Back To School Art Competition: De-CGI something and win prizes from HP/AMD

41CR2wDeBCL._SL500_AA300_.jpgHP has offered three splendid "Back To School" machines to give away to Boing Boing readers: First prize is an HP dv6 15.6" laptop with an AMD Phenom Quad Core Processor Second prize is an HPE Elite 210f desktop computer with an AMD Phenom Quad Core processor. Third prize is an HP 2509 monitor. The competition theme is De-CGI. Take something that is characteristically computerized and render it with natural media. For example, the pixelated layout of an old-school video game represented as bottletops, or a mandelbrot fractal drawn with crayons. Be imaginative! You retain the copyright in your entries. Only legal residents of the U.S. aged 18 and above and Canada can win the prizes. Read the contest rules. You've got until midnight next Monday to get your entries in! To enter the competition, simply upload your entry online somewhere and post a link to it in the comments below. Alternatively, email it to me (rob át boing boing døt net). Good luck! UPDATE! Attention Canadians! HP can ship prizes north of the border. This means entries from oop north are eligible in this contest to receive prizes.


  1. Maybe some lawyer-type can parse this better than I – from the contest rules:

    entry into this Contest constitutes Entrant’s irrevocable and perpetual permission, consent and license, without further compensation or attribution, to use, reproduce, print, publish, transmit, distribute, perform, adapt, enhance, or display such Submission in connection with the Website, the Contest, the Sponsor and the Prize Provider and the advertising and Contest of the foregoing.

    It sounds to me like HP gets the right to edit and use any entry in this contest (whether it wins or not) in their own advertising for free, without giving credit, right? If so, seems like quite a bargain for HP…especially considering the high quality creative work I know all you mutants bring to the table :)

    1. ZikZak, that section refers to us (me!). HP has no involvement at all in the competition other than providing the gear and getting the corresponding mentions here in the post. You’re giving us permission to publish the entry “in connection” with them, bla bla bla law law law.

      1. I see, it was confusing with the terms “Sponsor” and “Prize Provider” thrown in there. In fact, i still don’t really get the legalese, but if you say so I guess I trust that. Thanks for the explanation!

      2. Basically, what the legalese says is that if you submit an entry to Boing Boing’s competition, Boing Boing gets to post it. Which is, of course, entirely fair.

        But, I do have an issue. This is a clueful web site. Why on eart the legalise? If the above is what is to be understood, then why not just write that, clearly? Legalese is hostile and demeaning and seriously, I don’t think it’s necessary.

        1. The legalese exists to protect us from lawsuits from ‘competition chaser’ lawyers. That’s all! It’s a necessary part of being able to run the contest.

  2. Could we perhaps have an edit of the post title to make clear at the outset that this is NOT a Boing-Boing competition, it’s a Boing-Boing USA only competition.

    We’re a global readership.

  3. Good luck to y’all US mutants.

    I don’t care anyway. My country has better health care AND better cheese.

  4. Well, it just so happens that I finished this project last night. In Star Wars episode II and III, all of the clone troopers are completely CGI. I built a replica DC-15 blaster rifle from wood, PVC, and some plastic from a model airplane kit. Here is what the rifle looks like in the movies:

    Here is my take on it, assuming the clone got beat up pretty hard trying to kill Jedi when Order 66 was issued:

  5. Rob, maybe I’m missing something, but how exactly are we to submit entries? The linked Contest Rules say: “Visit (the “Website”) during the Contest Period and follow the instructions to complete and submit the entry form.” I see no such thing.

  6. “Only legal residents of the U.S. aged 18 and above, who notify us in the comments thread below of their entry, can win the prizes.”

  7. I’m not seeing anything in the rules (or this post) about a deadline. When do submissions need to be sent in?

  8. One Horrible Printer (HP) product was enough for me… would not take another one even as a gift.

    Too bad, because the contest sounds like a lot of fun.

  9. One more question, mainly from puzzlement: If this is Boing Boing’s contest, not HP’s, then why limit participants to US residents? This is a strange behaviour in a blog one of whose partners is a Canadian resident in London. Why exclude the rest of the world?

    1. You can *participate* anywhere, but HP can only *ship prizes* to certain places. The bottom line is that you will official not win a prize if you are abroad, but we’ll see if we can donate it on your behalf (so long as it is legal for us to do so) to a charity here in the U.S.

