Design A Mystery Box, Win an Engraved iPod Touch

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mystery-boxmystery-boxToday the GeekDad Blog and Epilog Laser are announcing the launch of the Mystery Box Challenge inspired by J. J. Abrams’ Mystery Box TED Talk.

Abrams’ talk described a box containing an assortment of magic tricks he’d purchased from the Lou Tannen Magic Store as a kid. But Abrams never opened it — the love of the mysterious unknown exceeds any value the magic tricks could provide.

“It represents infinite possibility,” Abrams said in his talk. “It represents hope; it represents potential… mystery is the catalyst for imagination… maybe there are times where mystery is more important than knowledge.”

We want you to design your own mystery box, and the best one will receive a fabulous prize provided by Epilog Laser — an iPod Touch engraved with artwork you provide, or one of Epilog’s designs.

Here are the rules:

1. Design and build a box. It need not be an actual mystery box as described above. You can use any materials or method of construction!

2. One entry per person.

3. Email your photo and a brief story or description to with the subject line reading “Mystery Box.”

However, I also encourage you to repost your box on GeekDad’s Flickr pool.

4. Deadline: Midnight PST, September 30th, 2009 with the winner announced a few days later.

Good designing!

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