Remember all those news stories about how schools were installing "Dance Dance Revolution" machines in their rec rooms because it got their students exercising? Or blog entries about a guy who lost a bunch of weight playing WII sports? Here’s a new competition to come up with the next DDR that gets kids butts in gear.
The non-profit group HopeLab is sponsoring an online contest for the best idea to get young people ages 11-14 exercising using technology:
Ruckus Nation challenges you to imagine a new product for kids that’s
fun and cool enough to make them want to get up and move around. HopeLab,
the nonprofit organization sponsoring Ruckus Nation, will support the
development, testing and distribution of products based on the best
ideas. You read that right – your idea could become a real product that
gets kids moving. In addition, we’re offering great prizes for the best ideas… The competition is open to people of all ages,
shapes, sizes and colors. Whether you’re a college student in Cape
Town, a soccer coach in Savannah, a grandparent in Guntur, an engineer
in Nanjing, or a kid in Ketchikan, we’re betting you have a product
idea that could make a difference.
I think the guy who connected a treadmill to the Second Life interface should definitely enter.
Read the competition rules for details on entering. Deadline for entries is November 20, 2007.