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    geekprideday_LargeWide.jpgMake your own geeky gadgets in honor of Geek Pride Day on May 25th. As many of you are aware, earlier this month Star Wars Day was celebrated by believers on May the 4th. In a sign of universal solidarity, true believers greeted one another with “May the fourth be with you.” Those of a dark side bent argued the following two days about whether May 5th or May 6th was an appropriate day to celebrate their “Revenge of Sith Day.” They could not come to agreement on whether it should be “Revenge of the Fifth” or “Revenge of the Sixth” as it is their wont to sow the seeds of discord amongst each other as well as the rest of the galaxy. a816c38829341399ca2e391b066b1fd3.jpg One thing Jedi, Sith, Knights of Ren, and whatever order Luke or Rey decide on can come to agreement on is that May 25th is a day that will not soon be forgotten! That’s because it’s not only Geek Pride day, it’s the day the greatest space opera ever told was first revealed on theater screens!  On May 25th, 1977, Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope was released and the galaxy will never been the same.


    Cosmically speaking, May 25th is not only the perfect date to celebrate Geek Pride because of its significance to followers of Star Wars, it’s also a date celebrated by followers of Douglas Adam’s Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy. That’s because May 25th is the date they celebrate their “Towel Day.” The anthropological significance of this date can trace its origins to The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy original radio series in 1978.  On this date, a list of reasons for why “a towel …is about the most massively useful thing an interstellar hitchhiker can have” was revealed. Geek Pride Day is a day that does not belong to followers of Star Wars or the Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy alone.  Geek Pride Day was officially celebrated in the US for the first time in 2008. By 2009, it was officially sanctioned by the Science Channel with special programming. Meanwhile in Canada, events took place in Ottawa, home of the Canada Science and Technology Museum, to commemorate the day. Geek Pride Day, is a day for everyone around the world to celebrate their nerdom, whether it’s through meet-ups or parties to celebrate anything worthy of geeking-out over.  In preparation for this special date, we will be holding a Geeky Gadgets project competition through the Project14 program.  Create your own geeky gadgets just like Data from the Goonies:


    data-pic-goonies.pngHere are some examples of ideas of Some Geeky Gadgets you might be interested in:

    • Anything having to do with Star Wars.
    • A modern day refresh of all those cool gadgets that Data had on him in the Goonies.
    • Something in honor of Towel Day for Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy
    • A gadget that celebrates your unique inner Geek!


    How do you get help with a project you are working on?

    • You can ask for help in the comments section of the current theme  (EX:Techno Toys)
    • You can ask for help on something in any of your blog entries related to your project submission in the current theme space  EX:Techno Toys
    • You can start a discussion thread on the Project14 and ask for help
    • You can comment on another project if you have a question about how a community member was able to do something.
    • A Jury of Peers (element14 community members as well as element14 staff) will actively monitor Project14 to help people with questions related to their projects


    What kind of prizes do you win?

    • Small prizes will be awarded for projects that use video to demonstrate they are working
      • Don't worry if you are not able to complete your project as there will be a new competition every month
      • If you put in the effort to try your hand at a project you will meet people in the community willing to help you
      • You'll gain confidence as well as experience by trying and set yourself up for winning future Project14 Monthly Competitions
      • You'll put yourself in a good position to compete in Design Challenges for the chance to win even bigger prizes!


    Ben Heck's Star Wars Episode



    Step 1:  Log in or register on element14, it's easy and free.

    Step 2: Post in the comments section below to begin a discussion on your idea. Videos, pictures and text are all welcomed forms of submission.

    Step 3:  Submit a blog post of your progress on your project by the end of the month.  You are free to submit as many blog entries as you like until the beginning of the next theme. We'll accept blog posts until 12:00 am CDT July 14th, 2017.  If you're looking for inspiration check out the projects on the  element14's The Ben Heck Show or on  Design Challenges.


    In the Comments below Submit Your Ideas for Your Own Geeky Gadgets!