Can you stand up to this tech trivia challenge? - Embedded.com

Can you stand up to this tech trivia challenge?

Think you know your tech history? Quick! Without searching, answer these:

  • Who was the only US president to be issued a patent?
  • What candy bar helped bring about consumer microwave ovens?
  • What does the acronym NASA stand for?

Come with friends or make new ones as teams will compete in this trivia challenge. Wrong answers will be heckled; team wins will be cheered; and prizes will go to the champions in this all-for-fun tech trivia session at ESC Minneapolis on Thursday, November 5, 2015, from 1:30-2:15pm.

Here’s the quick breakdown:

  • Teams can be 2-5 people (All by your lonesome? No worries, we’ll introduce you to someone and get you on a team.)
  • Ranging from easy to hard, questions will be asked by myself and flashed up on screen.
  • Each team will have a paddle that I’ll provide; raise it to answer the question.
  • Each correct answer will score your team 5 points.
  • The team with the most points at the end wins.


Tell them what they’ll win, Vanna …

The good folks at Modular Robotics have offered up some goodies:

Each member of the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place teams will go home with a Modular Robotics Cubelets or MOSS 100% organic cotton tee from American Apparel—super soft and retailing at around $30.

In addition to the shirts, the winning team will walk away with a Cubelets Six robotics kit … that is if I don’t “forget it at home” so I can enjoy it myself. You decide who on your team gets to keep this little wonder.

Cubelets robotic blocks create simple mobile and reactive robots that click together with magnets and provide intuitions about the behavior of complex systems. The kit retails at about $160 and is ridiculously fun. You’ll want this on your desk next time you’re stuck on a conference call or at home to wind down with.

Watch this video on Cubelets and keep an eye out for the former US President in the background. He’s an answer to one of the trivia questions!



Get ahead of the competition

Immediate bonus points if you come with team spirit:

  • Matching team shirts (think fun themes – all Hawaiian shirts, all bowling shirts, etc –  no corporate, please) – 10 point bonus
  • Fun team name – 3 point bonus
  • LED attention grabbing device – 20 bonus points

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