Introducing... Kano Challenges
It's nearly a month since we started shipping Kano – we hope it's everything you wanted and more.
Now, the real fun starts – make stuff, earn eternal glory. Get ready for Kano Challenges.
Your first challenge is...
Trick out your Kano!
Make your Kano stand out from the crowd. We want to see you get personal – decorative and dynamic. Just because we're coding magic, doesn't mean we should forget the physical...
So far, we've seen sticker designs, Lego carry cases, cardboard box mods, and more. Need some inspiration? Check it out:
When you're done decorating, click here to submit photos and video – even a simple sticker design can win the crown. You'll be in the running for not only a Kano t-shirt, but eternal glory on our blog and Kano World.
Want a hand?
A few sweet projects to get started.
- Jazz up your desktop by changing your wallpaper, modifying your profile or making magic on the command line.
- Take a break from typing and make your Kano unique by making your own case cards. There are some exclusive Kano designs that you can print off – or create your own! (Extra points for 3D-printing.)
- There’s a handy tutorial on Kano World to help you complete this week’s challenge, as well as this awesome how-to video! We want you guys to go nuts - knit your Kano a fluffy case, fill the command line with ASCII art, paint the town orange!
Last week’s winners
Last week, we asked you to set up your kit and send us a video or photo of the moment of creation. Out of all the extraordinary submissions, our favorite came from 4-year-old Emily and 5-month-old William:
Congratulations!! You dynamite duo have a 3D Judoka flying its way to you! Help these kids feel awesome and share their video!
And here are some of the brilliant runners up - Twin Kanos for Twin Kids, one smart and proud Kano player and a wicked Kano ninja! Exclusive Kano stickers are coming your way!
Keeping it simple
We’re getting some great feedback on how you’re using the platform and we’ll keep highlighting new features and projects created by the community. But first:
- Help.Kano.me -- your first port of call if you're having any trouble.
- Talk.Kano.me -- share and talk with other Kano users.
- Check out the Leader Boards on Kano World to see who's leading the global making tribe. Are you climbing the boards – or just chilling in obscurity?
Things you might like…
This week, the Internet celebrated Ada Lovelace Day. Ada was the daughter of Lord Byron, and in the 19th-century, laid the foundations of computer programming – an art she called "the poetical science."
Speaking of wonderful humans with two X chromosomes, our new film, HOW TO MAKE A COMPUTER, features Imani, an 8-year-old London computer maker. She breaks stereotypes and builds sweet things. Have a moment? Click here to help us spread it!
The Kano software team kicked off Ada's day with a workshop at Streatham and Clapham Girls School in London!
Have an idea for what you'd like to do next with your computer? Tell us!
Wherever you are, and whatever you know – the next big idea is up for grabs. Make, play, change the rules... You built and coded your own computer, so we think you've got a decent head-start. We're here to help.