We are excited to launch our first-ever BitOlympics, a 3-week competition to create extraordinary inventions, learn new skills, meet other Bitsters from around the world and win up to $5,000 in prizes. The games begin with a Global Makeathon around the world during the weekend of July 10th!
You can participate independently online, join an event at your local Chapter or host an informal meet up of your own. Sign up to get an email with directions and fun tidbits from the community every Monday in July.
HOW DOES IT WORK
Just like the Olympic games, but with bits!
1) CHOOSE A GAME TO BITIFY!
Our community has handcrafted six design challenges to help you get started on inventing your own BitOlympic project. Choose one or multiple design challenges to compete in.
2) BUILD YOUR PROJECT
Once you’ve chosen your BitOlympic Design Challenge, it’s time to start inventing! Use your imagination, brainstorm some awesome ideas and bring them to life using your littleBits and favorite materials. (ps. this will help advance your maker skills.)
3) UPLOAD YOUR PROJECT TO THE PROJECT PAGE
Be sure to use the hashtag #BitOlympics in the header and post it by noon (EST) by Sunday, July 26.
WHAT WILL YOU NEED
3. Track & Field- Any kit + the Makey Makey module.
WHAT WILL YOU LEARN
1. Game design- understand the rules of different Olympic games and invent ways of improving them.
2. Team building- how to work with others to solve problems and invent projects.
3. Design thinking- how to pinpoint problems, research, brainstorm and invent solutions.
4. Technology literacy- learn how hardware works and how it connects to the world around us.
5. Documentation skills- best practices for taking photos and videos and how to document and share your design process.
The winners will be selected by an esteemed panel of celebrity judges and announced on the Community Call on Wednesday, July 29.
1. Football- Golden Shoe (One winner, Bits of your choice up to $250)
2. Rhythmic Gymnastics- Big Air (One winner, Bits of your choice up to $250)
3. Track & Field- Iron Bit (One winner, Bits of your choice up to $250)
4. Downhill Skiing- Black Diamond (One winner, Bits of your choice up to $250)
5. Table Tennis- Topspin (One winner, Bits of your choice up to $250)
6. Choose Your Own- The Olive Wreath (One winner, Bits of your choice up to $250)
7. Grand Prize- The Grand BitOlympian (One winner, One of Everything Collection!)
8. Most Uploaded Projects- Record Breaker (One winner, Bits of your choice up to $250)
9. Best Documentarian- The Golden Camera (One winner, Bits of your choice up to $250)
Ayah Bdeir is the founder and CEO of littleBits, an award-winning platform of easy-to-use electronic building blocks that is empowering everyone to create inventions, large and small. Bdeir is an engineer, interactive artist and one of the leaders of the open source hardware movement. Bdeir’s career and education have centered on advancing open source hardware to make education and innovation more accessible to people around the world. She is a co-founder of the Open Hardware Summit, a TED Senior Fellow and an alumna of the MIT Media Lab. Bdeir was named one of Inc. Magazine’s 35 Under 35, one of NY Business Journal’s Women of Influence, one of Fast Company’s 100 Most Creative People in Business, one of Popular Mechanics’ 25 Makers Who Are Reinventing the American Dream, one of Entrepreneur’s 10 Leaders to Watch, one of the CNBC Next List, and one of MIT Technology Review’s 35 Innovators Under 35. Originally from Lebanon and Canada, Ayah now lives in New York City.
Zuraida Buter is a Playful Arts Curator and the founder of Zo-ii. She has been involved in the game industry for several years in different guises. She believes in the intermix of on-and off line communities to stimulate creativity and collaboration. Her focus is on creating platforms of opportunities for and within the play- and game development community.
Zo-ii’s latest project is the Playful Culture tumblr: a curated collection of playful events, collectives, conferences and games.
Renaud Bédard is a programmer and musician based in Toronto. He programmed the award-winning indie game FEZ and now works at Capybara Games. He is a Gamejam enthusiast, chinchilla owner, obscure music lover and most importantly, a dad.
WHAT CRITERIA WILL YOU BE JUDGED ON?
Creativity, design, engineering, originality and documentation of the project.
HAVE A QUESTION?
Say hello and check our FAQs in the forum. If you don’t see what you are looking for, post a comment on the thread with your question and we’ll get back to you as soon as possible.