Play Tic Tac Woah in McCarren Park, thanks to Red Bull Creation (video)

The Red Bull Creation competition lands in Williamsburg's McCarren Park for the Northside Festival June 13–16. Watch six teams building a musical instrument, and try two inventions that earned spots in the finals.

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North Street Lab's Tic Tac Woah

North Street Lab's Tic Tac Woah


We'll wager you're heading to Williamsburg and its environs at some point over the next four days for the sprawling, awesome Northside music festival (northsidefestival.com). While you're there, we recommend slouching over to McCarren Park to check out Red Bull Creation (part of Northside's NExT innovation expo), a build-off among six teams of four people who are very good with technology and their hands.

How good? To book their place in this contest, two of the teams cobbled together an illuminated, flying cluster of balloons called 99 (Red Bull)oons (we do love a good pun) and the RainbowTron that acts as a colorful, touch-sensitive beat machine.

Each of these teams have been challenged to hack together some kind of mind-blowing musical instrument by Saturday night, with a judged grand prize of $10,000 up for grabs. The live build in McCarren Park will be open to the public on Thursday and Friday (8am–11pm), while the final days (Sat 8am–8pm, Sun 3–8pm) will only be accessible to ticket holders for Saturday's concert with headliners The Walkmen and Sunday's Solange show. Good news for Solange ticket holders: The six creations will be available to play with. Let's jam and make some beautiful sounds together—we'll bring the bongos.

For everyone else, you can try two of the inventions that earned teams a place in the finals. The first is Tic Tac Woah by North Street Labs (northstreetlabs.org).


Just don't be that person that always starts with the center. Ruins it for everybody.

Then there's the Sky Striker by Skullduggery Systems, a neon, blow-up version of the fairground test-your-strength games.

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