Maker Challenge Projects


This year, we thought we’d do a “Maker Challenge” at THATCamp CHNM. Here’s how it will work:

  1. You (or a group) will make something (a plugin, an app, a document, a website, a Twitterbot, an ebook, an archive, a Zotero bibliography, a Wikipedia page, even a project plan or PowerPoint presentation or what you will).
  2. You (or your group) will post a link to and description of your project in a blog post on this site and categorize it under “Maker Challenge” (the category exists already).
  3. You (or your group) will show what you’ve done in 3 minutes or less 5 minutes or more on Saturday 6/8 at 3:30pm. If you have already left, Amanda will present it for you.
  4. Anyone with a THATCamp account can vote for your project by logging in at, then navigating to the blog post for your project and clicking “Favorite.” Voting will last until about 4:30pm on Saturday, June 8th. At that time, the winners will be determined, announced, and awarded their prizes. Prizes can be mailed if you are not present.


First prize — an iPad Mini iPad Mini





Second prize — a Samsung Chromebook Samsung Chromebook



Third prize — a Kindle Fire Kindle Fire





1) Only people who have registered for (and checked in at) THATCamp CHNM 2013 are eligible to collect prizes. GMU and CHNM faculty, staff, and students are eligible, as are non-U.S. citizens, minors, and, indeed, everyone at THATCamp CHNM (hooray!).

2) “Projects” will be defined with exceeding looseness, but the project should be new — it should not have existed before THATCamp.

3) Pairs and groups are more than welcome to work on projects together, and advice and help from anyone is perfectly fine, but each prize can only be given to one person. Teams should appoint a “captain” to receive the prize, and teams should make their own arrangements for how to share the booty and for that matter the glory.

4) In the event of any ballyhoo, wonkitude, tie, or donnybrook, Amanda French will adjudicate with the Solomonic wisdom for which she is known.

3 Responses to Challenge

  1. So….how much prep-work are we allowed to do for the challenge? I’m thinking of things like researching and exploring an API or dataset ahead of time to get a plan for what to build and how, and anticipating coding issues that might come up.


  2. Um. What if it’s something I built in January and broke and am building anew and for real in the next two days?….

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