  10. I demand somebody produce a landscape from the world of Pandora, using genetically engineered flora and fauna. Please.

  11. HP? Do not want. Laptops that overheat because of poor thermal design, crappy printers with overpriced ink, etc.

  12. If I’m not mistaken we’re supposed to annouce our eligibility here in the sommeents and that counts as our entry? If so, Then I’m eligible and I enter!

  13. Nice work HP – concoct a promo competition offering your products as prizes, place it on a blog with large international readership, and then open the competition only to US citizens (legal? – what you gonna do, make ’em produce papers you jokers?).

    I’m not in the market for a new PC anyway, but the fact that this competition is closed to non-US entrants just makes me think: Don’t buy HP products. Is that the marketing message and public-buzz you were aiming for with this campaign HP?

    If so, nice job! Another potential customer down the drain.

  14. One imagines the HP Marketing meeting:
    “This form factor business isn’t moving product as we’d hoped, so we’re adding a little something to this month’s sales contest. Anyone wanna see fourth prize?
    Fourth prize, set of steak knives. Fifth prize is you’re fired.”

  15. Hmm!

    “You retain the copyright in your entries.”

    Seeing as how BoingBoing (and Cory in particular) are always lambasting people who protect their creative work by evil legal means such as copyright, shouldn’t this say…

    “Your submissions belong to everyone, not you. Anyone can use them in any way for any reason. Stop trying to protect your own work, you jerks!”

    1. Boing Boing has never, to my knowledge, written anything negative about the concept of copyright as such. They have been applauding people who have used novel ways to let people access and use copyrighted materials. As Cory does with his novels, or as we do when we use free software.

  16. I have a question: I don’t have a driver’s license or state ID, but I do have a birth certificate and a Social Security card. Do either of those work? I would hate to be disqualified because I never learned to drive and have no use for a liquor ID!

  17. I don’t really know if it qualifies, because I made the digital image myself to work from, but I figured I’d share anyway.

    Just finished this little project. A bunch of my friends all went to York, and now that we’re moving in together in Boston, we’re naming the place the House of York, so I made us a sign.

    Maybe not what you’re looking for, but I had fun doing it anyway ^__^

  18. Meh. Not open to Canadians. Fail. At least set it up so that we can enter and have prize go to charity of our choice.

  19. ATTENTION! HP has graciously agreed to ship prizes to Canada also. I’ve updated the rules to reflect that. (However, please note that the published contest rules are Boing Boing’s, not HP’s.)

  20. Here’s my submission… a wireframe möebius strip rotation just like the one I used to watch on the bulky prototypes my father, a computer engineer, used to bring home in the 1960’s.

    and on my “blog”

  21. This is my entry into Boing Boing’s Back To School Art Competition.

    This stop motion animation pays homage to the CGI that Pixar did in its famous first all CGI film, Luxo Jr. back in 1986.

    Boing Boing fans will recognize Jackhammer Jill and the Unicorn Chaser.

    The animation consists of 194 individual still shots that I took with my still camera and joined together into an animation. Jackhammer Jill and the unicorn were drawn by me in crayon and Sharpie.

    1. How do I look at the animated version? There is no link to “original size” and you have downloads turned off. I’d love to see it!

  22. The contest rules say basically that if Boing Boing tries to contact the winners, and they don’t respond within 24 hours, the prizes will be awarded to someone else. Sounds reasonable. So the 20 or so contest participants need to keep coming to this thread every day to see if this is where the announcement will be made. It’s also possible the announcements will go to the email account used to register to make comments. The rules don’t say, but the participants better make sure to check that account each day as well.

    If it seems like the participants are getting restless, this may be why. They have been checking a couple different locations once a day for a couple of months.

    Everyone wants to know the results, but nobody wants to hurt their chances of winning by being obnoxious and pestering Boing Boing. It was a cool contest idea and it would be cool to have some feedback on the work submitted by the entrants.

    Thanks for hosting the contest!

    1. Don’t worry too much–I have a good feeling that everyone’s keeping track of their accounts. Last I heard (no regrets pestering), the results will be posted soon.

  23. We’ll hold the prizes, don’t worry. TOMORROW AM FOR REALZ.

    It’s been a busy october. November. ish.

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