Rube Goldberg (1883-1970) was a Pulitzer-Prize-winning cartoonist known for his comical chain reaction “invention cartoons.” (For an entertaining example, check out the two videos in the sidebar). You can learn more about Rube Goldberg and his ideas at

This year, the Tech-Prize Esports competition will ask competitors to participate in a new competition that encourages them to use Minecraft (any version) to come up with complicated machinery that accomplishes very little but in a humorous way. This is the first year that Tech-Prize and Gateway Technical College is bringing this competition. You can learn more about Gateway at

Throughout this competition, teams will compete by imagining, designing, and building machines using the capabilities of Minecraft. We seek competitors of all ages to string together a series of designs to create a zany chain-reaction Rube Goldberg Machine and take away a great scholarship to Gateway College!

Tech-Prize and Gateway Technical College will provide free registration to enable as many competitors as possible to participate. The competition will work in 2 stages.

Stage 1: Design & Construction will happen remotely with competitors using their own software and computers to build their machines.

Stage 2: Top Submissions Presentation – Submissions will be reviewed and judged selecting the top 10 submissions to present their machines at Gateway college during the Tech-Prize competition at Party on the Pavement.  The final competition will be live and streamed via Facebook Live.

Bring your best creative Minecraft ideas and compete for cash & scholarship prizes. Tech-Prize offers an opportunity to build your own amazing Minecraft based Rube Goldberg Machine.

Simply record your Minecraft-based Rube Goldberg machine and submit it to participate in our annual event. Top participants walk away with scholarships to Gateway Technical College.

Note: This contest is not associated with Rube Goldberg, Inc.

Registration is open from now until 8/31/22!