This Week In Community: Global Chapters, Global Makeathons & Global Inventions

We takin' over. Bit by bit.

March 27, 2015

Hey bitsters! We had quite a huge week. As big as the world, in fact. Let’s take a look back at the week that was in case you missed it…

 

Global Chapters

We started off this week with a KABOOM. It all began with the White House Science Fair, in which President Obama spoke about the importance of STEM education not only in America, but around the world. Obama announced $240 Million in New STEM Commitments, and in the official press release the White House announced our new Global Chapters program!

 

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littleBits Global Chapters is an international network of grassroots organizations with a shared mission of putting the power of electronics in the hand of everyone regardless of age, gender, technical ability and language. So far we’ve received 150+ chapter applications. This news is incredible, and we’re so excited to be fostering local maker communities around the world.

 

Global Makeathon

From Kuala Lumpur to Rio to Chattanooga, everyone’s getting prepped for this weekend’s Global Makeathon! If you haven’t RSVP’d in your city, find a local event here. And if you plan on hosting an event, let us know and we’ll give you a shout out. This week, we shared some food-related littleBits projects like Web-Controlled Sous Vide Eggs & the all mighty ButterBot.

 

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Find your local makeathon & join the fun! Be sure to share your tweets & ‘grams with #InventAnything 🙂

 

#InventAnything Community Call

This week we were delighted to have Mozilla’s Michelle Thorne & Major League Hacking’s Jon Gottfried on our #InventAnything Community Call. We talked to them about best practices for running epic maker events including popular icebreakers, ways to foster collaboration & how to ask for feedback.

Chloe & Vanessa: How can yo get people to give and receive healthy feedback?

Michelle: A successful host brings a level of thoughtfulness. Consider the personalities of your guests – some people might be shy or not know anyone. Take the time to introduce people to one another.

 

 

#shapeBits Contest

We’ve received some awesome submission to our 3D Printing + IoT contest, and we want more! So we’ve extended the deadline to April 10. How will you upcycle a mundane object using shapeways & littleBits? Check out Leo Rolph’s entry, an analogue oscilloscope!

 

Alarm Wristband

Every now and then we are simply dumbfounded by the amazing production talent of our bitsters. This week, Braden Irish’s project video took the cake. Complete with the classic black-and-white to color Before & After trope used in infomercials, the video for this Alarm Wristband had us laughing and gushing with joy. We were also ecstatic to see that Braden was too busy browsing our site to remember to take his food out of the microwave. It means our web team must be doing something right 🙂

 

 

bitsBracket

We wanted to participate in the March Madness hoopla, but we wanted to be unique. We wanted something that replicated the excitement of Bracketology but featured the maker spirit. Thus, the bitsBracket was born. The games began this Monday, and today we’re down to the Final Four.

There were upsets:

 

and blowouts:

 

All in all, it’s actually been pretty fun. The final game is tomorrow, and we’ll announce the winners on Monday. Have a great weekend!