Make: Event – Bridge Building at Ignite Seattle

Make: Event – Bridge Building at Ignite Seattle


Ignite is going to be a great night of makers, geeks, scientists, and innovators hanging out at the Capitol Hill Arts Center in Seattle.

The fun will start at 6:30 with a Make: Magazine sponsored bridge building competition. Using popsicle sticks and hot glue, each team will have 30 minutes to make a bridge. Then we’ll weigh them down until each one is destroyed. The team who has the bridge that holds the most weight will win prizes.

All ages welcome until 10pm and then it becomes a 21 and over event. This contest will be very informal since teams will only have 1/2 hour to make their bridges. I’m looking at the bridge building competition website and I got the above photo from and I really like his style of finding how much weight a bridge will hold by putting the scale right on the bridge. Feel free to bring your own LED’s, wire and batteries to make your bridge light up!We’ll be providing the popsicle sticks and some hot glue guns, but if you’ve got your own glue gun, bring it. Also, bring along your own eye protection please.

This will be my first bridge building competition and I’ll need help to help load the weights and pass out supplies. If you can help, shoot me an email at

Here’s a snippet about the rest of the evening from the radar blog!

The main event will start at 8PM with a series of short talks from local volunteers in the Stage Room. The talks are all going to be five minutes long, with 20 slides that change every 15 seconds. So far Scott Berkun, Shelly Farnham, Beth Goza, Danyel Fisher, Stuart Maxwell, Justin Martenstein, Rob Flickenger among others will be speaking. I’ll be MC’ing. Sign-up in advance to get an early spot (go to Ignite Seattle and leave a comment).

In addition to having full bar, the LowerLevel has WiFi. It also has a second room (the room with the bar) so that you can take a break from the planned activity to do your own thing. Currently Buster McLeod (AKA Erik Benson) plans to lead Werewolves in there. The goal is to have a fun night of geekery and networking. Come prepared.

To recap:

The date: Thursday, December 7th

Make Seattle starts at 6:30;

Main event starts at 8

A bar to call our own for the night – LowerLevel

No cover One stage, two rooms

Wifi throughout Werewolves!

See the Ignite Seattle Blog to learn more details or to sign-up RSVP at Upcoming

2 thoughts on “Make: Event – Bridge Building at Ignite Seattle

  1. benlile says:

    My high school right down the street from there has a bridge building comp each year. You should invite them.

    The Northwest School

    Ask for Herb Bergamini

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