Tuesday, September 02, 2008

Design the Perfect Gadget Contest


Design the perfect gadget for a girl spy or detective.


It must be completely original.
It must be useful.
It must blend in with the contents of an average purse/backpack.
It must be something a girl could use without attracting any suspicion.


Your entries may consist of a written description, blueprints, pictures, drawings, or any combination of the above. They will not be judged based on writing or drawing skills--but rather on the creativity displayed.

Everyone, including former winners, is welcome to enter.

All entries should be sent to kikistrike@gmail.com.


Entries are due by 11:59PM, EST, September 30.


You'll know soon enough.


The idea for this contest came from one of our readers. (Thanks, Macy!) It's in honor of the late, great Julia Child.


Anonymous Michele said...

Yay! I am sooo gonna enter. My scanner is broken though. :/
And I gotta think of a gadget. Well, i have one...but it's not very good.

5:19 PM  
Blogger Kiki Strike: Inside the Shadow City said...

Wiponygirl and Everyone Else: Enter by sending entries to kikistrike@gmail.com

5:36 PM  
Blogger Brooke said...

OOH!! I can't wait!

5:41 PM  
Anonymous Patsee said...

This is going to be fun.

Can't there be some sort of (consolation xD) prize for the best-drawn?

6:25 PM  
Blogger missterious said...

yay! i'm good at that kind of thing!

hey, have you seen this?

6:52 PM  
Anonymous eternal espionage said...

uuuuuugh! I'm soooo gonna lose if it has anything to do with drawing ability!
I am AWFUL!!!!!!!!!
BUT! I have an amazing idea! Can we enter more than one object?

7:07 PM  
Blogger Kiki Strike: Inside the Shadow City said...

Eternal Espionage: Don't worry--drawing skills are not critical. Just make your description good! And you can enter as many times as you want.

7:16 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Can we send in more then one gadget?

7:22 PM  
Blogger International Mastermind said...

Oohh...this sounds awesome! Oh my gosh....Julia Child was amazing! It just makes you wonder...

7:57 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I REPEAT: Can we send in More THan ONE gadGet

8:13 PM  
Anonymous foofoo said...

Ok! I sent mine. Or atleast it's sending right now!

9:30 PM  
Anonymous foofoo said...

Ok! I sent mine. Or atleast it's sending right now!

9:30 PM  
Blogger Foofoo ._. said...

waah. It's not sending. I'll try through the FFMG email. Is that okay?

9:43 PM  
Blogger Kiki Strike: Inside the Shadow City said...

Anonymous: as I said above, send as many as you like.

9:51 PM  
Anonymous Foofoo said...

I don't know why, but i'm not able to send mine. I'll try tomorrow.

we can send more than one? ok.

9:53 PM  
Blogger mei said...

AAAAH! I'm sooo excited!! *happy dance* Ok, as soon as I'm done with the computer I'm going to think and design my gadget. I'm not going to be late this time!! Eeep. Giddiness.

9:54 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

does it have to be something that could really be made

10:16 PM  
Blogger Kiki Strike: Inside the Shadow City said...

Anonymous: To a certain extent. It can't use magic or alien technology or anything like that.

10:37 PM  
Blogger Kitty said...

I think I'll manage... My scanner's broken too Michele... Can we take pictures of the gadget? I'll try to enter, I'm not that good at these kind of things... ^^'

12:38 AM  
Blogger sakura said...

I don't think that I have a scanner where I am now. Can you give me an address?

PS- can we send in our entries from another cournty?

3:43 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

i look forward to coming with an entry for this competition! hoorah!


6:09 AM  
Blogger Irregular Kiki said...

This competition is so interesting! I love inventing things!

7:50 AM  
Anonymous nellie said...

Yaaaaaaay!! But since I'm simply terribly dreadful at drawing, I'm going to send in a written description.

9:28 AM  
Anonymous Hazel said...

Please, Amazon! Send the cable so we can set up the scanner!!!!

9:34 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey, Ananka?
Is the inspire-er of said contest banned from entering?

10:29 AM  
Blogger Kiki Strike: Inside the Shadow City said...

Dante's Inferno: Absolutely not!! Enter away!! And thanks again, it was a fabulous idea.

10:58 AM  
Blogger Jin Ai said...

gahhh I'm so bad at this kind of contest >.<
oh well. It'll be fun trying.

