Global Makeathon Launches BitOlympic Games

July 16, 2015

This week marks a special occasion with the launch of the first ever BitOlympic Games during a Global Makeathon that took place in over 45 Chapters worldwide. All the way from Denver, Colorado to Capri, Italy to Sydney, Australia to Brooklyn, New York, bitsters of all ages rejoiced to invent new Olympic games.

“The first thing is to love your sport. Never do it to please someone else. It has to be yours.”

— Peggy Fleming, gold medalist in figure skating in 1968

Here are some new bitified sports the crowds undoubtedly loved this weekend.

BICYCLE LAZER TAG

This fun new sport is brought to us by our Valencia Chapter in Spain, led by the duo of Pier and Alayna, students at the Music Technology and Innovation Berklee Lab in Valencia.

Each bike is equipped with a power, remote trigger, and either an mp3 player or an Arduino module and a speaker. The sound effects  cue bicyclist they’ve been tagged by another player’s household remote control or an IR led.

 

3D MINECRAFT SKIER

For our community members living in the southern hemisphere, we have this crafty 3D Minecraft Skier, made by kids in our Sydney, Australia Chapter.   Two DC motors move the snowy landscape past our skier, which sits atop a servo motor.

ROBO FIGHTER – CHEF COMBATTENTI

For a fun game to make and play, check out these Robo Fighters from our Capri, Italy Chapter leader, Enrica Amplo.  “Questi robottini sono simpaticissimi!!!”  Using cardboard, wire, and clips, each player builds a robo fighter with a simple circuit (power + button + servo motor).  Pushing the button makes a fighter come out swinging; play continues until one fighter falls.

SOCIAL MEDIA COVERAGE

Community members were all atwitter this weekend to share their BitOlympic events and inventions on social media.  Here are some of our favorites…

BITOLYMPIC TORCHES

Our Chapter in Monterey, Mexico shared this cute video of girls making their own very stylish BitOlympic torches!

REMIXED TABLE TENNIS
Edmonton, Canada bitsters made incredible contraptions including an interactive ping-pong game!  

 

BITIFIED ROWING

And BitOlympians in Vancouver even invented an entire bitified cardboard rowing sport, featuring the BitBoatthe fastest row boat around” which is a REAL boat.

 

 

DOWNHILL SKIING, REINVENTED

At the Denver, CO, Chapter, members gathered together to redesign downhill skiing.  Kevin Menze is sporting a hands free helmet light!

For more bitastic snippets follow the BitOlympics hashtag on twitter and Instagram,  and catch upcoming events here. There are ton more events happening this month and lots more games to be invented.