- Jan 16, 2016
- The World Wide Web
In 2016, we held the very first Summer Building Competition! Since then, the contest has become a large part of the forums each year. While we didn't have too many people finish last year, with everything that's going on in the world this year I'm hopeful that everyone will be staying inside and working on cool projects to enter! This year marks the 5th time we're holding the competition! It's quite hard to believe, especially since that means that next year we'll be celebrating 5 years of BitBuilt!
The 2020 Summer Building Competition will begin in April and conclude in August. Once the community gets a chance to vote for the winners of the contest, voting will come to a close and the results will be revealed to all. A more detailed timeline of the entire contest can be found below.
There will be three categories that each user will vote for. Each category counts as one vote, meaning if someone voted for the same entry in all three categories, that entry would gain 3 votes overall. This is done to prevent the contest ending in a tie like we saw in the 2016 contest.
RulesCase Design/Aesthetic - You will be able to vote on which entry is the most aesthetically pleasing to you. Whether it's the frankencasing job they did or the hours and hours they poured into designing their 3D printed case, only one entry can secure your vote so make sure it's whichever you think is best!
Internals - Someone once said "beauty is on the inside" and in this community over the years we have seen mods where that is absolutely the truth. If the inside of your mod is a hot-glued mess that looks like it's straight from DJMills himself, well, let's just say you probably won't be getting any votes in this category.
Features and Functionality - Some console mods retain full functionality while some sacrifice aspects of the original hardware in order to trim down the final size. In this category, entries will be judged on what kind of neat features are included or which ones are taken away. For example, if you make a Wii portable with video out over USB-C, you're more likely to win a vote than if your contest entry shorts out when plugging in headphones.
Our goal each year is to make the contest as fair as possible for everyone participating and we hope that these rules will help us achieve that goal. By reading through the list of contest rules found below, you’re helping to ensure that the contest will be a wonderful experience for everyone involved.
By registering for the contest, you’re letting us know that you agree to the rules stated above. Anyone found breaking the rules (really only the first one) will be at risk for being disqualified from the contest and banned from any future BitBuilt events or services such as the Discord, PortablizeMii and the store. If you are unsure about something contest related, you can send a PM to a staff member on the forums or on Discord and they’ll clarify what the policy is for your specific question.1. All work must be done by you and only you. Commissions involving your contest project are not allowed at any point throughout the duration of the contest while you remain a participant. This includes board trimming, PCB design, case design, wiring of any kind, etc.
2. A worklog with pictures must be made on the forums. A piece of paper or index card must also be visible in photographs with “BitBuilt 2020 Summer Building Competition” (or contest) and your username written or typed out on it.
3. At the end of the contest, a video of your project is required and must be submitted along with your final contest submission. This video must include a demo of the features listed in your submission as to prove their functionality. Any project found lacking video proof of any features will not have those features listed alongside their project during voting in order to keep things fair.
4. Your entry must not be an entry from previous years completed or otherwise.
In order to register, you must first log in, then go to your account dropdown menu, and click “Account Upgrades”.
NOTE: If you've purchased something from the store within the last month or plan to purchase parts for the contest, this fee will be waved! Please PM @Noah with your order number in order to receive the banner and entry!
After that, you can click “Purchase” under the Available Upgrades section and pay the $2 entry fee. Once you have paid the fee, you will automatically be given a banner to denote that you are a contestant in the 2020 Summer Building Competition!
Once you are ready, you can make your worklog under the 2019 Summer Building Contest subforum.
Make sure to pay attention to the stickies here on the forums as well as the 2020 contest channel on the Discord. Any and all new information, such as the prizes, will be announced in those places respectively.
Good luck to all contestants!
Most importantly, have fun and stay safe! It's a big year!