littleBits + Olympics = BitOlympics
While we may still be a year out from the Rio Summer Games, our friends at littleBits have launched the first-ever BitOlympics. The three-week competition encourages Makers of all levels to create extraordinary inventions, learn new skills, meet other Bitsters from around the world, and of course, go for the gold with up to $5,000 in prizes. The games kick off with a global makeathon during the weekend of July 10th.
Makers can either participate independently online, join an event in their local community or host an informal meet-up of their own. What’s more, the BitOlympics work just like the actual Games but with easy-to-use electronic modules instead.
Step 1: Choose a game to ‘bitify!’ The littleBits community has handcrafted six design challenges to help Makers get started with their project.
- Football: Premium or Deluxe Kit
- Rhythmic Gymnastics: Synthesizer Kit and Arduino Coding Kit for advanced builds
- Track & Field: Any kit + the Makey Makey module
- Downhill Skiing: Premium or Deluxe Kit
- Table Tennis: Smart Home Kit or cloudBit
- Choose Your Own: Premium or Deluxe, cloudBit and Arduino Coding
Step 2: Learn new skills. Step up your Maker game and receive feedback from the DIY community on your inventions.
Step 3: Join the global makeathon on July 10th.
Step 4: Upload your project and tag it with #BitOlympics in the header by noon (EST) on Sunday, July 26th.
Step 5: Take home the gold! Winners will be selected by an esteemed panel of judges — including Ayah Bdeir, Zuradia Buter and Renaud Bedard — and announced on the community call on Wednesday, July 29th.
- Football: Golden Shoe (Bits of your choice up to $250)
- Rhythmic Gymnastics: Big Air (Bits of your choice up to $250)
- Track & Field: Iron Bit (Bits of your choice up to $250)
- Downhill Skiing: Black Diamond (Bits of your choice up to $250)
- Table Tennis: Topspin (Bits of your choice up to $250)
- Choose Your Own: The Olive Wreath (Bits of your choice up to $250)
- Most Uploaded Projects: Record Breaker (Bits of your choice up to $250)
- Best Documentarian: The Golden Camera (Bits of your choice up to $250)
- Grand Prize: The Grand BitOlympian (One of Everything Collection)
Ready to get started? Race over to littleBits’ official page here.