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The Einstein Mad Hat Awards 2023

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September 13, 2023

To celebrate the recent discovery of the Hat and Spectre tiles, which tessellate the plane but only in a non-repeating way, the National Museum of Mathematics and the United Kingdom Mathematics Trust are pleased to announce The Einstein Mad Hat Awards, for renditions of the Hat and Spectre tiles.

Submissions highlighting the connections between mathematics, art, design, and catering are encouraged.  There are two competitions offering $20,000 in total awards to be distributed.

The Scholastic Einstein Mad Hat Award: This competition will award a scholarship to one winner who is currently enrolled in high school, secondary school, or the equivalent.  The scholarship will be applied towards tuition at an accredited college or university.

The Global Einstein Mad Hat Award: This competition will award a cash prize to one adult winner.  The adult winner must be 18 years of age or older and must not be enrolled in high school, secondary school, or the equivalent.

Entries might include:

  • Useful things
  • Useless things
  • Physical creations
  • Non-physical designs
  • Drawings
  • Fiber arts
  • Baked goods
  • Actual hats
  • Soccer balls
  • Ceramic tiles

Additional Competition Rules

An individual can apply to only one of the two contests.  Your responses to the submission form will determine the Contest for which your entry will be considered.

No more than two students per school may submit entries to the Scholastic Competition; please be sure to coordinate with your school administration to avoid the disqualification of any entries.

All judges’ decisions are final and are not subject to appeal.

Prizes and Recognition

The winner of the Scholastic Competition, plus one parent or guardian, and the winner of the Global Competition will be invited to attend an award ceremony in a very prestigious London location (soon to be revealed!) in December 2023, with paid travel and lodging expenses.

The submission deadline is October 15, 2023 at 11:59 pm ET.

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