Prize suggestions and feedback needed! What would YOU like to win?

Hi everyone!

Here at HQ we just finished scheduling contests for the remainder of the year, and it got me thinking - we need to find new and exciting prizes for next year. :D

I would love to hear any and all suggestions for products you guys would like to win!

I'd also love to hear feedback about prizes we've offered this year - what did you like? What didn't you like? Do you prefer getting a shiny new electronic toy or a prize pack more suited to the theme of the contest?

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lime3D1 month ago

I'm noticing several contests lately that have a single "Grand Prize" and 25 runner up T-Shirts.

I don't think that is the right way to go.

Well they get rewarded for what they've done and instructables gets free advertising and its a nice conversation piece.

JM1999 lime3D1 month ago

You are talking about a challenge there, the difference is exactly what you said, more runner-up prizes and 1 grand prize.

They will be running contests too so keep an eye out!

vanweb JM19991 month ago

I mentioned this before as well.. The thing about Instructables contests and challenges is the "competition" for me.. I like to build things that people think are great. When you have a challenge and there is one winner and 25 runner ups you get no idea how you ranked out of those 25 people... What I would like to see is 1 big winner, 2 second place, 8 third place and 15 fourth place.... the prizes do not have to be that different.. for instance you could go the Star Trek route.. red shirts, blue shirts, etc.. representing the different standings. It would not cost any more money but would add that extra level of competitiveness...

lime3D vanweb1 month ago


JM1999 lime3D1 month ago

You are talking about a challenge there, the difference is exactly what you said, more runner-up prizes and 1 grand prize.

They will be running contests too so keep an eye out!

Raitis lime3D1 month ago

I haven't seen this pattern in non-sponsored contests so far and it's normal for challenges. The one you mentioned is a challenge. The only contest like that recently is Formlabs, but I don't see an issue there, it's sponsored by a company which has a single product which has a pretty high price point and they're giving 3 of those away.

sewing contest, musical instruments contest,

We just had the Winter Wearables Contest (sewing) and we have something in the works for musical instruments :)

this is for prize suggestions, and I suggested Instruments contest and it's on the list.

lledapps25 days ago

Please have the Park Bike Contest again!

Raitis lledapps24 days ago

Any bike contest would be cool, not necessarily park tools.

OK, here goes. Just a suggestion. I think that a prize should be an artist-in-residency thing, so that winner would get to be an artist-in-residence for a certain amount of time. The judges could be the current artists-in-residences, so they could choose who could become one of them. Just a suggestion.

OK, here goes. Just a suggestion. I think that a prize should be an artist-in-residency thing, so that winner would get to be an artist-in-residence for a certain amount of time. The judges could be the current artists-in-residences, so they could choose who could become one of them. Just a suggestion.

nancyjohns1 month ago

For the paracord contest Grand Prize I have some suggestions:

Woodland Camo 550 Military Paracord 300 Foot Roll

Lansky TASK Tactical Apocalypse Survival Kit

Just some ideas of mine, you'll need more for the grand prize

I think Autodesk are missing a trick here. They've got all this brilliant software but none of us mere mortals can afford to use it! Why not sponsor some of us to write superb instructables? I for one could really do with a copy of AutoCAD and Maya 3D ..... Please? They could then slap a big 'SPONSORED' logo on our profiles or something?

That's the reason they have the free 123D software available with the stuff you mentioned being aimed more at the commercial users which can afford to pay the asking price. Not that I would mind winning it or anything.

That's true enough and 123D is pretty good. However it won't let me create 2D files that I can send to my laser cutting people, unless I am missing something?

You could probably cheat 123D Make into doing something similar, but I'm not too familiar with all the options, since I've only used Meshmixer and 123D Make somewhat more and use Illustrator for layouts for prints or cuts in 2D.

123D is a pretty simple intuitive program and it would be pretty hard to miss something like 'export to dxf'. I reckon Autodesk will do what Adobe have done sooner or later where you can buy the big programs on a per month by month subscription basis so if you've got a video job coming up and you can get it done in a month then buying the software is no great hardship, not on my budget at least.

Mr AbAk2 months ago

hi tech laser printers ,laser cutters, lego kits, little bits pro library, chibitronics kit,websites vouchers, arduino boards

Mr AbAk2 months ago

instead of phones and tablets you can give us 3d printers, multirotors, raspberry pi,intel galileo,sparkfun kits, game consoles,etc.

These are great ideas!

electro182 months ago

I'd really like to get the all new Raspberry Pi model A+ or model B+ :)

Pure Carbon2 months ago

I would love to see something like this as a prize in the near future, or at least something like this.


