create your world

Hebocon Reloaded

Ars Electronica create your world (AT)

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Sun Sep 11, 2022, 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
All times are given in Central European Time (CET / UTC +1).
KEPLER’S GARDENS, Keplergebäude

The goal of this year’s Hebocon Reloaded Open Lab is to build your own low-tech robot as an “alter ego” out of various materials. The end result is a great challenge event where no winner*s are crowned, but the event itself celebrates the coming together and collaborative creative activity of festival-goers, artists, and project partners. You can invest as much time as you need to create your low-tech Heboian robot.

According to Japanese tradition, a Hebocon is a sumo match for low-tech robots and a wrestling match of technical dilettantes. What is meant by this? The word “Hebocon” is derived from the Japanese word “Heboi” – a term that describes something that is technically poor or of low quality. Consequently, a Hebocon is a competition in which poor, simple robots, most of which can barely move, come together on the battlefield and engage in weird, fun fights. A Hebocon celebrates “heboiness,” or mistakes and the people behind them. It’s about fun, learning, creative thinking, building, and watching the robots fight each other together.

The Hebocon will take place on Sunday, 11.9.2022, 14:00-16:00 at the Keplergebäude.