Rubik’s Rumble on Sat. November 7th!

September 21 2015


When Erno Rubik invented his eponymous cube puzzle in 1974, it took him a full month to solve it after scrambling it up. When some of the world’s most accomplished “speedcubers” descend on Hayward City Hall on November 7, the best will complete the 3×3 square cube in less than 10 seconds.

The 2015 “Rubik’s Rumble” is a free, family-friendly event with elements of breakneck competition, community-generated art and a healthy dose of education, all centered on the bestselling toy of all time: the colorful and perplexing Rubik’s Cube.

“There’s something magical about the Rubik’s Cube,” said Frank Holland, spokesperson for the City of Hayward. “It’s approachable and yet incomprehensible at the same time. Even though most people can’t solve it, there’s hardly anyone who hasn’t picked one up and given it a try.”

The Rumble, sanctioned by the World Cube Association (WCA), will feature a heated speed-solving competition in which speedcubers – most of them high school and college students – battle to complete the puzzle as quickly as possible. Some will do so using only one hand, others while blindfolded. Meanwhile, in the light-filled City Hall rotunda, internationally recognized Hayward artist Pete Fecteau will spend the day directing the production of a 1,000-cube mosaic mural, assembled cube-by-cube with help from event attendees and competitors. Event organizers will also provide a short Q&A session for novices eager to learn the secret to solving the cube while blindfolded.

“We’re excited to bring the 2015 Rubik’s Rumble to Hayward,” said Holland. “Every aspect of the event is jaw dropping, from the almost impossibly fast competitors to Pete Fecteau’s award-winning artwork. The educational angle can’t be overstated either; we hope to see a good turnout among young people from Hayward and beyond with an interest in math or puzzles.”

The event will begin at 10:00 a.m. at Hayward City Hall, with the Farmer’s Market running simultaneously right outside. Competition heats and the assembly of Fecteau’s Cube mural will take place throughout the day, leading to the finals at 4:30 p.m. in the Council Chambers. The finals will also be televised on KHRT Channel 15 for those unable to attend in person.


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