The Victorinox knife was a prize a while back, I don't know if they would bring it back any ime soon.

it dosent need to be a Swiss army knife I just used that because it was convenient for the picture. I heard a rumor that instructables was going to start giving a different item than the classic T-shirt the instructables usually gives away, these items (coffee mugs, pencils, pants!!!, etc) would have the instructables logo on them. So I decided to give my own input to this idea. The knife prize I think would be great for all the outdoor related contests.

AlexKein2 months ago

Apple products

A woodburning set

A six foot tall stuffed penguin

wesseldyk12 months ago

macbook pro

wesseldyk12 months ago

can u have a braclet making


lakshay garg2 months ago

Instead of giving away tablets in tech themed contests you can give Kinect sensor which is way more useful than a tablet or digital camera

A kinect would be useful... Maybe a kinect and Ipi mocap software....

Great idea!

Smart Watch, Smart Bulbs, 3d carving machines, Makey Makey, Wacom tablets, smart oscilloscope, Computer controlled milling machines, laser cutters, ouya gaming console, wireless earbuds, Oculus rift, Camera Stabilisers, Electric skateboards, Bluetooth Gramophone, Electric bicycles, Modular Backpacks, Cable & Cord Management, Smart Plug outlets. These are some of the prizes I would love to win.

These are some great suggestions! We will definitely have to keep them in mind :)

vanweb2 months ago

The new "Challenge" contests are only offering one main prize and then 25 t-shirt prizes, at the same time only having 26 finalists. So basically the 25 "second" place finishers have no idea how they ranked against each other. I understand that this makes it so that there can be more contests (less prize costs) and that the first place winner is still getting an awesome prize. I would like it better if there was some differentiation for the runners up (I am competitive that way!). Even if it was just a different style Tshirt or throw in a USB key.. anything so that there would still be a 1st, 2nd, 3rd categories (maybe 1 first prize, 3-5 second, and the rest third. To keep costs down you could even lower the total number of prizes by 5. Just a suggestion..

We are trying to come up with some new and different Instructables swag to change up the t-shirts a little bit :)

I think that if you want to change up the instructables robot shirt you should give the person options. For example, when you send them a message about their shirt size you should include what color the want, would they rather have a futuristic robot or maybe let them style a robot( custom robot). This would be the basis of your intel for what the average user wants so you don't end up messing up your brand. You all probably would have to have a way of knowing what the user selected. In order to do this you must contact your website programmers if you don't already have that. I personally would like black cargo pants with pocket that has the robot on there. Also make more things other than shirts, you have to think on the psychological level of the average user. There are four main types: man,woman,boy and girl. If you think like that you can effectively view what most users would want and then make more attractive prizes. Instructables robot binoculars, paracord,dumbbells and hats for men and boys; nail polish, dresses, iPhones with a pink robot on the back for women and girls. Think from the users perspective, that's all I'm saying.

Unfortunately, we give out so many t-shirts it would be impossible for us to customize each one with a new design and color for everyone that won a contest (although it would be cool, I don't think our t-shirt printer would be willing to do it and it would be cost prohibitive).

While I don't think we will be giving out cargo pants anytime soon, part of a prize pack is a robot patch that could be added to pants from somewhere else for some sweet customized pants!

Also, speaking for myself here, I think a lot of girls would also like binoculars and paracord instead of (or in addition to) nail polish, if I'm any indication, haha.

bertwert2 months ago

I would love to win photography equipment and maybe lenses that users get to choose which mount when they win.

bertwert2 months ago

I would love to win photography equipment and maybe lenses that users get to choose which mount when they win.

Raitis4 months ago

Some safety gear (faceshields, respirators and such) would be a great addition and make sure that your most committed users don't accidentally kill themselves during their next awesome project. Maybe a bit too dramatic outcome, but you get the idea.

Good idea about the safety equipment! We want our authors to stay safe!

xGrape3 months ago

More 3d printers, and more small stuff, like new Instructables-swag, sugru packs, circuit scribe (should be easy to pull off with it being another Autodesk product), perhaps a subscription to MAKE magazine. And since contests are open to multiple countries, I personally wouldn't care much for gift cards, even if Amazon for instance do ship internationally.

We are looking into getting some different swag next year, so keep an eye out! :)

I like the idea of the free subscription to MAKE magazine, as well as the other ideas.

