Show what you make
share what you learn

The Nerdy Derby is a no-rules* miniature car building and racing competition. With a larger, undulating track and no restrictions on the size of the cars or materials participants can use, the Nerdy Derby rewards creativity, cleverness and ingenuity.

Nerdy Derby began as a NYU Interactive Telecommunications Program student project for the 2012 World Maker Faire, held at the New York Hall of Science in Queens. The idea quickly took off — hackerspaces and tech collectives around the world started hosting the Nerdy Derby at various events and festivals. In 2013 we officially returned to the World Maker Faire New York through the generous sponorship of Kix Cereal.

As we grow, we hope to partner with schools, musuems and other community organizations to foster the next generation of designers. Our goal is to engage children and adults alike in educational, interactive and fun design experiences through problem-solving and collaborative challenges. We encourage Nerdy Derby participants and the community-at-large to "show what you make, share what you learn." Therefore, we're making the plans for the track available upon request for anyone interested in holding a Nerdy Derby event. Please send an email to for more information.

*While there are technically no rules for the competition, we ask that participants exercise common sense when it comes to safety.

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