Makerspace Contest 2017 is live! Enter today!

**I just want to remind everyone that it is fine to find people to join with to make a team BUT remember that you must be within 150 miles of each other and that you will have to SHARE the prizes. So whoever you choose to be Team Captain will be getting the prizes and will be in charge of making sure everyone gets to use them.**

You read that right! The Makerspace Contest will be happening again this year.

The contest is open for entries on June 1st and closes on August 31st. It will be similar to last year with just some updates to the prizes including a focus on Featured Instructables and fun new Individual prizes. That's right; you can help your team win some awesome prizes and also win something all for yourself.

This forum topic is for you to ask questions about the contest, converse about making as a team, and just chat with other teams competing in the competition. Find more details on the Contest Page.

Remember, if you want to participate, you need to register your team, get a team code, and wait until June 1st to start posting.

Have fun and happy making!

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Kiteman15 days ago

If you are looking for a group to join / compete with, have you tried Open Hub?


Where is the team located?

If you check the site, they have hubs all over the world - there may be one near you!

Ok, I am lost. What are the 'hubs'? Is there people on there that are looking for teams in the makerspace contest?

No, it's just places where you might find other makers to enter the contest with.

Ok, but I think I'll just stick with people here. Thanks anyway!

Matlek3 days ago

I'll give it a try: anyone in France near Marseille?

Quelqu'un vers Marseille pour faire équipe?

I know of a team I want and can join, but how do I actually join it?

Can some one help me???? I want to join a team, but I don't know how!

You have a team leader send an email to instructables and then get a code that you use as a keyword in an instructable that you want enter.

Ok thanks! The team I want to join is yours!

you are already in it! I did send you the code, correct?

I know you sent the code, but don't I have to email instructables to actually put me in the team?


Really? Ok, thanks!

KKadow6 days ago

Manchester Makerspace (in New Hampshire, USA) would be happy to have any other New Hampshire based Makers join our contest team and share any prizes.

We'll even take Mainers if you ask nicely.

TechMartian27 days ago

I'm looking for members to join my team in Toronto, ON, Canada. The radius includes as far as London, ON; Rochester, NY; Kingston, ON.


Hi, Are you still looking for Makers for your team?

Is Windsor too far? I am 4 hours away from Toronto!

TechMartian... we in the same radius?

Westlake Radius.JPG

Unfortunately No. It misses it just barely...though it's probably miles apart...

Here's my radius. I guess not a lot of people up here are interested? In any case there's still room for 15 people in my team.

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hey Tech, I'd be interested! I'll be moving up to Toronto late this summer so I think that counts.

Great! I'll add you to the group. PMed you

HardiqV10 days ago

I registered my team on friday morning and still i have not received unique id for my team . help me fast

Just a question: is this open to residents of South Africa?

Penolopy Bulnick (author)  AzharRanderee14 days ago

The following countries can participate in the contest per the official rules:

- 50 United States (Including The District of Columbia but excluding Puerto Rico)

- Canada (Excluding The Province of Quebec, Canada)

- United Kingdom

- Australia

- Belgium

- China

- The Netherlands

- Colombia

- Denmark

- Germany

- India

- Norway

- New Zealand

- Switzerland



I see 6 circles...which one are you?

I'm the green one

But can people that live in the other circles join too? If you can, than I want to join! I live in one of the blue ones.

that map was just the other maps combined but I am trying to get a team set up. Would you want to join?

Yes, I do! When will you make it?

Is that you team? I live in that radius! Can I join?

DiyWaterDog26 days ago

Looking for a team. I am located in Westlake, Ohio. See image as 150 mile radius is most of Ohio and stretching into Michigan, PA, and Canada. I am a teacher off for the summer so plenty of time for making.

Westlake Radius.JPG

I'm getting a team together in ohio and surrounding states would you want to join?

navneetha24 days ago

Hi.Iam intrested to participate. Any one at 150 miles distance from bremen germany?

Like I already wrote via pm, I am going to join you. Let us hope that more are willing to join. I would love to meet some more Northern German makers.

I am also willing to help improve the documentation of the projects and 3D print or laser cut stuff.

RbDeraj23 days ago

Anyone from Missouri? or surrounding states?

mpictaggi24 days ago

Im looking to make a team, or join one in the Los Angeles area. Anyone who would like to collaborate please message me.

Goal: Meet and Collaborate with local makers and have fun. I'm not really looking to do this for the prizes as i have pretty much all i need in my shop.

Skills: Carpentry, glass/glazing, sculpture, lathe turning, mold making/casting, welding (non-certified) arch/engineering plan drawing, open workshop with most tools we would need, and a couple more things i'm probably forgetting.

Skills i don't have: Almost no digital/computer design skills (never really got into it), painting, writing, 3D printing, machining.

I am interested in joining a team if there are teams in the Philippines. :D


I am also interested in joining a team

mtairymd1 month ago

I'm interested in joining a team...location between Baltimore and Washington DC. Message me if you are interested.


