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· DT
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Enter your design for the world's first slot car race powered only by Twitter

We're looking for SlotForum members who think they'll be up for the challenge of designing a slotcar control system, that will use the power of Twitter, to race two cars on a Scalextric track.

There is an API available that must be used, but you must come up with the physical interface design.

There's a £150 RS Components spending spree up for grabs if your design is chosen.

The closing date for entries is 31st July and the launch of the public voting will be second week of August

On your marks...

Please email [email protected] for more details.



How it will work:

Once the system is built and the track is ready, a Facebook page will be launched accompanying the Twitter campaign.

The Facebook page will let people register with their Twitter handle and state which car they will be voting for (either Red or Blue for example).

Then each time a user Tweets the correct hashtag (either #RSRed or #RSBlue) the car will move automatically.

For one week the amount of tweets for each car will be recorded, and then on the final day of the campaign a live stream will run showing the cars moving depending on the amount of Tweets each has received in that week. And then for the remainder of the day people can continue to Tweet using the correct hashtags and the cars will move in real time.

Get involved for a bit of fun. Perhaps the slowest slot race of all time, but perhaps the race with the most amount of participants !

· DT
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Press release today:

RS Components Launches Twitter-Powered Scalextric Competition
By RS Components
Published: Monday, Aug. 27, 2012 - 12:10 am

CORBY, England, August 27, 2012 -- /PRNewswire/ --

RS and Scalextric prizes to be won on 31 August

RS Components (RS), the trading brand of Electrocomponents plc (LSE:ECM), the world's leading high service distributor of electronics and maintenance products, has launched a week-long Twitter competition with Scalextric to gather as many tweets as possible on its Twitter page @RSComponents. A live Twitter-powered Scalextric race will be held on 31 August and a number of prizes, including sets of Scalextric tracks, will be awarded to lucky individuals who take part in the race. Take part in the race:

The competition, which starts on 27th August, will involve two Scalextric cars racing around a track designed specifically for the race. The cars will move according to the number of votes that they receive, both in the week leading up to and on the live race day itself. Players must assign each tweet to the RS Twitter page with either #RSRedTeam or #RSBlueTeam to vote for the car that they want to win. The winning car will be the one that completes the most laps.

Following the race, RS will award a major prize to one lucky player who voted for the winning car. Scalextric will also be giving away ten London 2012 Veledrome sets for several lucky individuals who take part during the day.

The race track has been built by RS and Scalextric specifically for the race following a competition that challenged engineering bloggers for the best design. The competition was won by Thomas Speller, who was presented with £150 worth of RS goodies, after submitting his Arduino based design.

Guy Magrath, Global head of eCommerce at RS Components, commented: "This is a fantastic competition we have designed in partnership with Scalextric. With each car moving every time they get a vote on Twitter, and there being no limit to the amount of times that you can tweet, be sure to join RS on 31st August to guarantee that your favourite car wins and to be in with a chance of winning some great prizes!"
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