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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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tzq33tdq2 days ago

How about a contest for complex or advanced electronics and stuff like that? I have a project I'm sourcing parts for thats a 4-bit CPU to control Christmas Lights.

How about a kind of "all star" contest where you had to use something you had won in a previous contest?

That's an interesting idea. There might not be enough potential entrants to make it worthwhile, though, since there are far fewer past winners than current members.

Then, perhaps a challenge instead of a contest with one winner and a few runner ups like the apple challenge that is currently open? The competition would be fierce.

Sounds like a plan!

I think this awesome, but instead of for those who have won previously, how about those who have been featured before in the contest category? So if it's an "All Star Tech" contest (because I love tech), anyone who has been featured in the tech category can enter?

I'd love to see a tool making contest. A lot of folks cant afford a well stocked workshop and improvise many of the tools they work with. Some of their solutions show amazing ingenuity and creativity. There could be 5 categories; leather, wood, metal, electronic, and a general craft with prize packages reflecting each. It's a great way to bolster their arsenal of tools which, in turn, would allow them to level up their work. Win win.

This is a great idea! I remember reading an instructable about "how to win instructable contests," and one of the tips was to make something you'll find useful or get enjoyment from. Ideally, making a tool would fulfil both of those requirements!

xGrape3 days ago

Will there be any Christmas/holiday themed contests? I mean there is 4 alone, just for Halloween.

jessyratfink (author)  xGrape3 days ago

In the past we've held lots of little holiday themed contests for gifts/toys/cards/etc, and I bet Danger has some stuff planned for this year like that too!

They probably won't be anything like Halloween though! Halloween is the only major holiday we recognize at Instructables. ;)

I hope there isn't any "political correctness" reasons behind Halloween
being the only recognised holiday? It would seem odd to recognise a
Pagan holiday whilst not other religeous holidays.

How about a 'steampunk' or 'vintage artefact' contest

We just ran a vintage contest in July and August, but we might do it again if people are interested!

Please keep me posted...thanks. I don't know how I missed your competition.

You can always look at our list of upcoming contests here http://www.instructables.com/community/List-of-Upc... to keep an eye out on what contests are scheduled :)

Jack Moran18 days ago

Maybe a water based contests, so everything has to float, or to do with water

This sounds like a fun contest to run next summer!

tmarable12 days ago

What about a lifehack contest?

We just ran the DIY University contest but we will definitely be running more of these types of contests in the future!

tmarable12 days ago

Or what about something like a utility apparel contest of some sorts?

We have a winter wearables contest coming up! That might have some overlap!

Tcdevine6 days ago

Have you ever had a contest that featured projects that use Velcro. Velcro is amazing and there is so much you can do with it. Just a thought.

rptech1 month ago

I would love to see a photography contest. There can be multiple categories/themes. However, pictures taken before the contest opened should be accepted. The pictures can be graded on creativity, intensity, quality, etc...

Every level of winnings should offer a DSLR camera and runner up prize should be an amazon gift card.

Great idea! Sounds fun. How about a Mark iii as the grand prize?

Maybe more contests with cooking! What about a baking contest?

A baking comtest sounds fun!

We have a lot of food themed contests coming up before the end of the year! Check out the list of upcoming contests http://www.instructables.com/community/List-of-Upc... to see what's coming next!

Snowball109 days ago

Favorite vegan/vegetarian food.

Oddest food dish (oddest ingredient, presentation, etc.)

JM199921 days ago

Carnival style contest.

Instructables would give the competitors something to do and the first person to get it done is the winner.

Or maybe something could be hidden around the site and the contestants had to find it.

Have you seen the Extreme Commenting game that's been going on?

Yes I have, I have gotten both the 3 month PRO and the 1 year PRO memberships.

I guess it is sort of the same thing I was thinking.

JM1999 JM199918 days ago

It helped me a lot on my way to GOLD comments ;p

Haha, it good to have goals to work towards!

Yes it is, it would be more interesting if Instructables added more levels to the achievements like Platinum, Rhenium, Osmium, Iridium,.

I just find it a big jump especially in the views, it goes:

-Gold: 10M+

-Silver: 1M+

-Bronze: 10K+

there is a long way between 10,001 and 1,000,001 think about the 50,000 and 100,000 and the 250,000 and the 500,000 and the 750,000 and then the million would be cool.

nat334 JM199911 days ago

yep

JM1999 nat33411 days ago

Yay, someone agrees with me!!

nat33411 days ago

cake pop

Have you considered a contest with projects made from PVC? The project can be constructed in any fashion as long as the primary item used is PVC. The prizes could be home improvement products or tools.

vanweb18 days ago

How about a programming contest for a mobile app or website? There are crazy cool things that you can now do with apps. But do it as a "How to" contest where you have to show the tricks so that others could learn from them.

sursula23 days ago

and one more contest idea: i think it would be really nice to have a newbie-contest, a contest only open for first time authors. that way, it is not only the same old people that win most of the contests and it is very nice and encouraging for people new to the site to win a contest with their first instructable.