Pris Nexus 62 months ago

For costume contests, it would be great to win prizes that can be used to make future costumes. Things like Worbla, Fossshape, eva foam, sugru, dremel tools or even books that help teach costume and makeup techniques

Those are some great ideas!

pucksurfer2 months ago

I think that there would be some cool prizes in some things like microsoft surface, a gopro hero 4, or even some software like adobe photoshop/lightroom for a photography contest. continuing with the photography theme eyefi memory cards. also giftcards to hardware stores and things like that. not to mention 3d printers, cnc, and laser cutters

good ole boy3 months ago

sports tickets

DELETED_Makor3 months ago
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We have some great prizes coming up for the Wood contest! I think you will be happy :)

akshat210453 months ago

How about having a Nerf contest soon? And the prizes can be Nerf Guns/Ammo/Equipment, of course.


Pure Carbon3 months ago

For future contests there should be more go pros for prizes.

We just gave away 3 in the Hunter-Gatherer contest, but we will definitely keep them in mind for the future if people like them :)

Yes, yes, yes, I would love it if more were given out in the future ;)

Good to know! I'm always worried people already have those and are getting tired of things like that, haha.

well, thanks for responding.

Snowball103 months ago

Please do some macbook pros (thus far, I have only seen macbook airs). Thanks!

Our contest budget doesn't usually allow for macbook pros but we are working on it! :)

mikael bl3 months ago

loom bands for next or official rubber bands contest.

shazni4 months ago

Please give out cricut explorers again. I so want to try for it even though I was miserable when I didn't get it last time :-). I would like to try and try till I get it! ( hopefully without the depression moods!)

shazni shazni4 months ago

Oh a Silhouette Cameo would be better as you don't need internet to use it!

I love Silhouette, and we do have a papercraft contest coming up!

d0vr8 months ago

I would like to see some chrome books, and a Formlabs Form 1 printer.

d0vr d0vr4 months ago

OMG! You rock! I cannot believe I just wrote OMG on the interwebs. I shall have an entry for the Form 1+ ASAP.

A 10 h.p., four-stroke outboard boat motor.

shazni6 months ago

Hand tools prizes- KREG JIG, Mini drill, mini wood lathe, portable drill stand, pipe clamps, band clamps, heavy duty stapler, nail gun, plunge router, sanders, table vise.

Just a few suggestions ;-)

I think you will be happy about some of the upcoming prizes :)

I'm ecstatic! Over the moon excited and drooling away at the recent prizes :-). If you were next to me I would have hugged you to bits!

Thanks for the suggestions! Keep 'em coming :)

sursula9 months ago

i think it would be nice to add some more variety to the "smaller" prices, because if you have won a certain amount of contests the t-shirts and aprons are piling up (not that i'm complaining!), but if there would also be some other things like mabybe instructable mugs, or notebooks or little usb-drives or whatever, that would be really nice...

goldlego sursula5 months ago

I definitely agree with sursula. That is a fantastic idea and it would be AWSEOME if we could win stuff like this:

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jessyratfink (author)  sursula9 months ago

It's true! It's definitely on our list. I'm hoping we'll have the extra budget sometime soon to do it. :)

We've been looking at tote bags and notebooks, as well as water bottles and other little containers. USB drives are a great idea too!

great! looking forwad to it!

Thederpyninja6 months ago

How about some nice cameras like the Canon t5i? Perhaps a camera bundle kit would be nice :D

My gosh I was looking through the contests and my mouth dropped when I saw that the Canon t5i is the prize for two contests. YAYY

100 dollar michales gift card, or an iPad!

ivver6 months ago

I would like to get a pallet of Kinder Bueno and big pack of Ferrero Rocher!

chatsbk0076 months ago

new laptop////or even old will suffice but in good condition.....

Triclaw6 months ago

do tickets to the transworld convention for the Halloween contest I have been there a few times and its awesome

vishalapr6 months ago

Google glass :D (Although it is quite expensive), Mobile phones?

There have been many tablets as prizes but not mobile phones, so that would be somehting different :).

lunch with Jesy

myrrhmaid6 months ago

I see you have some gift certificates for Amazon and Sephora. Maybe consider GC from other sponsors like Dharma Trading Co. and Home Depot?

Always love the electronic gifts and stuff that expands the creative horizon! Thanks!

Snowball106 months ago

iPad mini, macbook, canon mark ii or iii, vitamix, food processor, other cooking items

I think you guys should give out game systems

roboconchan7 months ago

A sewing machine:

I don't own one, so that would make a great prize for me.... if I win. :)

Family holiday

Alicat 1237 months ago

For the Knex contest,A Knex kit

I agree

Makerbot 3D Printer!

Triclaw7 months ago

a Sticker

Emberlily 8 months ago

For the Lego contest, a Lego MindStorm set.

I agree

ajose48 months ago

hi is there any upcoming contest with a 3d printer as the prize

Alicat 123 ajose47 months ago


Pure Carbon8 months ago

Google glass, when it comes out.

That would be epic... but a little out of reach and unreasonable

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