Beakerhead – Call for Inventions


You are ingenious and everyone should know it! Calling all inventors and tinkerers of all ages from across the west who create delightful contraptions and innovations in their spare time. Why keep them in your garage, backyard or basement when they can be on display during Beakerhead?

Beakerhead brings together art and engineering from across the city, province, country and world to build, compete and exhibit interactive works of art, spectacle and entertainment during an annual week-long smash up of art, science and engineering each fall. Everyone is welcome to this spectacle of unusual proportion, with student contests, mechanical sculptures, robotic music shows, classrooms of creators, interactive street art, feats of creativity and engineering, larger-than-life theatre and performances – all in five days and most events are free! Don’t only book your calendars for **September 10 to 14, 2014** to take part in the citywide festivities, but be a part of a program called Built in Your Backyard!

How does Built In Your Backyard work?

Built In Your Backyard is reaching out to communities across western Canada to find and involve amateur inventors and designers of all ages to bring their contraptions and inventions to an international audience during Beakerhead from September 10 to 14, 2014.

Interested in sharing your clever creation during Beakerhead?  Send a photo of your project and short description to Claudia Bustos via  No such thing as silly questions, so you can email those over as well.  Beakerhead is excited to see how you have used your creative and technical skills together!  Deadline for submission is **Monday, August 4 by 5:30 pm**. You will hear by Friday, August 8, 2014, if there is a good fit for your creation at Beakerhead 2014.

Image Caption: Crossfields, Alberta welder Phil Allen, with this creation, Patronus a 9.5-foot robot created as a labour of love and ingenuity from various bits of scrap metal. Photo by Kelly Hofer.

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