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MacroFab Design Contest: Useless Machine Sponsored by Mouser Electronics

Welcome to the MacroFab “Useless Machine” Challenge, sponsored by Mouser Electronics. The contest is all about creating the most useless machine – we want to see some amazing useless machines and for you to document it all. Include lessons learned during experimentation, design challenges, and more. You need to build something that is completely useless to society. How you design, power it, and program (or not) it is entirely up to you.

You can do this in several different ways, here are some examples:

  • A device that sends tweets of the temperature of mars for tourists
  • A clock that isn’t even right twice a day
  • GPS that tells you where the furthest bathroom from you is
  • Kids Toy where a button press makes an animal noise but none of the sounds are right: “The cow says” – “woof”

We will also have guest judges to determine the fate of the contestants. Judges will be announced via social media. Be sure to follow @MacroFab & @MouserElec for more information as it becomes available.

We have four prizes:

  • Projects Picked by our Judges
    • First place: $1,000
    • Second place: $500
    • Third place: $250
  • MacroFab Engineering Podcast Favorite: Stephen and Parker pick their favorite project on the podcast
    • $1,000 Cash Prize
    • A Useless Trophy

How to Enter your Useless Project

  • Build an electronic project that is useless
  • Document it as a new project on Hackaday.io
  • Tag it with “MacroFab Design Contest: Useless Machine”

Contest rules

  • Contest runs 8 AM CST June 1st, 2019 through 8 AM CST August 10, 2019
  • Project must be documented and submitted through Hackaday.io
  • Source code, schematics, and board layouts for the project must be either posted in the files section, or in a public repository such as GitHub.
  • People should be able to replicate the project with given documentation.
  • All entries will be judged by judges appointed by MacroFab, TBD
  • MacroFab, Mouser Electronics, and Judges or the family of any of the preceding are not eligible to take part in this contest. Everyone is still encouraged to build awesome stuff and show it off.
  • No age limit.

How the Judges will rate contestant’s projects

  • How interesting is the entry?
  • How well is the project documented? Are the description, details, instructions, components and build instruction filled out?
  • Does it work? Upload a video of your working entry.
  • Judges pick their top three (3) projects and rank them from.
    • Top project for each judge gets 3 points.
    • Second project for each judge gets 2 points.
    • Third project for each judge gets 1 point.
  • The projects are ranked by the number of points scored.
  • The MacroFab Engineering Podcast’s favorite will be chosen by hosts Parker and Stephen.

Make sure your project on Hackaday.io has the correct tag so we can find it when the contest ends! An example project can be found here. Parker and Stephen will be discussing entries in the contest while the contest is running so stay tuned to the MacroFab Engineering Podcast. To keep up to date on the contest follow the MacroFab twitter feed and the MacroFab blog.