What kinds of contests do YOU want to see on Instructables?

Hi everyone! As we're planning contests for the next year, we wanted to get suggestions and feedback on the types of contests we're running. :D

Is there a contest we ran years ago you'd like to see again?
Any contests you're sick of?
A weekly challenge you'd like us to expand on?
Do you want the contests to be more specific or more open ended?

We're trying to shake things up in contest-land - so any and all suggestions are welcome! I'm especially interested in what types of tech contests you guys would like to see, as well as ideas for food contests. 

P.S. For anyone wondering about weekly challenges - we're still trying to figure out a way to do it that makes it easy for you guys to enter and easy for the editors here to run. But I promise we are discussing it! :)

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Ian017 hours ago

Here are some from my contest ideas list:

• Clocks, again—BrittLiv just suggested this too, I see, so I second that

• 2x4, again—more woodworking-oriented prizes please, and maybe a prize for using nothing but a single 2x4

• Bottle reuse: Reuse any kind of bottle in a creative or useful way

• Household cleaning: Share your tips for how to clean around the house

• Household maintenance: Instruct in how to keep your household infrastructure etc. working well

• Summer cooling: Beat the heat in the summer

These next two are separate to keep one type of entry from swamping the other, though some entries could conceivably be eligible for both:

• Game design: Design a new game and teach us how to play it. Board games, card games, and tabletop games are eligible, as are computer-based implementations of such games, but not video games. Also eligible: balancing methods, game mechanic design methodologies, game testing, etc. Judges' prizes for best use of Piecepack, best use of dice, etc.

• Video games: For those games excluded from the above contest. Make your own video game, teach others to make video games with your favorite tools, design game mechanics for video games, etc.

• Optics: I want to learn how to design and build optical systems. For example, I want to learn: how to tell which lenses will be compatible when building a compound lens, and how to decide how far apart to put them; how to build a lamp with a specific beam pattern; and how to measure the properties of an aspheric lens. Alternatively, maybe write an open-source optical design program and tell us how to use it.

• Umbrellas: Anything to do with umbrellas

• Puzzles: Design and make a puzzle. This could be a physical puzzle, such as a jigsaw puzzle or a burr puzzle, but logic puzzles are welcome too as long as it teaches you how to design or solve the puzzle, not just presents one example of a type of puzzle.

• Cooking techniques: Teach us the skills needed to be good at cooking. Recipes not allowed unless they teach the skills too. For example: how to create your own recipe; how to keep your food from sticking to the fork too much; how to make your quesadillas stay together; how to optimize your cooking procedure for efficiency. (I want to learn all of those!)

• Craft foam challenge: Anything incorporating craft foam

• Origami challenge: Anything origami-related

• Chemistry: Anything chemistry-related. Teach us how to manage your hot tub's water chemistry, how to build chemistry lab equipment, how to identify chemicals and their concentrations, how to perform chemical reactions, or (last but not least) how to stay safe and healthy while doing chemistry.

• Material science: Anything related to materials and their properties. Teach us how to identify metals/alloys, woods, or plastics, how to choose materials that have suitable properties for your project, or how to measure the mechanical properties of a material.

matthew2m26 months ago

A science-based contest would be awsome.Like general science not like build my lab type one

Looks like it just launched :)

Hair/ beauty challenge

sabu.dawdy9 days ago

pickle contest.

Felt sheets challenge

Eyelet challenge

Organizing contest

Mesa Mike14 days ago

A Goodwill contest...you have to buy an item at Goodwill and turn it into something else. I like supporting nonprofits.

That basic theme is in a contest that just launched, actually: https://www.instructables.com/contest/beforeandafter2017/

The idea for this contest was initially "transform a thing from a thriftstore/craigslist", but for broader appeal it became a before-and-after, old-to-new sort of transformation theme. I hope you'll enter something!

Sam (seamster)

Community Manager

TheGunNut4419 days ago

A footwear/cobbler contest that encourages people to build shoes from raw materials.

Not_Tasha21 days ago

Fiber arts, cookie decorating,

BrittLiv27 days ago

Another time contest, please and one that has to do with cleaning. Those have obviously nothing to do with my current projects ;-)

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