The Gadgeteer’s HP Magic Giveaway Contest

HP and Microsoft Windows Live have chosen The Gadgeteer along with 49 other great sites, to be part of their HP Magic Giveaway contest. Each site is giving away a huge prize package that includes 4 computers, a media receiver, a printer and software (detailed list below). Most people don’t need 4 computers, so the winner is heavily encouraged to share the magic with their family, friends or those less fortunate.

See all the entries so far.

Now it’s time to put your creativity cap on and enter our contest…

You knew that you were going to have to do a little work for my contest, right? Don’t worry though, it should be fun work…

How to enter – Read carefully

1. Create a completely original piece of gadget inspired techie artwork that includes the word gadgeteer somewhere in it in a clever way. The artwork can be a painting, a drawing, a sculpture, a carving, whatever you might consider to be art. The sky is the limit, but please be as creative as possible (Tip: Something made from physical objects is preferred over a photoshopped image).

2. Take one digital picture of your artwork. Make sure the image is at least 1024×768 resolution. Images smaller than 1024×768 will be disqualified.

3. Email your image to

4. In the subject line of the email type: HP Magic Giveaway

5. In the body of the email type a short description of your artwork. By short, I mean 10 sentences or less.

6. I will be putting all the entries up on my flickr stream, so you’ll all be able to enjoy them and see your competition.

Rules and Restrictions

1. This contest is open to anyone on the planet except for family and friends of myself and regular contributors to this site.

2. Enter as often as you like, but each entry must be a completely different piece of artwork.

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3. Email your entries to me by 12/08/08 Noon EST.

4. A winner will be chosen by me and announced sometime later in the day on 12/08/08.

Contest Tips

1. Be creative! Although you are free to create your artwork digitally, I’ll probably be more likely to choose something that has been created out of physical objects or done without the aid of a computer / photoshop.

2. Be really creative!

3. Impress me with your creativity!

The Prizes that you can win!


HP TouchSmart IQ816 PC
HP HDX 18 series Premium Notebook PC

HP MediaSmart Connect

HP Pavilion dv4 series Entertainment Notebook PC (with Windows Live)

HP Mini 1000 (with XP)


HP Photosmart C6380 Wireless AIO (printer)
HP 564 Photo Value Pak


Microsoft Windows Vista Ultimate/Home Premium or Microsoft Windows XP pre-installed on all units (Mini 1000 runs XP)
Microsoft Office Home and Student Edition 2007 (Student-Teacher Edition) – 1 DVD with 3 licenses

Microsoft Windows Live
Corel VideoStudio X2


Kung Fu Panda (2 widescreen DVDs; 1 widescreen Blu-ray disc)
Total value: >US$6000

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39 comments… add one
  • Kerry J December 2, 2008, 8:48 am

    Hi Julie,

    I am excited about entering this contest, but I have a few questions. Can I do the painting/design digitally? I have a Wacom Bamboo and don’t have any art supplies with me at the moment. And if I am allowed to do this digitally, would I have to print my image out and take a picture of it, or could I just send my artwork in?

    Thanks for the opportunity!

    • Kerry J.
  • Julie December 2, 2008, 8:56 am


    As long as your artwork is completely original, you can use any method that you like to create it. I just need a picture of it as your entry. If you create your artwork digitally, then just send me a .jpg.

  • Sushruta December 2, 2008, 10:59 am

    I’ve just sent my entry to you Julie.I hope you like it. 🙂

  • adacosta38 December 2, 2008, 12:48 pm

    Julie, do you mean 10 sentences or words?

  • Julie December 2, 2008, 1:26 pm


    Sentences… I just don’t want to read a novel ;o)

  • adacosta38 December 2, 2008, 3:26 pm

    Thanks Julie

    Sent off mine. Cross fingers, good luck everyone. 🙂

  • adacosta38 December 2, 2008, 4:26 pm

    Really lovely entries in so far.

  • Jeremiah Pena December 3, 2008, 8:44 am

    I’ve entered twice, one with the Gadgeteer Media player, and now a planet. Hope you like them!

  • Julie December 3, 2008, 9:49 am

    I just had to disqualify an entry because it wasn’t original.

    Please make sure all your artwork is completely original. Also, I really prefer non-digital artwork as an entry…

  • vance December 3, 2008, 7:55 pm

    So, the artist that you choose as the winner will for certain win this site’s prize package? It seems like a lot of prize money to give to 50 blogs.

    Or do you mean the art winner will advance to a drawing? …a “chance” to win the prize package?

  • Julie December 3, 2008, 9:36 pm


    The entry that I choose next Monday on 12/08 as my favorite, will win the $6000 prize package listed above.

  • jyaan December 4, 2008, 3:25 am

    I hope you like(d) mine. It was really fun to make, although it’s a totally different kind of art. If I’m lucky this won’t count against me! I would like instead for that to go towards originality. Mine is the one that came with a bonus PDF and another type of file so details would be more clear (I would just spell it out, but I don’t want to give away what I did =P). And it’s 100% original of course. 🙂

    [Edited at December 04, 2008 03:32:07 AM.]

  • Julie December 4, 2008, 6:43 am


    Creating a song is pretty cool. Music is a form of art, so you’re fine :o) Good luck!

  • Kevin C December 5, 2008, 11:50 am

    What about a short video? (Within Flickr video spec).

