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@figshare T-shirt contest: Photobombing/Meme-ing

Ms. DNLee won the last t-shirt contest with this suggestion:

Meme: folks can share photos of them doing and/or sharing science, perhaps on their blog/tumblr/FB/twitter etc.


Photobomb: have folks print the figshare logo & place it in pictures of science &/or outreach action scenes.


So for this week’s contest I’ll give you all the option to do either of these two things, and I’m leaving everything open ended. If you elect to do the photobombing use the figshare logo¬†or my open science icon. And anyone is eligible for entry! I will select two winners, one from each category (photobombing, meme). The winner will be selected based on how awesome or funny your image is. Totally objective!! The contest ends Monday night at 11:59pm MST, because I want you to come up with some really awesome stuff! I know, I love you too.

How to submit:

Since my commenting system can handle image uploads we’ll host the photo gallery there and we’ll move it later. Or (and more preferably) you can upload the images to figshare (create an account and add a figure/media post) and tag the image “figshare photobomb”. If you use option 2, link your upload in the comments here so I can find it.

When using my comments you can log in via facebook, twitter, gmail, disqus, or with regular email. And if you care about social media you may want to log in via that so your awesome image can be shown to your followers.

With all that said, good luck to everyone! Remember sharing is caring!


#SciFund Challenge Contest

Today is the first day of Round 3 of the #Scifund Challenge! As you may or may not recall, I was a participant of the challenge and it was such a wonderful experience that I wanted to help the third round. After all, I’m SciFund for life!

To celebrate the #SciFund Challenge Round 3 I thought I’d host a contest in hopes of getting some projects funded. All you need to do is pick a project and promote it! Leave a comment below saying which project you are promoting and where you are promoting it (please stick to Facebook, Twitter, or Google+). I’m on each network so find me so I can follow your progress.

Twitter: @thescienceofant – tweet #SciFund and @mention me

Facebook: Anthony Salvagno – friend me so I can like your post

Google+: Anthony Salvagno – add me to your circle and I’ll create a circle for Scifund promotion

The winner is the person who has the most retweets, likes, shares, comments, etc. You can repromote your choice campaign as well (those won’t count as a retweet, etc, but any shares from your reshare count toward your total). The contest will end tomorrow night (11/13/2012) at 11:59pm.

The winner will receive a bad ass business card design from IheartAnthony (my graphic design company), and we’ll talk about options for that when you receive notice of your victory. But for now let’s go #SciFund!

@figshare T-shirt contest contest results

Thanks to everyone who submitted contest ideas! Your ideas were not only thoughtful, fun, and open science advocating, but they also gave me offshoot ideas for contests! Inspiration rocks!

Unfortunately I only have 3 shirts and am giving away 1 today so that I can give away two more in a future contest. Hopefully I can get my hands on some more open science swag to give away to all of you.

But with all that said here are the results honorable mentions first with the winner at the end:

Honorable Mentions

  • Raquel Verdejo – “Tweet a 140 character microstory about sharing science” In the age of twitter and social media, it’s really in the spirit to promote open science in as short and quick a way possible. This contest idea also gave me the idea to have an open science haiku contest! Creativity rules!!!
  • Piotr Migdal – “Get most views for a single document published today on figshare” Promoting people who publish open data/publications (since you can upload anything to figshare) is a phenomenal way to provide incentive to open scientists. And if someone gets a collaboration or a new discovery is made because of that promotion than hopefully we can all take the next step to full open access to science.
  • Per M Knudsen – “Convince n friends/colleagues to submit k works to figshare (must be new users). Then, ask them about their experience using figshare to prove participation (like a short testimonial, say 1 paragraph)” What better way to get scientists engaged in open science than by giving them free stuff!



Meme: folks can share photos of them doing and/or sharing science, perhaps on their blog/tumblr/FB/twitter etc.


Photobomb: have folks print the figshare logo & place it in pictures of science &/or outreach action scenes. Depending on how much management you want to do, feature pics on your site or have them submit to Flickr with special tag…


I liked this the best because I like creative options. That and having something science-y go global via a potential meme would be amazing. The majority of the world has very little understanding of what open science is and how regular science is different. Let’s change that! Plus I have an image that I would love to see spread around and become the face of the open science movement.

I’ll start a photobomb contest this Thursday and leave it open all weekend to give you all time to photobomb the world with open science. Can’t wait!

@figshare t-shirt contest contest

I have 3 t-shirts from figshare that I want to give away. The first one will be given away to the person who comes up with the best contest to give away the other two shirts. Be creative with your contest idea, but keep it related to sharing scientific information, open science, citizen science, etc.

It could be anything at all, I won’t be particular but I will probably weigh my decision on the merits of: impact, creativity, and hilarity (but not necessarily in that order). Also I can’t rule out just plain sucking up. But overall I would prefer ideas that get the scientific community engaged in sharing science. Also keeping it simple is a good rule of thumb, but I won’t stop anyone from suggesting people build a giant robot that shakes down scientists to put their data online (nor will I stop anyone from actually building said robot).

If this contest goes well, and the winning contest goes well then hopefully I can host more contests in the near future. With that said, let’s get it started! Suggestions go in the comments:

UPDATE: I forgot to mention when the deadline will be. Get your ideas submitted by Wednesday Nov 7 at 11:59pm mountain time (my time zone).

UPDATE 2: According to Mark, these t-shirts are limited edition, so you’ll definitely want one.