ANNOUNCING #BITIFY YOUR CITY WINNER (AND RUNNER-UPS)

December 10, 2014

Dear bit’sters!! First of all we wanted to thank everyone for their creative and inspiring submissions. We had so much fun looking at all your creations arriving from different parts of the world.   After much contemplation and some Aaahs & Oohs from our esteemed committee of judges, we wanted to congratulate everyone for their work and share the #BITIFY winner (and two runner-ups that came close to first place).

These entries were ranked 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?

AND WITHOUT FURTHER ADO THE BITIFY WINNER IS…

Tennis Arcade in Madrid by Michal Valousek

THE INSPIRATION

In the middle of 2012 there was a place in Spain covered with blue clay. Madrid Masters was the first official tournament which used blue surface as the playing field. We build a tennis arcade full of blue Lego plates and littleBits as a tribute to that event.

THE PROJECT

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Tennis Arcade is a simple game of pong played on a small 8×8 Adafruit LED matrix programmed with the littleBits Arduino and controlled with two dimmers which act as analog inputs and control the position of the paddle on the matrix. On the other side of Arduino, there are two peripherals — a buzzer for simple sound when ball hit the paddle, and a servo module for controlling the position of the LEGO figures on the platforms.

QUOTES FROM OUR JUDGES

“Excellent video and execution” -Isogawa Yoshihito

“Very cool idea, very creative! The technological aspects are over the top! How 1 servo controls the 2 players. And the use of the littlebits Arduino is very very good!” – Philipp Verbeek

“This tech savvy piece has a PONG built in! Can’t say no to PONG!” – Kyle Lee

“My first choice!” – Brick Queen

RUNNER UPS

It was hard to select only one winner so our judges agreed on two runner up projects.

The Tower of Pisa by Danielle Delgado

This smart project caught the eye of our judges by using the ArduinoBit and a Motor to fix the unintended tilt of the Leaning  Tower of Pisa. Danielle’s video is breaking news too!

QUOTES FROM OUR JUDGES

“ The idea of fixing the Leaning Tower of Pisa is very interesting. “ -Isogawa Yoshihito

“Very Original for sure, and I like the idea that you fixed the tower by using littleBits. The documentation is really well done, like a real news-show.” – Philipp Verbeek

City Of The Future by The International School of Amsterdam

Another entry that caught the eye of our judges demonstrating excellent team work and a great amount of creativity with just a set of basic bits. The team decided to build various landmarks from around the world as they envisioned them in a futuristic utopian society.

QUOTES FROM OUR JUDGES

“ Really tough to judge, this was my second favorite “ -Jason Alleman

” Good teamwork. They know how to work well as a team. “ -Isogawa Yoshihito

“Tower of Future, original, great choice of bricks and color palette, and littlebits blends into the structure nicely, the battery holder underneath is a killer design!” – Kyle Lee

Again a huge thank you to everyone who participated and our stellar panel of judges.

THE JUDGES

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

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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.

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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

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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

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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

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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.

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