    If so i can upload it to my site and include link in email so you can download it to upload it (Sounds complicated i know lol)

  • Julie December 5, 2008, 12:02 pm


    Sorry, no videos. Just images. :o)

  • Kevin C December 5, 2008, 12:07 pm

    ok not a prob 🙂

  • Marc-Andre December 5, 2008, 11:44 pm

    Hello Julie,

    I have just sent you my entry.. Hope you like it.. It’s inspired by my source for entertainment over the years.


  • Gary Brill December 6, 2008, 9:06 pm

    I have sent the images, but i also sent a video link on youtube so you can get the full perspective because it is so large, i had a small area where i was doing it(had to take pic 4ft away from it) and my cameras wide angle..well, is nonexistant. Also sent a photoshopped version where I added the sides together to make it look similar to the actual piece. I hope you like it.

  • Sushruta December 7, 2008, 4:36 am

    You must be having a good time enjoying the enties Julie madam.There’s already some excellent entries as we can see. 🙂

  • Zoey Smith December 7, 2008, 8:24 am

    I am on pins and needles. Thanks for this great opportunity. I bet this is hard on you though.

  • Julie December 7, 2008, 8:45 am

    I love contests like these because I have so much fun everytime I check my email and see that someone has sent in another entry. It will be difficult to choose a winner tomorrow.

    Good luck to everyone!

  • sego December 7, 2008, 9:04 am

    Hi, I will be posting my entry tommorrow, before noon

    [Edited at December 07, 2008 09:31:06 AM.]

  • Gary Brill December 7, 2008, 10:45 am

    Hi julie, did you get my other couple entries?(I decided what the heck, might as well send in a few more since you said we could:D)

  • Julie December 7, 2008, 3:05 pm


    Yes, I’m getting ready to post the next batch. Was taking a nap, I’m sick today.

  • Gary Brill December 7, 2008, 7:26 pm

    Oh ok, well i hope you feel better soon. Also, the last entries i sent today are my last ones, i promiseXD Not only because im tired from today, but the fact that i cant enter tomorrow any more cuz ill be at school. Good luck to everyone entering the contest!

  • Kearnjo December 7, 2008, 7:59 pm

    I just sent mine in (a play on words picture) that i hope gets entered, when are you going to put the next pictures up?

  • Julie December 7, 2008, 8:20 pm


    All the entries are up that I’ve received so far (9:30pm EST). If you don’t see yours, please resend.

  • sego December 8, 2008, 4:50 am

    Hi, Julie, Have you watched “Independence Day” movie?
    -coz my submision will have elements from it!

    [Edited at December 08, 2008 09:43:08 AM.]

  • Julie December 8, 2008, 5:56 am


    Sounds cool as long as aliens don’t show up my house (or blow it up) :o)

  • Lloyd December 8, 2008, 6:03 am

    Hi Julie, was just wondering if the entry description is a huge part of the criteria? Because it just occurred to me that I had gone into the project knowing what I wanted to say but when I wrote up the email to send with the Artwork I changed talking points. (The Art thankfully stayed spot on)

    [Edited at December 08, 2008 06:26:27 AM.]

  • Julie December 8, 2008, 6:40 am


    No, the description is not going to be what causes me to pick or not pick an entry as a winner. All emphasis will be in the actual entry image and how much effort I feel that went into it, creativity, fun, cool factor, how the word gadgeteer was integrated, etc. etc.

  • Lloyd December 8, 2008, 6:47 am

    Thanks Julie,

    I hope you’re feeling better and we’re not working you too hard-there are a lot of nice entries vying for the top spot. I hope you enjoy judging all them later, take care.

  • sego December 8, 2008, 9:45 am

    Hi Julie, i have completed my artwork, it’s a big artwork and has intricate letters which will not be readable in camera shot, can i send a printer scan alongwidth with camera shots?..plz reply fast..coz time is running out 🙂

    also..time here is different Can i consider time stamp on this 2 hrs and 10 min are remaining for the contest to close?

    [Edited at December 08, 2008 10:25:30 AM.]

    [Edited at December 08, 2008 10:36:24 AM.]

  • Julie December 8, 2008, 10:11 am


    You can scan it if you like, no problem.

    I show that there is about 40mins left in to get entries in.

  • sego December 8, 2008, 10:48 am

    did u recieve it? its a comic, i have worked very hard for it.
    Sorry, for being slow, but i have just returned home from college after giving exam.

    my name is Jalaj Jain, its in the author of comic 😛

    [Edited at December 08, 2008 11:30:42 AM.]

  • Nikolas Harris December 8, 2008, 11:15 am

    woo, im so excited — can’t wait — good luck everyone!!!

    +Thanks Julie and HP 🙂

  • Julie December 8, 2008, 11:59 am


    Got it.

    All entries are in and the contest is now closed. I’ll be going through all of them and will be posting my cuts every couple of hours till we get down to the winner.

    Good Luck :o)

  • Lloyd December 8, 2008, 12:09 pm

    So exciting!

    [quote]I’ll be going through all of them and will be posting my cuts every couple of hours till we get down to the winner. [/quote]

    I love how you decided to go about judging the entries. It’s like watching the playoffs. Good luck everyone, and thanks to HP and the Gadgeteers for making this giveaway possible.

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