Smart Cube Fest 2018 in Kyiv
Participants come from all corners of Ukraine, but also Belarus, Azerbaijan, India, and Russia
The Smart Cube Fest 2018 celebrates the Rubik’s Cube, an intellectual, problem-solving game that has baffled millions since its invention in 1974.
Participants competed to solve various puzzles the fastest, with the least moves and even one handed – including the classic 3 by 3 and 5 by 5 Rubik’s Cube as well as pyramids and other shapes. And if you think that’s difficult, there were also more advanced speed and blind contests.
“Participants are coming from all corners of Ukraine, but we also have a few guests from Belarus, Azerbaijan, we have one guy from India, and even one from Russia. So people come to represent many different countries,” Organizer Evheniy Myropolskiy said.
Yet, the Rubik’s Cube is not just for a cool party trick. These puzzles help people develop and train their memory and coordination.
“These brain teasers are great for everyone, for young and old. They help us think. To think better, find solutions to problems, solutions to difficult situations, and to show that anything is possible,” Myropolskiy said.
For some, the popular culture around the brain teaser has helped to build bonds that will last a lifetime.
“I found my friends here, I found my calling, I get to visit new cities and countries, and I get some experience from other people. Because a lot of people of different ages, races, and professions gathered to participate together,” Ukrainian Rubicks Cube 3 by 3 Champion Nikita Kovalchuk said.
Skill level is no obstacle for entering the competition – and for the winners, there are small prizes and national titles to be claimed.
The festival finishes on Sunday.