What contests do YOU want?

I've seen a few complaints recently about contests - the "wrong" kind, or contests coming along just after they publish what would have been a killer entry.

So, why not suggest the contests you would like to see?

It doesn't necessarily have to be a contest you would enter, but maybe one that you think would have a decent response.

I'll start:
  • A hat contest.  Either making hats from scratch, or doing cool stuff to hats.
  • A science contest.  Entries either make a piece of scientific equipment, demonstrate a scientific principle or process, or otherwise provide a learning experience.
  • A walking stick contest.  I noticed that my mother's walking stick is hollow.  People must be able to come up with all sorts of things to make that empty space more useful or entertaining.
  • A useless but bizarrely entertaining device contest.  Things in the vein of the Useless Machine and Rube Goldberg set-ups.  Entries must include how to make the device, and a video of it in action.  Judging would be based largely on entertainment value.
  • A Time contest.  Anything related to time, timepieces or keeping time.
  • A Scouting contest.  Entries that would fulfil the requirements of any badge of any part of the Scouting or Guide movement across the world.  (Extra credit for shots of entrants being awarded their badge?)
  • A Guerilla Making contest.  Not making gorillas, but making something, then leaving it somewhere for strangers to find or encounter.  Include contact details for the entrant (or the site?) and see what happens.
  • Volume Two contest.  Isn't it about time to start thinking about producing another book?

Now, what do you want to see?

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I love the hat contest idea. Hats are fun!

I also like the science idea, and I'd like to see a math competition where people can geek out on the mathematics involved in certain projects.

I would probably like to see more specific sewing contests since it's hard to compare many entries in the sewing contests to one another.  There's whimsical and practical, which might be easy to judge based on the cool factor but the practical items tend to have better construction.  Judging from the entries that typically get submitted, there could be:
  • Costume (not just Halloween but the broad sense of costuming which includes cosplay, steampunk, cyber goth, military re-enactment, etc.)
  • T-Shirts (turn a t-shirt into something other than a t-shirt)
  • Quilting
  • Accessories
  • Street clothes
  • Household (e.g., cases, bags, and cozies)
  • Sleepwear (e.g., pj's and slippers)
  • Unusual materials (something other than fabric)
I'm also all in favor of a shoe competition which could include socks and tights.

Perhaps a Birthday Competition which would probably get some pretty wild entries.

Tasty treats with unusual ingredients? or maybe an outright bacon competition?


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Hiyadudez7 years ago
I'd absolutely love a gurilla contest, It'd be fun seeing the pranks people play. But I'd love for at least once for there to be a proper knex contest, and the prizes could be like knex coasters. Im sure alot of guys would back that up.
Agreed. :-)
but hiyadudez you would so beat me because you have more mknex
The amount of knex doesnt count. Its how much thought you put into your build and how well it works. Just cause I have loadsa pieces doesnt mean that i will win. Maybe i could come in first place, but there would be runner up prizes and stuff too.
ChrysN7 years ago
I've noticed a few glow in the dark paints/powder related intstuctables lately that would be a fun contest.
jeff-o7 years ago
DealExtreme contest: Make something out of an item bought at DealExtreme.com

Concrete Contest: Make something out of concrete

Laser Contest: Make something that uses one or more lasers

Fake Contest: Make a "fake" item. For example, fake ice cream out of foam insulation

IKEA hacks contest: Hack an item from IKEA.

Obsolete Tech contest: breathe new life into a piece of obsolete technology (VHS, floppy drive, 8 track, dot matrix printers...)

Astronomy contest: anything to do with astronomy

Solar Contest: anything solar powered

Under $5 contest: do anything you like, as long as it costs less than $5.

Soda Contest: Anything to do with carbonated beverages

Car parts contest: Build anything, using car parts

Flight Contest: Build something that flies

Automata Contest: Build a mechanical automaton

Movie Prop Contest: Build a prop from any movie, TV show or video game

Board Game Contest: Create your own, or modify an existing board or table-top game

Apple Hacks Contest: Hack something made by Apple Computer

Propeller contest: Build something that incorporates a propeller

Glass Contest: Build something that uses glass (or transparent plastic)

Copycat Contest: Recreate something found on a fancy design blog

Kite Contest:  Make a kite.  Prove it flies with a video!

Candy Contest:  Make some candy!  Any kind!

ABS contest:  Make something out of ABS pipe (or any kind of pipe)

Toy hacks contest:  Hack a childs' toy into something else, or to make it do something else.

Office Supplies contest:  make something cool out of office supplies

PKM jeff-o7 years ago

Copycat Contest: Recreate something found on a fancy design blog

+1 for this idea- maybe it wouldn't run as an official contest but it would definitely be worth a "I didn't pay $4,000 for this lamp because I made it myself, take that design world" patch :)
jeff-o PKM7 years ago
That's exactly what I was thinking. ;) I think someone else here saved over $11,000 on a lamp when they made it themselves...
Kiteman (author)  jeff-o7 years ago
Ha, a good chunk of my to do list is ripped off Notcot.org...
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