My 150 radius includes over 10 million people. Not a single offer...


Hey Midwest lets show em that the fresh coast is the best coast! This Chicago-Grand Rapids-Detroit bubble has a lot of designers in it. Message or comment if you want to be on my team.

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I would like to join a team. I live in about the middle of illinois. The sooner I can get in a team, the better.

I have a few questions.

Why do you have to be only 150 miles apart? How will I be informed when someone signs up to my team? Do I have to figure out who will be on my team before I make a team? What do votes do?

I would like these answers as fast as I can.

You have to create a team before you can sign up for the contest. The mile radius rule is because the point of the contest is to get a makerspace/hackerspace/general making group together and participate; that is why the prizes are all big tools that are meant to be shared amongst people at a place where everyone can share them :)

Votes are for the individual prizes.

I have one more question. Do non-featured instructables count for anything?

Thanks! Now to find a team.....

RbDeraj27 days ago

Is there any way to locate other instructables members in your area to form a team?

Penolopy Bulnick (author)  RbDeraj27 days ago

Not really. You can look at profiles, but not everyone shares your location. I think your best bet would look to your community and see if there is an existing makerspace or hackerspace you can join up with. It would probably be easiest to find people who live near you and get together to form a team than to try to do it thorugh the website.

Hello I am interested to join a team please message or email me

Email ID: pateldarshil14@rediff.com

what is ur loacation?

Ahmadabad, Gujarat, india
MyWlakeTech1 month ago

Seems that is is centered around use of Fusion 360? Is this contest outside the realm of 5th and 6th grade students who just like to make?

My students are a little older, but some of them have posted Instructables and some have joined my team for this year. Totally doable and good writing experience.

Penolopy Bulnick (author)  MyWlakeTech1 month ago

Only those 3 individual prizes are focused on Fusion 360. The other individual prize and the group prizes don't require Fusion.

OK... next question. Let's say I form a team where perhaps 20 makers show interest but only 10 actually participate actively by actually creating an Instructable. Thinking of making this a fun activity for summer break. I can probably get at least 20 kids that SAY they will do it, but getting them to follow through is another story.

Penolopy Bulnick (author)  MyWlakeTech1 month ago

It is understandable that not everyone on your team will be able to follow through with creating something. We just ask that everyone that signs up do their best to participate.

Also, you only need a minimum of 5, and you can always add to your team up to 20 members throughout the contest if more people show interest. Just make sure everyone that particpate on your team is registered for your team.

Also keep in mind that there is a Fusion 360 class (or maybe even more, I think)

Not_Tasha28 days ago

Are teams able to sign up after the contest starts?

Yes, your team can sign up after the contest starts

I would like to join a team in the Cardiff, Wales, UK area. Probably a good idea to check if my local hack spaces have members here.

Yonatan241 month ago

That CNC machine ...And all the other awesome prizes!

Too bad I don't know how to duplicate myself.

But what's the "Best Individual Project -

One participant who does the best in judging will receive":

What's best in judging - the member that judges the most I'bles? And does that mean that the member doesn't need to publish any I'bles?

Get your family involved - All the Kites are already members here, so we joined up and made a team.

Or get your classmates and/or a teacher involved* and you will have a [temporary?] home for the bigger prizes you could win.

Or do like mtairymd is doing (see his comment on this topic), and look for other instructablers in your area.

Whatever, there is usually a way to enter most big challenges...

*Like this: https://www.instructables.com/community/Instructab...


And: Team members must submit their projects to the contest when they publish them. You cannot hold onto entries to submit later and you cannot submit more than 50% of your entries during the last week of the contest.

That means that I can start the I'ble before the contest starts (You cannot hold onto entries to submit later), but just need to enter it in the contests as soon as it's published?

Penolopy Bulnick (author)  Yonatan241 month ago

What Kiteman said. It is less than a week till the start of the contest. It is fine if you start working on some projects, just wait until it launches to post and then, throughout the contest, post your projects as you make them. We just want to keep things fair and fun for everyone so we ask you don't hold onto entries.

It will also, probably, break the site if a bunch of teams try to post 100s of projects on the last day :)

Just don't hit publish until your team is ready to go and the contest has started.

Penolopy Bulnick (author)  Yonatan241 month ago

The judging is the same as any other contest on the site. "A panel of judges made up of Instructables staff and respected members of the community rate the finalists. The averages of the ratings determine the winners."

Your I'ble does need to be pubushed and entered in the contest and you must still be part of a team to enter.

Cherzer1 month ago

I'm in the early stages of relocating and would love to participate on a team in my destination location. Is there any way I can make that happen? Or is the "principally reside within 150 miles" thing inflexible for situations like this?

Penolopy Bulnick (author)  Cherzer1 month ago

It's flexible. If you are joining a team to an area you are moving to that is fine. Just don't join two teams from two different places :)