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Will Pearson

Mar 20, 2011, 5:49:52 PM3/20/11
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Good news everybody!

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From: Mitch Altman <mi...@cornfieldelectronics.com>
Date: 20 March 2011 21:18
Subject: Great Global Hackerspace Challenge
To: William Pearson <wil.p...@gmail.com>, London Hack Space

Hello Ciarán, Will, Daniel, Solexius, ms7821,

I received so many really great submissions for participation in the
Great Global Hackerspace Challenge!The response was wonderful.I
received submissions from South America, North America, Australia,
Asia, and Europe. There are so many incredible hackerspaces around the

Then I had a big problem: I didn't know how to choose which
hackerspaces could participate. I agonized over how to pick only 10
out of all the cool spaces who emailed me. How to choose? I was only
given enough resources to pick 10. I got back to the folks at
Element14, letting them know that it wouldn't be fair to exclude all
but 10 of the hackerspaces. After only a short while, we all agreed,
and the people at Element14 decided they would provide the resources
for all submitting hackerspaces to participate!

*So, congratulations, your hackerspace is part of the Great Global
Hackerspace Challenge!
/If you are still interested in participating, please email me as soon
as you can and confirm. You will not be considered to be part of the
Challenge until I receive your confirmation email.
_Here's a short summary of the Great Global Hackerspace Challenge_:
- Your hackerspace will create a project to help with education, using
US$900 (or equivalent) provided by Element14. The project must use a
microcontroller and a portable power source.
- You have 6 weeks to complete your project, documenting your project
as you go. All spaces that complete their project will receive 10
soldering setups.
- Three hackerspaces' projects will be chosen as finalists to present
at the Grand Finale at the San Francisco Maker Faire. All three of
these spaces will receive some really nice electronic test equipment.
One person from each space will be flown out to present their project
at the San Francisco Maker Faire over the weekend of 21-May & 22-May.
- One project will be chosen at the Grand Finale at the San Francisco
Maker Faire to receive some extra goodies, including a very nice

_In case you missed this in the above summary_:
The folks at Element14 also decided that it would be way cool to have
a live presentation for each of the three finalists' projects at the
San Francisco Maker Faire. So, they kicked in enough money to make
that happen! Each of these three people will also be put up in their
own hotel room. Start planning your trip to San Francisco now! :)

Below is a text-only version of the Participation Packet, which gives
more details. Please read it over, and see if you have any questions.

I will also email you separately with a PDF version of the
Participation Packet, which is 5.5MB. If you don't receive the PDF and
would like it, please email me and I'll get it to you another way.

Shortly after I receive an email from you confirming that you want to
be part of the Challenge, you will be contacted by Challenge
organizers to schedule a phone call with your team. They would like
these calls to occur between 21-March and 24-March, depending on your

Best of luck with your project!



Hello, and welcome to The Great Global Hackerspace Challenge, brought
to you by the very excited folks over at element14!

You are one of thirty hackerspaces from across the globe who have been
chosen to participate in this amazing event, which seeks to stretch
your hackerspace-minded ingenuity to its very limit to create an
electronics build that will make a real, and very positive difference
in an educational establishment. And for you to have a whole lot of
fun along the way!

Exactly what that build is, and what solution it provides is entirely
down to you. The only stipulation is that your build must make use of
a microcontroller and a portable power source. We encourage you to
reach out to an educational institute in your area so that you can
test your invention as it evolves, make sure you are answering a
genuine educational need, and hopefully establish a home for your
product once the challenge is over.

Within this pack, you'll find detailed information on the equipment
element14 will provide you with to get your creative thoughts flowing,
and your talented hands building, as well as the low down on how to
share your Hackerspace's ongoing progress with the world.

We'd also ask you make sure to read our Great Global Hackerspace
Challenge Pact section, on which we are asking for a virtual handshake
from you. It's our way of establishing mutual ground rules and
understanding before the storm of genius activity begins.

We thank you once again for being a part of this incredible challenge,
wish you the very best of luck, and look forward with great
anticipation to seeing your work as it develops. This is a challenge
in which brilliant minds collaborate so that everybody wins. Onwards!


Outlined below is a step-by-step guide with all the information you
will need to help make your hackerspace challenge as successful as
possible. There's a great deal to do in a very short space of time,
and so we have created a calendar of key delivery dates which you'll
find at the end of this pack to help you stay on track.

If you have any questions along the way that aren't answered here,
please email hacke...@element14.com and we'll be sure to get back
to you.


element14 is providing you with a budget of $900 US to complete your
build. You will be contacted directly to establish exactly how you
would prefer to receive this money. Your microcontroller and portable
power source should be procured using this money, and any additional
electronic components you might need can be purchased from the
element14 store. Simply go to the element14 website
(www.element14.com), click on the 'store' tab and then select your
items using your $900 stipend. Your components will then be sent
directly to you.

