Hack Your Halloween Contest!

Invent a scary movie with the Gizmos & Gadgets Kit!

October 5, 2015

 

Calling all zombies, witches, phantoms, and mad scientists! Use your Gizmos & Gadget Kit to invent a costume or prank, then create a a scary movie featuring your masterpiece. You can win a GoPro camera & up to $3000 worth of Bits!! Think it can’t get any better? We are combining forces with our friends at DIY.org and Instructables for extra chills and thrills! 

First, invent a creepy costume or hair-raising prank. Next, film your own scary movie featuring your frightful masterpiece! Finally, upload your video to YouTube, then submit documentation of your invention to the littleBits Community Project Page, DIY.org, *OR* Instructables with the hashtag #HackHalloween by midnight (EST) on Saturday, October 31 SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 1! We swear we will look at all the ghoulish entries (-o⌒)

The petrifying project possibilities are endless! You can….

  • Trick out your pumpkin by making it a hack-o’-lantern
  • Amp up your Halloween gear! Time to pull out that glowing skeleton costume.
  • Make a trick AND treat candy bowl: a prank to petrify costumed candy-grabbers. Muuahhahahahahaha!
  • Create that creaky, spooky sound coming from around the corner.

Want to host a meetup with your friends? We’ve put together a nifty workshop guide for you.


HOW IT WORKS

Use the littleBits Invention Cycle to come up with your masterpiece…

  1. Create: Come up with a bone-chilling idea to unleash on an unsuspecting world. Grab some Bits and a pile of Halloween props. Tinker until your idea comes aallliiiiiivvvveeeeee.
  2. Play: Recruit some friends, parents, and younger siblings to test your magical contraption or costume!
  3. Remix: Use the feedback you get from your test to iterate and make changes to your design. Maybe you want to add sound or make it move. Or perhaps you decide to change your idea completely – it’s totally ok! Just be sure to test it again before sharing. :o)
  4. Share: Shoot a video of your invention in action. Keep it between 30 seconds and 2 minutes. Upload your video to YouTube, then document your project on the Community Project Page. Be sure to use the hashtag #hackhalloween in the header and post it by midnight (EST) on Saturday, October 31.
  5. Wait for the win :o)

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PRIZES

Win up to $3000 in prizes including a GoPro camera for each of the category winners and a Kit of your choice (up to $250)! The grand champion will also receive expert invention advice from our judges.


CATEGORIES

  • Most Terrifying Prank: Unleash your invention on an unsuspecting friend, sibling, or parent and capture their reaction. Bonus points for the most blood-curdling scream.
  • Best How-to: Show others how you created it so we can make it too! Sure we want to see it in action, but we also want to see the steps you took to get it working.
  • Best Short Film: Aspiring storytelling, director, or cinematographer? Weave a story around your creation! Give it a plot, title, and movie star.
  • Leading Spooky Pumpkin: Carving pumpkins is fun and all, but making them do something is even better!
  • Best Creepy Costume Design: Creepy is cool. Gross us out or make us stare in wonder.

EVENTS

Not only are we going to hack Halloween, we are going to HAUNT THE WORLD! Events will be taking place around the globe. To find one near you, look through our events calendar.

Some highlights include: Abbotsford, Canada, Americana, BrazilBarcelona, Spain, Brisbane, Australia, Brooklyn, NY, Cali, ColombiaCampinas, BrazilChattanooga, TN, Denver, CO, Fremont, CA, Indaiatuba, BrazilLeon, Spain, Los Angeles, CA, Manila, PhilippinesSantiago, Chile, Savannah, GASilicon Valley, CAValencia, Spain and Vigo, Spain.

If you live in the NYC area, the littleBits team will be hosting a series of special Halloween events where parents and guardians can gather with their kids to create their own contest creations in our shiny new store in SoHo. These events are open to all kids ages 8+ and no prior hardware or programming experience is needed. Sign up, bring your most spooktacular ideas and we will build them with Bits!


TIPS

Need some ideas to get started? 

  • Think about your favorite scary movie or book and start from there.
  • Halloween isn’t the only thing you can hack. Take apart an old toy, costume, or cardboard box and use the material to construct your new invention.
  • It’s all in the atmosphere: Halloween is never as scary in the daytime – add some spooky sounds and playtest your invention at night for the full effect.
  • Go wireless! Consider the wireless Bit your magic wand. You can control other Bits from afar and really get a good scare in.
  • Collaborate! A three-headed monster is always better than a one-headed monster. Ask a friend, sibling, or parent to work with you!

