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Robot Uprising Design Contest

About The Contest


It's inevitable, isn't it? We just don't know when it's going to happen: The day in the future when we've created a superior life mechanical life form and they overthrow us and take over the WORLD!  Well... at least it could happen, and we've seen it play out in popular culture in so many ways over the years. Now we want YOU, talented artists of the internet, to show us your version of the great Robot Uprising! Celebrate our future robot overlords in any style or sensibility you think makes a frickin' AWESOME t-shirt design, and enter it into our competition - along with our pals at IGN, we are looking forward to seeing your creativity and appetite for destruction go hand in hand! You could win up to $1,500 for the grand prize, or one of our fantastic Judge's Pick prizes, AND have your tee available for purchase right here at! So hard-wire your brain for apocalyptic, robotic mayhem and get drawing... may the best soon-to-be-oppressed human win!


Chris Carle is the Entertainment Editorial Director and Editor-in-Chief at, where he has spent the last twelve years. Beginning at the company as a games journalist, Carle was quickly promoted to manage the Guides, Cheats and FAQs channels of the network. In 2005, he was promoted to manage all entertainment content on the IGN network.  He is the author of Street Fighter: The Complete History, and his work appears in various magazines internationally. You can follow Chris on Twitter at @chriscarle


Bonnie Burton writes about everything from Wookiees to mean girls. Her books include: The Star Wars Craft BookGirls Against Girls: Why We Are Mean to Each Other and How We Can Change, and Never Threaten To Eat Your Co-Workers: Best of Blogs. Her writing also appears in the comic books Womanthology and The Girls’ Guide to Guys’ Stuff, and in the magazines Wired, Star Wars Insider, Geek Monthly, Bust, and Craft. She currently has a monthly column in SFX Magazine. Bonnie hosts the craft show "Geek DIY" on Stan Lee's World of Heroes YouTube Channel where here guests have included Grant Imahara, Wil Wheaton and more; she also co-hosts the "Vaginal Fantasy" Book Club on Felicia Day's Geek & Sundry YouTube Channel. Find Bonnie Burton on Twitter at @bonniegrrl and on her site at

David Calkins and Simone Davalos are the organizers of RoboGames, inviting "the best minds from around the world to compete in over 50 different events: combat robots, fire-fighters, LEGO bots, hockey bots, walking humanoids, soccer bots, sumo bots, and even androids that do kung-fu."
David is a widely respected robot builder and expert; he has taught robotics and computer engineering at San Francisco State University and various grade schools, is the president of the Robotics Society of America, Founder of the international RoboGames (world's largest robot competition), and has lots of other pedantic titles that no one really cares about. He hosted the weekly TV show "Systm" for Revision3, where he tought people to make highly useful things like flamethrowers, lightsabers and beer-delivery robots. He's been featured in TV specials on Discovery, History, TechTV, and many other networks, including building a robot which explored the dungeons and sewers of Alcatraz.
Simone is a self taught roboticist and event promoter with ComBots LLC and The Robotics Society Of America. Her work centers on robotics education and the promotion of tomorrow’s engineers. Combots LLC seeks to provide an entertaining and educational experience in robotics and engineering for audiences of all ages. Their exhibitions, including The Combots Cup and Robogames, combine the excitement of extreme sports events with the solid foundation of engineering and art. Simone is the lead referee for robot combat events and enjoys making flame scultpures and robot bartenders in her spare time.
Upcoming events include BarBot 2013, March 1-2 in San Francisco; and RoboGames 2013 April 19-21 in Silicon Valley, CA. Check out, or follow the official Twitter account at @RoboGames.

How To Enter


-Submissions must be received by 11:59:59 PM (PST) on April 2, 2013.

-You may submit up to 5 entries per person

-All entries must be in one of the following file formats: GIF/PNG/JPG.

-Any designs which incorporate licensed characters that are not the original creation of the artist will not be considered for the competition.

-By entering the contest (”Promotion”), you indicate your full and unconditional agreement to, and acceptance of, (a) the Official Rules and (b) Mighty Fine’s (”Sponsor”) decisions, which are final and binding. Winning a prize is contingent upon fulfilling all requirements set forth herein.


FAQ - Full set of Rules > CLICK HERE

Q: The submission kit is not downloading.  I need help!
A: The submission kit might be just taking a bit to download.  The files in there are .PSD and a .PDF file.  In order to view the submission kit, you must have programs able to open / view these files. If you're still having troubles downloading it, please click here for a direct link to download!


Q: How many designs can I submit?
A: You may submit up to 5 entries per person


Q: What file format do you accept?
A: All entries must be in one of the following file formats: GIF/PNG/JPG


Q: Is it ok for me to promote my designs to people I know to come and help rate my designs?
A: We encourage every artist submitting to the contest to promote themselves and their designs to friends, family and followers.  Through our experience we have found that more ratings help determine what the fans really want as your winners!  So please promote yourselves!


Q: It’s been more than 2 business days and I don't see my design on the site.  What’s going on with my design?
A: We review every submission we get before they are made live for viewing and rating.  We sometimes reject designs for obvious reasons.  If you’ve done any of the following don’t even bother asking why your design was rejected.

- Your design has inappropriate materials.
- Your design uses other copy righted material.  This means you are using other people’s intellectual property in your design you do not have the right to.  NO MASH UPS!!!
- It’s not a design. A direct photograph or a scribble you just drew on a piece of paper is not considered a shirt design.


Q: I see people cheating.  What should I do?
A: Please email [email protected] detailing what you are suspecting.  More details you can give the better we can make our decision.


Q: I don't see my entry, but I got an approval.  Help!
A: Please email [email protected] with the Name of the Contest you're referring to / Design Name / Email and Name it was submitted under.  Doing this GREATLY helps as we have multiple contests going on at the same time.


Prize Info