We ask that you try not add to this budget, as one of the judging
criteria is based on the total cost of the final build, but you are
fully permitted to use any components or items that you might already
have at your hackerspace within your build. We challenge you to be as
creative as you like!


Core to this challenge is to produce an electronics build that will
ultimately help education, but you can also start to help people learn
about hackerspaces and electronics building along the way by regularly
sharing information on your design. This is also how the judging panel
will be able to track your progress and pick the three semi-finalists,
and a minimum of one weekly update is a mandatory element of the

Please feel free to share all your exciting moments as they happen,
but as a guideline, content that would be useful for you to provide
would be:

Week 1
- Introduce your team (video would be a great way to do this), explain
your hackerspace's philosophy, and provide a top level summary of your
first week
Week 2
- Provide a basic outline of the materials you will be using in your
build and any key challenges you anticipate
Week 3
- Provide an update on the status of your build and quick summary of
obstacles encountered and how they are being addressed
Week 4
- Is everything going to plan? Perhaps provide footage of a visit to
an educational institution you're working with
Week 5
- In your penultimate week provide a review of the challenge to date.
Is the pressure on? What have you learned?
Week 6
- This is the time to really showcase your build, why it works and
what features make it stand out


You will be required to contribute to your profile page within the
element14 community. This is where you can upload your videos and
photos and keep everyone informed via a written blog. You will be able
to personalize the page so that your hackerspace's own unique
character shines through. To do this, go to element14.com, click on
�Join Now� if you are not already registered, using your Hackerspace
name, and we will create your page for you.


Our esteemed panel of judges will include luminaries from the worlds
of technology and science, education and hackerspacing.

Following the completion of the build period, they will be judging
each one on the criteria below in order to select three semi-finalists
to attend the California Maker Faire for the grand finale on May 22.

Semi-finalists will be notified personally by Mitch on May 6.

- How reproducible is the final project
- How easily can the parts be sourced in locations around the world
- How low cost is the final output
- How well are the plans documented
- How relevant is the project to helping education today
- How inventive and creative is the design and build of the project


The Great Global Hackerspace Challenge will culminate in a live
demonstration of each of the three semi-finalists in front of the
panel of judges at the San Mateo Maker Faire. One team member from the
final three hackerspaces will be flown out to California to attend the
Faire and present their build. Air fare, hotel accommodation and daily
food costs will all be covered by element14 - we'll provide more
detail on this if you are selected.

In the spirit of collaboration over competition, and to thank you for
taking part, element14 will be sending you a set of soldering
equipment, including a soldering station, for your hackerspace once
you have completed the challenge.

Each of the semi-finalist hackerspaces will receive the following prizes:

- Fluke 233 DMM (worth US$300)
- Fluke 381 Clamp Meter (worth US$500)
- Tektronix PWS4205 Power Supply (worth US$865)
- Agilent HH DMM (specific model TBD)

Finally, the build chosen to have that extra sprinkling of hackerspace
magic will receive a suitably rocking prize: a Tektronix MSO2024
oscilloscope (worth around US$5,600). Start clearing a space in the
corner of your hackerspace now!


You won't find any legal language here. We promise. The purpose of
this section is to let you know that if, for any reason you are unable
to finish your project you should let the organizers know as soon as
possible. Particularly if you encounter circumstances beyond your
control. We need to be able to manage expectations so we can
accommodate the logistics of the event; judging, the Maker Faire event
and the management of the content on the community.

This isn't a contract. You won't be signing your life away. We trust
you. We simply want to have the best competition possible.

To quote the 1989 MGM classic 'Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure' we
want everyone involved in this event to 'Be excellent to each other'.
And that works full circle. We are investing funds into your builds
and you are investing your valuable time and energy into our
challenge. In the spirit of transparency and collaboration we want
everyone to succeed and get as much as they can from this project
however we reserve the right to withhold product and stipend if groups
do not deliver on the requirements of the challenge. We will be in
close communication throughout this project and, we can all work
together to avoid any adverse situations.


- Week of 3/21 : Official Challenge Briefing / Q+A
- 3/25: Deadline to create your profile and submit your first blog update
- 4/1: Deadline for Hackerspace Challenge Blog Post 2
- 4/15: Deadline for Hackerspace Challenge Blog Post 3
- 4/30: End of build time
- 05/01- 05/05: Judging period
- 05/06: 3 semi-finalists will be announced
- Week Of 5/16: One team member from each of the three semi-finalist
hackerspaces will travel to San Francisco Bay Area
- 5/21/22: Maker Faire
- 5/22: Maker Faire Great Global Hackerspace Challenge Grand Finale
- 5/23: Team members travel home

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