Mark Hoekstra Award

Mark Hoekstra Award

One year ago Sunday, we learned of the sad death of MAKE Contributor and GEEK Technique blogger Mark Hoekstra. Only 34 years old, Mark had a heart attack while riding his bike. The maker/hardware hacking world misses him and the fun stuff he used to put up on his site.

To mark the first anniversary of his passing, a special Mark Hoekstra award has been set up in his honor. Here’s the description, posted to GEEK Technique:

To celebrate Mark’s life and his passion for the GEEK in us all the PechaKucha Foundation and the PechaKucha Groningen team are launching the annual ‘Mark Hoekstra PechaKucha Award’ today, one year after he passed away, to find the person with the most GEEK technique! This award seeks to celebrate projects, ideas that express ‘GEEK technique’ to make the world a better, simpler and funnier place. We will be looking for PechaKucha presentations that are pro-social, pro-environment and pro-city and embody Mark’s love for the geek. Explore Mark’s amazing blog for inspiration! Full details of the award, judging system and how to upload your presentations will be announced in January when the website for the award is launched. We are working with several wonderful sponsors to bring this project to fruition. If you would like to support the project in any way please feel free to contact us:

What a cool and touching way of honoring Mark. We hope some of our MAKE readers will submit a project.

Sad news.. Mark Hoekstra of Geektechniques has passed away
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Gareth Branwyn is a freelance writer and the former Editorial Director of Maker Media. He is the author or editor of over a dozen books on technology, DIY, and geek culture. He is currently a contributor to Boing Boing, Wink Books, and Wink Fun. His free weekly-ish maker tips newsletter can be found at

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