Seattle entrepreneur Hillel Cooperman loves Legos. So, each year, the founder of Jackson Fish Market gets excited for BrickCon, a 2-day event which showcases masterpieces made of the plastic building blocks. This year, however, Cooperman is doing something a bit different.
He plans to showcase a creation which has a bit of a high-tech twist.
Working with his 10-year-old son Sivan, Cooperman built a miniature arcade cabinet made entirely of Legos. Well, not entirely.
Instead of creating the monitor out of the building blocks, the Coopermans decided to insert an iPad. And, being the app geeks that they are, Cooperman and his son worked together to build a game to display on the monitor called Lila the Ladybug.
“Clearly this was an insane idea, but once we started there was no stopping us,” says Cooperman. The game is a combination of Centipede and Kaboom, with players guiding Lila on a path to eating leaves and mushrooms in order to earn points — all while avoding rain drops.
In addition to learning some design and app development skills, Sivan also may pick up some entrepreneurial talents as well since the game is now selling for 99 cents. I just downloaded Lila on my iPhone, getting wiped out by a few rain pellets along the way.
BrickCon is taking place this weekend at Seattle Center, and Team GeekWire will be in attendance chronicling some of the action.
Cooperman plans to have Lila the Ladybug on display, as well as two Lego projects that he built with his daughters.
Here’s the Lego creation that Cooperman built last year, dubbed Space Habitat Adams and described as a “neighborhood in space.”
This isn’t Jackson Fish Market’s first iPad app for kids, with the company also creating Hippo Hooray Letters, A Story Before Bed and other titles. But it does represent the first one developed by a 10-year-old.
Might be time to get Sivan on the payroll at the Seattle startup.