Hack Your Backpack Challenge

August 25, 2015

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This September, go back to school in style with the coolest backpack out of all your friends! You’ll walk down the hallways with a book bag that can blink, buzz or even write out a message, but the best part is that you built it yourself.

We are excited to invite you to Hack Your Backpack!

 

CHALLENGE

Starting September 4, 2015 – September 28, 2015, we challenge you and your community to hack your backpacks. Compete by creating and documenting your dream backpack and then upload it to the littleBits Project Page with the hashtag #HackPack.

 

EVENTS

Hack Your Backpack events will be taking place around the world. To find one near you, look through our events calendar. If you’d like to host one yourself, we’ve put together this nifty guide.

If you live in the NYC area, the littleBits team will be hosting a Hack Your Backpack event, parents and guardians can gather with their kids to create their own wearable technology in our shiny new store and lab for creating inventions in SoHo. This workshop is open to all kids ages 8+ and no prior hardware or programming experience is needed. Sign up, bring your backpack and we will bring it life with Bits.

This is an event to encourage kids and their parents or guardians to create inventions together, so please only RSVP if you can attend with your kid.

 

Here are some examples to get you inspired:

1) The Ultimate Backpack Alarm System:

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2) The Synth Backpack:

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3) LED Matrix Lightup Backpack

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WHAT WILL YOU LEARN

You will learn how to design and create electronic wearable interfaces, compose your own music, invent Arduino-connected devices and more!

 

WIN BIG!!

The winner will be selected by an esteemed panel of  judges and announced on the Community Call on Thursday, October 1. The winner will receive a purple littleBits backpack with two kits of your choice + a one hour mentoring session from one of our superstar product designers.

 

OUR JUDGES

Your projects will be judged on creativity, design, engineering, originality and documentation of the project. Please our special judges below:

Asher Weintraub

Asher Weintraub

 

Asher Weintraub, 11, is about to enter 6th grade at the Booker T.Washington School on Manhattan’s Upper West Side. When he was 9, using resources such as 3D design software and printing, Asher created the Menurkey™, a menorah in the shape of a turkey to commemorate the rare convergence of Hanukkah and Thanksgiving.  With the help of his parents Asher ran a successful Kickstarter campaign and produced the Menurkey, which became the unofficial mascot of the hybrid Holiday (’Thanksgivukkah’) and was later put in the permanent collection of the Jewish Museum. For his work on the Menurkey, Asher was hailed by President Obama for his ‘creativity and ingenuity’, and he was awarded a Tribeca Innovative Disruption Award. An inventor and video game fanatic, Asher is currently working on building an arcade with his Raspberry Pi as well as playing around with the Oculus Rift Developer’s Kit. He uses littleBits for prototyping and urgent situations – some of his projects include a temporary doorbell and an auto-waker-upper made at a littleBits workshop.

 DANIELLE DELGADO

Dani

Danielle Delgado is a 14-year-old maker. She got into the world STEAM by playing with LEGOs and then with robots; one thing led to another and she’s fallen into a world of innovation. About two years ago someone showed her a littleBits kit and she instantly fell in love. Since then she’s used my love for 3-D Printing and littleBits to make fun projects.

BRADEN IRISH

 

Braden

Braden Irish is a 12-year-old inventor (of the Alarm Wristband), gamer, YouTuber, maker, electronics-luvr, and a HUGE FAN of littleBits. He enjoys spending time in his very own mini-makerspace in the garage and is very ‘moved’ by the maker movement. Oh, and he <3s robots.

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