Hog Factor Returns for 2020

Every year, High End Systems gathers students, apprentices and other aspiring lighting professionals to put their Hog programming skills to the test and compete in the Hog Factor competition. Supported by WL, High End Systems has announced the latest instalment of the Hog Factor Europe competition is now open.






The company invites applications from students, apprentices and other aspiring lighting professionals under the age of 25, from across Europe, Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS), Africa and the Middle East.The 2020 finale at the Prolight + Sound trade show will see three teams pitted against each other to win the coveted Hog Factor Europe champion title and a trip to LDi Las Vegas 2020.






WL’s Product Manager Stuart Porter comments: “As the UK Master Dealer, we are delighted to be once again supporting Hog Factor, which offers a great opportunity for aspiring lighting professionals to put their programmer skills to the test. It also provides the chance to experience the Hog 4 first-hand and discover how user-friendly the platform is; hence the reason for its increasing popularity”.  






How do I enter?
You can enter individually or as a team of two people. Applications are welcome from people aged 18 to 25, from across Europe, Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS), Africa and the Middle East. You’ll find full details and registration information for the Hog Factor Europe at highend.com/hogfactor/pls

What are the Prizes?
The top 3 teams or individuals from Phase 1 will win a trip to the 2020 Prolight + Sound tradeshow, Frankfurt, Germany, March 31 – April 3, 2020. Travel and accommodation will be included for selected days during the tradeshow.

The overall winner(s) will be awarded a trip to Las Vegas to attend North America’s largest stage technology tradeshow, LDI, in October 2020. They will participate in an exclusive schedule of activities and networking events alongside US Hog Factor finalists and recipients of the Fred Foster Student Mentorship Program. Travel and accommodation are included for selected days.






What happens next?

Phase 1
Entrants are asked to program a light show using a visualization file – on a Hog, or Hog 4 PC (free download available) – to one of three pre-selected songs. You can refine your skills with the help of a free training session; or check out the latest Hog tutorial videos at highend.com/learnhog4. When you’re ready, submit your video capture file to High End Systems.

Phase 2
A jury will select the top 3 entries. If you’re chosen, you’ll attend Prolight + Sound where you’ll demonstrate your programming skills live on the High End Systems booth rig in front of a panel of industry experts and an international trade show audience.






Important Dates






Registration & submission of visualization files
September 15, 2019 to January 15, 2020

Finalists selected
January 16 to 31, 2020






Final presentations & winner selection
Wednesday April 1, 2020 at Prolight + Sound, Frankfurt, Germany
Finalists will present their live performance pieces, the winning team or individual will be selected, and prizes awarded.