Posts Tagged ‘steampunk contest’

Cash Prizes!

The Society of American Military Engineers has provided cash prizes for two of OctopodiCon’s Contests!

For the junior high and high school aged students, OctopodiCon has the Automaton Contest – whereby students create a gear-driven or self-driven toy or robot.   This is a simple automaton made from cardboard and a wooden skewer and a bit of wire, it’s from the book How to Design and Make Simple Automata, and there are plenty of materials out there for making more complicated designs.  Piperoid has plans for robots made from paper and cardboard tubes.   Making a nifty little gear-driven device from cardboard or paper is easy, and best of all, it could win some lucky junior or senior high school student $100, a trophy, and an enrollment for the student and a parent to OctopodiCon 2013!  The second place winner receives $50 and an enrollment to OctopodiCon 2013 for the student and a parent.  The third place winner receives an enrollment to OctopodiCon 2013 for the student and a parent.  All the contestants receive a beautiful, frameable certificate.  The contest is Saturday morning, October 6th, 9:00, at OctopodiCon.

And then, for adults, we have the Remote Controlled Airship Race, with cash prizes!  First prize is $75, with a trophy, a title, and 2 enrollments to OctopodiCon 2013. Second plce is $25, a title, and  2 enrollments to OctopodiCon 2013.  Third place is a title and 2 enrollments to OctopodiCon 2013.  Every entrant receives a lovely, frameable certificate. This contet is at 11:00 am Saturday morning, October 6th, at OctopodiCon.

We do accept any remote controlled blimp-tpe device within certain specs (see our Contests Tab for details), but just as a quick glimpse, we will accept the remote controlled shark or fish, if you make it look steampunkand it can fly and navigate the course we’ve laid out. The winner is the most skillful navigator of their remote conrolled airship.

Prizes will be awarded at Commencement Ceremonies on Sunday, October 7th, at 3:00 pm at OctopodiCon.

Mad Engineer Contest

The rules for the Mad Engineer Contest are up!

If you’ve ever dreamed of being a Mad Engineer, with access to parts and tools to make whatever your fingers could contrive, then this is the contest for you! OHM and OctopodiCon, LLC are providing tables filled with parts and tools and you, yes YOU, get 90 minutes to make something from those parts, something steampunk, something unique, something that will fill your heart with glee.

There’s no need to send in an entry form.  Since space is limited, entry will be on a first come basis and the first 25 people will be admitted to go mad with parts and tools!



OctopodiCon 2012 is pleased to announce that we will be having some exciting contests at OctopodiCon. While we can’t yet tell you the details on all of them, they are pretty exciting!

We will definitely have a Masquerade and a Hall Costume Contest. These both come with prizes, ranging from a ribbon and Pod Points to OctopodiCon Scholarships and more. The instructions for entering the Masquerade will be posted soon. For the Hall Costume Contest, you merely need to show up and have on something steampunk. Each day will be a new Hall Costume Contest, and winning on a previous day will not prevent you from winning on another day.

We will also have a background story competition. Write us the story of your steampunk accessories and clothing and if you have one, your steampunk persona. Send it and a picture to: The winner will have their story published in our Student Guide and will receive a scholarship to OctopodiCon 2013 as well as 50 points for their Pod.

The Pod with the most points will win a trophy (stored with your PodHead and carried to other conventions to tout your glory), an icon to place on your websites/facebook/blogs, bonus points to start next year’s competition, and the joy of having next year’s OctopodiCon themed after your Pod.

Stay tuned as we bring you other exciting contests and competitions!