Some reminders for when you start documenting….

  • If you are using a phone to capture your creepiness, be sure to orient it horizontally in landscape format.
  • Make sure we can hear you or your sounds loud and clear by keeping the camera close to the audio.
  • Hold the camera still and be sure to focus on the object or scene you’re highlighting. Try not to move around too much, otherwise you might make your audience seasick. :0
  • Taking shots from different angles and edit them together using iMovie for Mac, Movie Maker for PC, or other editing software.
  • Giving your video a beginning, middle, and end. If you’re showing off your project, give us a brief intro and tell us why you created this and what inspired you. Next show it in action (ideally with other people ;o) and tell us how it works. Finally, tell us how you might take it further and what any next steps are. If you’re making a short film, be sure to give it a beginning, middle, and end as well! Who are your characters? Why did you choose this setting? What is the climax of the plot? How do you resolve it?

INSPIRATION

Alien Rotolamp by littleBits
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Creepy RC Car by littleBits

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Trick the Trick or Treaters by littleBits

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Halloween Megablaster by littleBits

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JUDGES

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

NEIL HUXLEY

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Neil Huxley is one of Digital Domain’s Creative Directors for Commercials and an in house director with sister company, Mothership. He joined Digital Domain in 2011 after working for many years as a VFX designer and art director, most notably on James Cameron’s “Avatar” and Zack Snyder’s “Watchmen.”

Neil has applied his creative sensibilities to a number of cinematics and spots for Digital Domain/Mothership that have become celebrated in the video game world. He directed the trailer for Activision’s “Transformers: The Fall of Cybertron” as well as a follow up teaser piece. The trailer soon went viral and was recognized at the VGA Awards by the AICP (Association of Independent Commercial Producers). Neil also directed the announcement trailers for Warner Bros Games, “Mad Max,” “Rise of the Tomb Raider” as well as the “Dead Space 3” “Take Down Terror” TV spot.

Currently Neil is directing performance capture for in-game cinematics for ‘Rise of the Tomb Raider’ for which he is using Digital Domain’s latest virtual production techniques and digital human technology. A Los Angeles transplant, Neil is a Londoner at heart. As a personal passion he is currently directing an independent feature documentary, “Portrait of an Assassin,” about retired East London boxer Jimmy Flint  as well as developing film projects with his brother and writer Philip Huxley.

 

TONY DEROSE

Tony

Tony DeRose is currently a Senior Scientist and lead of the Research Group at Pixar Animation Studios. In 1998, he was a major contributor to the Oscar (c) winning short film “Geri’s game”, in 1999 he received the ACM SIGGRAPH Computer Graphics Achievement Award, and in 2006 he received a Scientific and Technical Academy Award (c) for his work on surface representations. In addition to his research interests, Tony is also involved in a number of initiatives to help make math, science, and engineering education more inspiring and relevant for middle and high school students. One such initiative is Pixar in a Box, a collaboration with Khan Academy designed to show students how creative challenges at Pixar are addressed using concepts that they’re learning in classrooms. A second initiative is the Young Makers Program that supports youth in building ambitious hands-on projects of their own choosing.

 

LETICIA BARR

@TechSavvyMama

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Leticia is the founder of the award winning Tech Savvy Mama, a site that assists parents in navigating the ever-changing world of technology. She uses her experience as a former teacher and technology specialist for a large DC Metro area school system to share new technology and educational resources, including her passion for hands-on science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) activities. Through her blog, Leticia also encourages parents to unplug and to seize teachable moments by creating conversations with kids at all ages and stages. She has been columnist for Parents.com, sharing quick technology tips and resources through Tech Savvy Parents, written for Babble, and is syndicated on Scholastic Parents’ Learning Toolkit. Leticia also works as an educational consultant and social media strategist, educating brands about the social media space and helping them develop technology based educational materials for use in today’s digital classrooms.

 

JAMIE GREENE

@TheRoarBots

Jamie

Jamie is a publishing/book nerd who makes a living by wrangling words together into some sense of coherence. When the sun is up, he’s primarily an editor on staff with one of the preeminent publishers of professional development books for educators, and he’s also a freelance editor and writer with extensive experience in educational publishing. When he’s “off the clock,” he writes about kid-friendly geekiness at The Roarbots. He is a core contributor to GeekDad, and cohosts The Great Big Beautiful Podcast, a show that celebrates geek culture by talking to the people who create it.


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