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.

Beests Unleashed!

Our hackers did a wonderful job furthering the evolution of the Strandbeests, but the time has come to choose which beest reigns supreme.

Before we announce our winner (and the runner up!) let’s take a look at each team’s unique creation.

Mayors of Simpleton
Beest Name: Conduiticus Americanus
This team took their original idea of a simple, easily reproduced American beest and ran with it. Conduiticus Americanus is a true American mutant and this team definitely developed their own language with the PVC piping.

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Clark School Solvers
Beest Name: Duckbeest!
This team created an aquatic beest. The mutant cousin of Boston’s Duck Tour crafts, this beest is equip to sustain itself in the watery blue.

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Devilbeests
Beest name: The Noodlis (affectionately nicknamed “Noodles”)
This beest has an undeniable charm, and rugged grace. Despite Noodle’s genetic disorders (gigantism, and bone deterioration caused by salvaged supplies), this beest, if suspended, would make a great masseuse.

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DADAs
Beest name: Nigrum Aqua Animus Insectum
This creature represents the next step in Strandbeest evolution. It’s beauty compels imitation, and its sleek design inspires and excites.

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P.E.A Pod
Beest Name: Salsolis Optimus (or “the best tumbleweed”)
Flashy and large, this beest will undoubtedly attract the attention of many a human passerby, inspiring reproduction and recreation. This is truly a “great land jellyfish”!

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Evolucionarios
Beest name: Strand-Cycle.
The melding of beest and man, this animal is the ultimate dream machine. It’s a beest bicycle which allows man and beest to work together as one!

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Mullen Lowe
Beest Name: Hill-duh
This beest is an infant, a new American Strandbeest with skiing ability that is second to none. This team sought to create something that honored the DNA of Theo’s Strandbeests, and Hilda definitely delivers.

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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):

Team Spotlight: Clark School Solvers!

Team Name: Clark School Solvers

Team Motto: We’re gonna be the very beest, like no one ever was!

Materials Being Used: A little bit of everything.

Beest Bio: Unwilling to give too much away, one thing this team will disclose is their dedication to Strandbeest evolution. If everything works out the way they plan the whole world could open up to the beests.

Beestly Blurb: This team’s innovation could be huge for the species as a whole.

Team Spotlight: Hampstead Academy Hackers!

Team Name: Hampstead Academy Hackers

Team Motto: There are no rules!

Materials Being Used: PVC

Beest Bio: They aim to create a demo-board to bring back to their students. And on that demo board? A Strandbeest leg!

Beestly Blurb: The Hampstead Academy Hackers are a cross-curricular team consisting of educators from different backgrounds. Playing off the interdisciplinary nature of the beests, they aim to take what they learn back to the classroom and open the floor up to their students. What materials would they use? What kind of beest would they create?

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!

Team Spotlight: Mullen Lowe!

Team Name: Mullen Lowe

Team Motto: Fail!

Materials being used: PVC

Beest Bio: This team is looking to build six Strandbeest legs, but their master blueprint includes plans for a body too!

Beestly Blurb: These co-workers love building things, and getting their hands dirty. They’re excited that the Hackathon allows them to channel their creativity.

Team Spotlight: Devilbeests!

Team Name: Devilbeests

Team Motto: Measure once, cut twice!

Materials Being Used: Cardboard, duct tape…possibly fire?

Beest Bio: Channeling Theo, the Devilbeests are using only one material; cardboard. They want to transform the cardboard and use it to its full potential. They’re also exploring alternative catalysts for their beest’s movement. “I’m really hoping it’ll be fire”, says one of the members.

Beestly Blurb: This team is looking forward to turning twenty-one so they can use their Strandbeest beer glasses!

Team Spotlight: Mayors of Simpleton!

Team Name: Mayors of Simpleton

Team Motto: Build the American beest!

Materials Being Used: PVC

Beest Bio: This team isn’t looking to build the whole animal, but rather pieces of it that work cohesively to create movement. They strive for a simple design that can be easily replicated.

Beestly Blurb: After finding out about the Hackathon via a Facebook post, this team wasn’t sure what to expect, but thought it might be fun. Needless to say the event has exceeded their expectations!

Team Spotlight: Evolucionarios!

Team Name: Evolucionarios

Team Motto: Forget about the rules!

Materials Being Used: PVC

Beest Bio: Drawing inspiration from the precise nature of Theo’s practice, they aim to maximize the possibility of success through repetition. They bring a whole new meaning to the phrase “practice makes perfect”!

Beestly Blurb: Comprised of fathers and their kids, family comes first on this team!