THE TIME HAS COME

It’s here, the moment we’ve all been waiting for! We are proud to announce the winner of our Strandbeest Hackathon. Give a great big round of applause to….

The Mayors of Simpleton!

Congratulations on a job well done. The Conduitucus Americanus is truly the next step in Strandbeest evolution.

And please give another, equally hearty round of applause to our runner up…

The Devilbeests!

Noodles (The Noodlis) was definitely the sweetheart of the event, and her movements are inspiring!

Congratulations to all of our hackers and a huge thank you to our judges, we know it wasn’t an easy decision. Your ideas were great, your beests are grand, and it was a pleasure having you all join us for our first Hackathon here at PEM.

We would also like to thank our volunteers and our #PEMhack followers! Special shout out to our international audience in Australia, South Korea, U.S. Virgin Islands, Vietnam, Italy, Spain, and Iceland. Hope you enjoyed the Strandbeest Hackathon as much as we did!

You can see The Mayors of Simpleton’s prize winning beest in the Strandbeest: the Dream Machines of Theo Jansen exhibition, on view at the Peabody Essex Museum through January 3, 2016.

Hour 20: Where are they now?

Here’s a look at how the teams’ beests have developed after 20 full hours of hacking (and some napping and snacking):

Judging Criteria

Our hackers are hard at work building their beests. Each team brings something different to the table; unique perspectives, vibrant energies…and big plans for their beests!

That’s why the next few posts will be devoted to Team Spotlights.

But before we dive into that, here’s a quick overview of the criteria that will be used to judge our hacker’s creations:

  • Survivability! Or the beest’s ability to thrive. Will the beest be able to sustain itself in its given environment?
  • Imaginative Adaptations! Or the creativity of the beest. Does the beest represent the next step in Strandbeest evolution?
  • Reproductibility! Or the aesthetics of the beest. Is the design easy to replicate and does it inspire others to do so?

We’ll see which of our teams hits all of the above criteria, and keep an eye out for those Team Spotlights. Don’t forget, the winning team will have their hack featured in the Strandbeest exhibition!

TODAY IS THE DAY!

Hello fellow hackers!

Today is a beautiful day to have a 24-hour hackathon, don’t you think? We have eight fantastic teams ready to step up to the plate and solve some #Strandbeest challenges.

Want to see how the teams progress? Want to get a first-hand look at Hackathon happenings? Follow @peabodyessex #PEMhack on Twitter and Instagram. Use #Evolucionarios #MullenLowe #ClarkSchoolSolvers #PEApod #MayorsOfSimpleton #HampsteadAcademyHackers #DADAs and #Devilbeests to reach out and keep track of specific teams.

Want to video in? Skype us @maker.lounge

Stay tuned, we’ll be releasing the challenges soon!

T-4.5 hours until the Hackathon begins…