Contest FantàsTIC2015


After CASTIC2012, the L’altra ràdio of Ràdio 4 and La Mandarina de Newton, with the support of the Catalan Society of Sci-Fi & Fantasy announce a new contest, FantàsTIC2015.

FantàsTIC2015 is a competition of science-fiction micro-stories related with Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) and with three main objectives: to encourage creative writing; imagine the future use of Internet and ICTs among citizens and schools in Catalonia; encourage artistic creation and the critic view of the language and to encourage radiophonic creation, with the production of short stories as a result of the adaptation of the winners’ texts.

This contest is open to groups of students from primary and secondary schools in Catalonia and to all citizens from the age of 16, individually or in groups.

The works should be a short science fiction story in Catalan which plot includes any device or usage related with ICTs.

There are diferente categories and the participant’s texts must be submitted before May 10, 2015! 

<< You can read the contest guidelines at the FantàsTIC2015 webpage. >>

And of course, there are FantàsTIC prizes for each category!!

Following the contest, La Mandarina de Newton will propose several co-creation online projects inspired by the winner texts and open to all internet users. We propose the co-creation of new stories inspired from the first sentence of the three winning stories (one per category). The initiative called “FantasTIC continues…” will result in new “nano stories” (even shorter than the first ones) inspired by the winning stories and that are created from the participation of several people. Making the stories evolve in parallel and across different platforms, will result in a variety of rich and interesting stories.

Additionally, and outside the competition, the L’altra ràdio will freely organise a radio workshop with the young people, at the La Mandarina de Newton space. The aim is to make a radio adaptation of one of the works of the science fiction writer, Jordi de Manuel, and broadcast it together with the three winning FantàsTIC2015 entries.


The winners are...

It has been very hard to choose the best videos. The audiovisual quality, ingenuity, creativity, good intention, clarity and originality of the submitted pieces is very high. The Science of the City website has received almost 9,000 visits. Over 1,000 people voted for their favorite video. The Tech Virtual website and the Science of the City platforms have collected nearly 100 commments and Twitter has tweet a lot congratulating all the participants. However, the day when we get to know what videos were selected by both the public and the jury has arrived!

The awards

Best video overall (600$)

It’s why you don’t tip over and break your neck
by youraentbenjamin

Best video in English (300$)

White-topped buildings, who loves the sun? by Anna Cabré

Best video in Spanish (300$)

La asombrosa composición del átomo by Núria Jar

Best video in category: a question (150$)

City Sounds- A new source of energy? by Emily DeHority

Best video in category: an experiment (150$)

Science of the Playground by ScienceAtThePark

Best video in category: a discovery (150$)

Rozar y calentar – Rub then heat by Albert Mundet

The most voted video (150$)

La Luna en Montjuïc
by Rubén Permuy and Inés Navarro

We would love to give many more prizes and we would like to congratulate bluntpencilprod for her counting cars experiment, Arthur Carcavilla for the four videos he made ​​with the help of his students, Armine I. Dingilian for asking herself how does corn pop, Punt TIC Joves, Emily Ramos for her explanation, the group of young people in Brooklyn who have been watching their streets with a critical view and they have shown us why streets have potholes, Nuria Sala and Martí Badal, Manuel Diaz Escalera, the Universidad de los Niños and Daniel Laguna’s students. In conclusion, many thanks to all the participants and thanks for all the excitement you have shown to us!

However, the contest is not finish yet! The deadline for submitting videos in French will be open until July 19th. These days the Paris Academy of Science is running workshops to show how to do science videos in the city of Paris. Do not miss the delivery of the best video in French prize at the Paris-Montagne Science Festival in Paris.


Looking for topics for "Science of the City"?

Astronomical Observatory. New Delhi, India.

Astronomical Observatory. New Delhi, India.

¿Do you want to participate in the international video contest “Science of the City” but you can not find the inspiration? Do not worry! Here there are 72 ideas to look for science, mathematics or technology in your city … You can use any of our proposals, or you can keep looking for new ideas … There are millions of possibilities, just go out and start looking at the city with critical eyes, curiosity and willing to search for science phenomena!

