Battlestar Galactica contest – DVICE, SCIFI.COM, MAKE present the “Make a Cylon” contest – Cylons Tricia Helfer (Number Six) and Grace Park (Boomer) will judge!

Makers, we’re so excited about this Battlestar Galactica contest with DVICE, SCIFI and MAKE!

DVICE, SCIFI.COM & MAKE present the “Make a Cylon” contest Cylons Tricia Helfer (Number Six) and Grace Park (Boomer) will judge!

The Cylons were created by the people of the Twelve Colonies. Intelligent robots, they were used as slaves and soldiers to fight humanity’s wars. But the Cylons became sentient and they rebelled. Man and machine fought to a bloody stalemate, then the Cylons withdrew to a remote region of space. A truce between the Twelve Colonies and the Cylons lasted for 40 tense and silent years. Then, on the 40th anniversary, a stunning blonde – a Cylon in human form – met the human envoy … moments before the Cylons vaporized the station and launched a genocidal attack on the Twelve Colonies.

Now DVICE, SCIFI.COM and MAKE are giving you the opportunity to create (or re-create) the Cylons for fun, a chance to win prizes, and the possibility of seeing your creation on the Sci Fi Channel.

“Make” a Cylon: Use whatever you like: blinking lights for eyes, metal armor as a costume, toasters … anything to show the world that you’re a Cylon maker. The only caveat is that it has to be something physical (no Photoshop/art entries). Your Cylon can be of the humanoid or robotic variety, real or abstract, or anything else you can think of. We’ll also accept entries for creations in the general Battlestar universe (ships, devices, etc.), although our preference is for Cylons.

To enter make your Cylon or Battlestar “related project” and put photos/videos online. If you use Flickr and Youtube tag your project with “dvicemakecylon” and add it to the MAKE magazine Flickr photo pool.

Or just email a link to the project(s) or photos to:

The best entry or entries will be featured on the Sci Fi Channel. Other prizes include:

  • Battlestar Galactica DVD box sets for seasons 1, 2 and 3 Battlestar
  • T-shirts, posters and other exclusive schwag
  • 10 MAKE year one box sets signed by the MAKE team!

Cylons Tricia Helfer (Number Six) and Grace Park (Boomer) will judge the entries.

You can design your Cylon any way you want, but here is an “open source” kit that makers have used to make things more “Cylon-y”.

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Cylon MiniPOV kit – The MiniPOVs were created by AdaFruit Industries. They Rebelled. They Evolved. And now, they may be invading your planet. This special version of the MiniPOV has the custom firmware from Evil Mad Scientists which makes the MiniPOV a Cyclon POV – blinking lights now pulse back and forth!

Each week on DVICE, SCIFI.COM & MAKE we’ll have examples, projects and ideas for building your own Cylon, you can enter as many times as you wish.

Last submission by the mid-season finale, winner announced the following Monday.


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