11:05 AM  
Anonymous Hazel said...

I've asked my mother some questions about electricity and stuff. (What the heck is a watt anyway? Would something like this interrupt the circuit?) Is that allowed? Please!

12:39 PM  
Anonymous sekrit7 said...

I'm on it!
When's it due?

6:04 PM  
Blogger Kay said...

YAY! Finally time to break in my teenager action-hero gagdget making skills!

6:43 PM  
Anonymous Spiffy said...

Will there be special prize winners and finalists again?
Is there a written address we can send it to?

6:53 PM  
Blogger Kay said...

By the way, do we send seperate entries as different e-mails? Sorry I did not ask this in my original post, but I didn't think of it just then!

-by the way, this is Lena on a different account.

7:05 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

but how will we know if the gadget hasn't been invented yet?

9:39 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wait - that's less than a month, Kirsten. I don't know about everyone else, but I've got a ton of school work already. Can we have just a little bit more time in order to let our creative juices flow to their fullest extent? Please? I just don't think that will be enough time.

9:54 PM  
Blogger Kiki Strike: Inside the Shadow City said...

Anonymous: Let's see how we feel when the time comes, ok? If we need an extension, we can talk about it then.

9:56 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ok, I just need to know this: is dragon's apple wart remover bad for a person in any way (other then that it makes you act drunk)? does it have alchohol or anything harmful?

12:36 AM  
Anonymous Kaitlin(Kad) said...

I have a gadget idea...sort of.
I am not sure it will turn out well. and I might not submit it. but I will try my best. I cant wait to see what the prize is for the contest.

12:51 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

ananka, how about my question?
"but how will we know if the gadget hasn't been invented yet?"

1:56 AM  
Blogger Irregular Kiki said...

I'm still thinking about what to design.
Good luck to every one!

6:19 AM  
Blogger Random Irregular said...

Hoorah! Moer than ONE entry. Hmm, better start brainstorming now...

6:20 AM  
Anonymous j_for said...

I have a bunch of ideas, should I squeeze them all into one device? Or keep them separate single purpose devices?

11:15 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

can more than one person work on the same gadget? like in a group?

7:36 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

can you make the gadget, or at least a model of it? If the answer is yes please answer with an address!

9:37 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

This will be awsome!!! Im probaly going to do it with my friend. It will be interesting to see all the cool inventions people come up with.

9:43 PM  
Blogger sakura said...

let's forget about what I said before, because it doesn't matter anymore. But I have a question....

Can the gadget be the actual purse?

11:53 PM  
Blogger Kiki Strike: Inside the Shadow City said...

Let's see if I can answer all the questions . . .

1. Entries are currently due on September 30.

2. Devil's Apple does not contain alcohol. But I'm not sure if it's all that good for the brain cells.

3. Yes, you can make the gadget and take pictures of it.

4. I will post an address where entries can be sent.

5. Squeeze as many or as few ideas into one gadget as you want. But remember! It has to be (somewhat) believable.

6. Don't worry too much about whether the gadget's already been invented. Just don't copy anything you've already seen.

7. Yes, the gadget can be the purse. (Cool idea.)

8. I think it's best if everyone works individually. Groups might make the contest more complicated.


9:51 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

ah. thank you. :D

10:23 PM  
Anonymous Phoenix said...

Cool - now I just have to attempt drawing!

4:32 PM  
Anonymous max said...

unfortunately, my scanner is broken...

6:43 PM  
Anonymous Hazel said...

Devil's Apple is a narcotic, right?

8:49 AM  
Anonymous carmela said...

Uh, Kirsten? I think I agree with Anonymous(6). I'll need some more time because I have a lot of school work already. Extension please?

6:36 PM  
Blogger Kiki Strike: Inside the Shadow City said...

Everyone: What do you guys think would be a good extension? October 15? October 31?

1:59 PM  
Anonymous carmela said...

I think October 15's long enough. Thanks!

1:53 AM  
Blogger liltomboyblue11;) said...

hmm..... glad you made the extension. This will be hard.

10:15 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

this is awesome, I'm so going to enter. I love a good competition.

11:47 AM  
Blogger wazzupgirly! said...

can i say mine now juss for fun ( i know its overdo but i wanna do it for FUN!)

6:55 PM  
Anonymous Alisha said...

Omg How many of you girls or even guys are excited. Also dont you get goosebumps reading the book????

11:55 PM  

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