Our suggestions:

  1. Traffic lights and other light sources
  2. Mirrors, windows and other optical phenomena
  3. How to find or create a rainbow in the city?
  4. Mirages on cities streets
  5. The first and  third Newton’s law (the law of inertia and the law of action and reaction) in cities
  6. The conservation of angular momentum and bicycles
  7. Physics at the parks (swings, the law of the lever, etc.)
  8. Experimenting like Galileo (release of different objects through a window, inclined planes …)
  9. The chemistry of foods (acidic or  basic food)
  10. How much sugar is in a can of soda?
  11. Why Guinness bubbles fall down instead of up?
  12. Can you design an electric battery with ingredients bought in a market (lemons, potatoes …)?
  13. How do paper airplanes fly?
  14. Explain the physics of skateboarding
  15. What is the physics of parkour?
  16. Why when we go to the theater or any other entertainment we see dancers or ice skaters putting their arms close to their body when they spin faster?
  17. Animals that live within the city
  18. Plants that grow within the city
  19. Analyze an onion’s cells or any other plant’s cell that you buy at the market
  20. What happens to food when it is too mature?
  21. Why are plants green within cities?
  22. Why do we have gas after eating different foods?
  23. Find fossils in your city
  24. Astronomy in your city
  25. Solar panels in your city
  26. What is wind? Do you live in a city with a lot of wind?
  27. How do bridges stand?
  28. How can water arrive to a third floor?
  29. Why is the sky less blue  in more polluted cities?
  30. Why it rains?
  31. How does a windmill work?
  32. How does the Wii Remote you have at home work?
  33. Why people use lenses?
  34. Do you know how they make films in 3D? Can you generate a 3D images?
  35. What is a hologram? Are there holograms in cities? And in credit cards?
  36. How do the price readers of supermarket work?
  37. What happens when you send an email?
  38. Why can we talk with cell phones?
  39. How do electric cars work?
  40. Science in the clothes: Electrical fabric, absorbent tissue, etc.
  41. Is there any science in diapers?
  42. Nanotechnology in the stained glass windows of churches
  43. Butterflies and nanotechnology
  44. Discover the laws of thermodynamics on a terrace of a bar or a coffee place
  45. Genetics and your family
  46. Kinematics and transport (how long does it take to get from one place to another if you travel at a certain speed?)
  47. Science, sound and the instruments played in cities
  48. How many decibels can you hear in a city? Check it out!
  49. The pressure and high heels
  50. Waves in the city
  51. The Venturi Effect and trains, perfumes, plastic bags at the supermarket or shower curtains
  52. Oil and water, why they do not mix?
  53. Density & Beverages
  54. Parts of the plants we eat and other curiosities that are in a market
  55. What type of rocks can you find in cities (sedimentary, metamorphic or magmatic)?
  56. Rocks react to hydrochloric acid in our cities? What does this mean?
  57. Why do we sleep?
  58. What is a micro-chip? Where can we find one?
  59. Is there geology in a pencil ?
  60. Laws of optics and cameras
  61. How does the engine of cars or motorcycles that are in cities work?
  62. Relativity and GPS
  63. Why dogs urinate as they do?
  64. Why do polystyrene cups keep the coffe hot?
  65. Electrical appliances at home
  66. The transmission of heat in the cities (double glass, …)
  67. Spring and plants
  68. Friction in the streets (what happens in some crossings related friction? And when it snows?)
  69. How does a bell work?
  70. Electric cards to celebrate an anniversary
  71. The geometry and the papers that cover chocolates
  72. Find the number pi in traffic signals

You have no excuse … Science is around us!

Remember that the best videos will have a prize! Good luck!

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The “Science of the City” video contest starts today!!

Today officially starts the “Science of the City Video Contest“.  You can find more information at The Tech Virtual new website.

Look at your city with a different perspective. This time, instead  of searching for shops, streets and restaurants, look for scientific finding: snails, fossils, LED, chemical reactions, etc.  Think about a scientific experiment and test it in your city: Newton’s laws, fluids laws, chemistry laws… Or make yourself a question! These are the three categories of this video contest:

Once you have chosen a topic, you can make observations, wonder, get information, run an experiment, use your imagination or ask us. Finally, you can create a 2 minutes video and upload it to “Science of the City“. You can win one of the 7 prizes offered!

We will build an exhibition with the better and most voted videos and with the tags you use.  Do not hesitate and enjoy the experience of creating a different, freak, creative, imaginative, funny video. You can be part of a collective scientific exhibition!

The contest starts now and it will last three months. We will announce regular meetings to co-create the most scientific and original videos ever seen!!

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