Sci-Fi Contest: Source Universe Roundup


The Hackaday Sci-Fi contest has 36 entries so far. Since there are fifteen prizes available, you stand an excellent chance of winning; but you can’t win if you don’t play. It’s pretty easy to be considered for the contest. You simply need to hack together something Sci-Fi related and show off your work. Head over to the contest page and check out the details. Ten of the prizes are popularity-based, so posting early is the best bet! For those that were put-off by the team requirement, there’s a hack to get around that.

Since this is a themed contest we thought we’d give you an update on where inspiration is coming from. Below is the break-down of each Sci-Fi universe that has been so-far adopted by the entrants. We’d like to point out that this isn’t limited to movies, as the bulk of inspiration is to be found in literature. Why don’t we get a comment thread going here to help brain-storm for people who want help locking onto an idea?

Oh, and if you’re wondering about the banner images. These were taken from three of the contest projects. The upper left is a GLaDOS replica controlled by Google Glass (complete with Nerf dart gun) inspired by Portal. Bottom left is a pair of Peril-Sensitive sunglasses inspired by A Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy. And the bottom right is a life-sign scanner inpired by Stargate Atlantis.

  • Unknown (genre or misc themes) 9
  • A Hitchhicker’s Guide to the Galaxy 4
  • Back to the Future 3
  • Star Wars 3
  • 2001 A Space Odyssey 2
  • Doctor Who 2
  • Stargate 2
  • Thor 2
  • Blade Runner 1
  • Demolition Man 1
  • ET: The Extra Terrestrial 1
  • Futurama 1
  • Harry Potter 1
  • Knight Rider 1
  • Portal 1
  • Prometheus 1
  • Start Trek 1

8 thoughts on “Sci-Fi Contest: Source Universe Roundup

  1. Harry potter isn’t science fiction, it is fantasy. It is in the same category as LoTR, WoT, and things that the fiction is not based in magic not science, Starwars is Sci-Fi/Fantasy. The technology is based in science, but magic is added.

    I would also argue (depending excluding some comics) that Thor is fantasy.

    I have nothing against a fantasy hack off, but this is like submitting a efficient gas powered motor to a alternative energies competition. Same goal, different category.

    1. I think you have a valid point. And that particularity will be in our minds when judging. But I’d rather eliminate things at the end in hopes that we don’t nix the coolest things ever known to man… er, you know what I mean.

    2. That is so true, and a pet peeve of mine, because with TV and movies they also list things as ‘sci-fi show’ which are totally not sci-fi, from ghosts to zombies to vampires to who knows what, and it annoys the hell out of me when they call metaphysical crap ‘sci-fi’.

      Although having channels like discovery and history channel and national geographic pretend that ghosts and metaphysical/biblical nonsense is ‘science’ is equally bad, or in some ways even worse. But the mislabeling of the movies/shows irks me more in practice.

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