Take the Challenge

One of the coolest ways that people are using tech is to transform their bad behaviors or keep up their good habits. Choose ONE thing you do daily (or almost daily) and invent a way to track or change your habit. Next time you wake up and start your daily routine, think about what you are doing. Do you brush your teeth (or not)? Do you pick up your bag to catch the bus or subway (or forget it)? Do you turn off the lights (or leave them on)? You might see your world in a whole new way!

Need some help getting started?

Use the Invention Cycle to get going:

Invention Cycle
CREATE: Brainstorm actions you want to track or change, then start experimenting!
You can:
  • Track your actions. Invent a TRACKER that will help you count how many times you do something. We like alarms, trackers, and counters - these are all ways of making you more aware of what you are doing. Use this data start thinking about how you can change your actions.
  • Change your actions. Invent an INTERVENTION that will help you or others change a behavior. Think about a habit you have that you want to change.

PLAY: Test your prototype, then make a hypothesis about the results you will get.
What works well? Does it track the behavior you wanted? Or does it change the set of actions you wanted? Try it on a friend too.

REMIX: Did playing with your invention go the way you expected?
Now’s your chance to experiment with fixes and improvements. How can you make it more reliable?

SHARE: Make a video that shows your invention in action.
Explain what it does and how it works. To submit to the challenge, upload your invention using the Invention Editor and click on Hack Your Habits.

Are you an educator?

Check out these learning resources:
  • Hack Your Habits: Challenge Guide: Use this guide to help create your next workshop or family night.
  • Hack Your Habits: Lesson: Bring this challenge into the classroom and link it to your next unit.
  • Pro Tips for Documentation: Get advice for documenting and filming your invention.

  • Submit to this challenge on your own time to level up your inventor skills!
    Invent something the community loves and you might just get some awesome Bitster swag!

    Hack Your Habits ran as a timed challenge in April 2016. Check out the winners here.
Enter Challenge
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How it Works

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Brainstorm ideas, then start building prototypes. Feeling stuck? Try using the Invention Cycle to get started.

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Create a video or moving GIF showing your invention in action. How does it work? Why did you make it?

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Don't you want the world to see it? Share your invention. Submit it to the challenge! You could inspire the next inventor with your creation.