics while creating incredible projects with LEGO technics.


Rules are simple. Create a LEGO® + littleBits masterpiece and share it on our project page using the hashtag #bitify .

You’re welcome to share work on the concept for your creations and ask any questions using the hashtag #bitify. Napkin sketches, doodles, insomniac wire-framing, city monuments in disguise or even some early prototype hacking if you like.

After the final deadline, an expert panel of super stars from the LEGO and design community will be invited to review your entry and judge it against the competition.

Our judges will rank entries across these measurements of bitification;

  1. Creativity — how inspired and original is your creation, how close to the theme is it.
  2. Technological achievement – how well does this project incorporate the potential of littleBits + LEGO®.
  3. Aesthetics- how well designed and presented  is your creation

That’s all bit’sters. Have questions? Ask away on twitter using #bitify. Happy making!




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