Playgrounds are an environment that encourage exploration, creativity and new connections. Unfortunately, these places become harder to find as we get older, yet, our need for them hasn’t diminished.
Welcome to OpenBuild
OpenBuild is a community focused environment that encourages participants to create, tinker, build and develop around an idea for a period of 24 hours. While OpenBuild has its roots in hackathons, our aim is to welcome those who are passionate about creating, regardless of their medium. LACUNA will be the home of OpenBuild.
Housed in what was once the world's largest macaroni factory, LACUNA is bursting with murals, art installations and creative businesses. OpenBuild will take place at mulitple locations within the space and there's tons to see between 5 floors and 225,000 sqft.
As always, you have the option to work on whatever you'd like plus 4 challenges from Lacuna based companies. Redesign a creative space with a $2,500 budget, work on a live project with an international marketing and design agency, create new business strategy for Lacuna and work with iBeacons and Myo's.
4 Trips to Miami - Best overall
4 Bulls tickets - 2nd best overall
1 year of free office space - Best Lacuna based project
6 months of Creative Cloud - Gertrude Design Challenge
Design Tablets - Remix Space Redesign challenge
Best use of iBeacons - iBeacons (2 teams)
4 Amazon Echoes - Peer Choice
View our FAQ in the Rules section
$111,499 in prizes
Airfare and hotel for a 4 day trip to Miami
4 days and night in Miami. Airfare and Hotel paid for.
Front row Bulls Tickets
Courtside seats for a Chicago Bulls game of your choice.
1 year of free office space at LACUNA (6)
A free 1 year lease for office space at LACUNA. This prize will be given to an entire winning team.
iBeacons for the top 2 iBeacon projects
Huion H610PRO Painting Drawing Pen Graphics Tablet
6 months of Adobe creative cloud
Submitting to this hackathon could earn you:
18+ or note from Guardian if younger.
Team limit 5
Full disclosure on pre-work
Anything that is a work created at OpenBuild or had work done at OpenBuild is kosher for submission.
How to enter
Work on a project for 24 hours whether it's for a challenge or something you came up with. Judging for prizes will be based on a criteria set but all projects are welcome to present.
The Remix Project
The Remix Project
Gertrude Design Challenge
Gertrude Inc. is witholding the details of this challenge, however, we can tell you that you will be reimagining a universal household item.
The Remix Project Design Challenge
Work within a $2,500 budget to reimagine the physical space to better serve the needs of a creative arts and a business academy.
LACUNA Technical Challenge
Create fun, technical installations for LACUNA. We will have Myo armbands and iBeacons.
LACUNA Business Challenge
Create a strategy to attract new tenants
Ray iBeacon Challenge
Create a project that uses iBeacons distributed across Lacuna