That's a great suggestion! So good that we are doing it! There will be a First Time Author Challenge later this month! Check out our list of upcoming contests http://www.instructables.com/community/List-of-Upc...

Pure Carbon21 days ago

the next electronics contest should be build your own electronic components contest, where every entry has to be made from scratch.

Sisnab21 days ago

Ancient Weapons & Armors Contest? Birds, Bird Cages, Bird (Pet) Related Things Contest? Simple Contest ( Create something with only 3-5 items)? Reptile, Reptile related things contest? Trees Contest? Rock Contest ( create something with only rocks)?

sursula29 days ago

maybe it would be cool to have a "collections" contest, since those seem to get more of a thing these days. and somehow curating can be as challenging as creating...

and sometimes i would wish that the contests would have a bit more focus, there a quite a lot of contests where you could post more or less anything (for example the university contest at the moment). this leads to a ton of entries and makes it kind of hard and timeconsuming to find the really nice entries and vote for them.

We try to keep a balance between broad category contests (DIY University, for example) and smaller, more specific contest (Age of Aquariums, Hunter-Gatherer) so that most people would be able to enter at least one contest at any giving time. Please, please, please keep voting for your favorites! It really helps us when it comes time to pick finalists, especially for those open-ended contests with tons of entries!

sure, i'll keep on voting! don't worry

Watersports contest!

I know we already have the great outdoors contest, but I think it'd be great to have a contest where you have to 'teach' the instructables community about a sport, for example Windsurfing, or canoeing, or even swimming - anything thats related to do with water & sports.

Or maybe just a Sports contest? Learn a new sport! so like before - you have to teach the community a sport, but it can be on land aswell?!

That sounds like fun! Maybe next spring or summer!

Whole Next Level Contest: Like "remix" but not. Create something using raw materials made from another Instructable. Or maybe just use an earlier Instructible as base steps for your own.

Instructables combination contest.

maybe a "Students' Hacks" contest where we can show off all our creations we've made to try and save money and time while at college

Is it going to happen?

I can't understand the messages...

I'm surely glad it is coming along and I plan to see more great contests coming up!

Man....you said my words......

I agree

It's on the list!

It's on the schedule! check it out! http://www.instructables.com/community/List-of-Upc...

You should have a contest that you make something that looks like or has on it penguin. I love penguins.

How about an improve upon it contest! How many times have you thought how great something was designed but knew it could be even better with just a little tweak here or there? A change in materials or design to make it AWESOME!

The remix contest is just that :)

fryars1231 month ago

natural material contest- only allowed to use materials that are totally natural maybe you could allow glue

JM19991 month ago

What would it be like if you limited the number of votes each person ha for each contest?

I think that 10 votes each or 1 vote per 10 views would be a good start.

JM1999 JM19991 month ago

** each person HAD**

The "D" key is hit and miss on my keyboard.

zaphod071 month ago

How about a Contest Just for using Only 2x4's as the building material.

graham6411 month ago

I would like to see the aquarium contest to include vivariums. The same knowledge of construction apply as well as biology, if not more.

Watersports contest!

I know we already have the great outdoors contest, but I think it'd be great to have a contest where you have to 'teach' the instructables community about a sport, for example Windsurfing, or canoeing, or even swimming - anything thats related to do with water & sports.

Or maybe just a Sports contest? Learn a new sport! so like before - you have to teach the community a sport, but it can be on land aswell?!

Watersports contest!

I know we already have the great outdoors contest, but I think it'd be great to have a contest where you have to 'teach' the instructables community about a sport, for example Windsurfing, or canoeing, or even swimming - anything thats related to do with water & sports.

Or maybe just a Sports contest? Learn a new sport! so like before - you have to teach the community a sport, but it can be on land aswell?!

Another youth contest!! but this time from ages 6-14

Agreed!

Another youth contest sounds good, but don't you think that 6 year olds are a bit too young for that? I'd say 13-18 year olds sounds like the perfect age range.

JM19991 month ago

multitool contest!

Lena141 month ago

desk contest a contest for all about how you set up your desk

WayfinderAli2 months ago

Wanderlust contest for all things travel- packing hacks, travel hacks, projects to make for travel like bags ETC

Prize ideas:

Nice pair of folding noise canceling headphones

Samsung Galaxy or Kindle Fire or Ipad Mini

Flight voucher (good for an international airline for a certain amount)

Scratch map (you put it on the wall and scratch away the places you've been, like the scratch off parts of lottery tickets but a big pretty world map)

Scrubba wash bag (to wash clothes effectively on the go)

Sea to Summit compression dry bags / Eagle Creek compression bags

comfy, packable travel pillow (Sea to Summit, Thermarest etc)

travel clothesline from Sea to Summit

travel towel

Thederpyninja2 months ago

A back to school contest? Although it might be a little too late now...

therustypanda2 months ago

How about designs or layouts of tool sheds, workshops or workbenches.... the places the "Instructables" are made?.

Or maybe a "Collapsible workshop" contest - where you have to post instructables of workshop gear like workbenches, etc. which are just as functional, but also transforms into something easy to store.

Would be great for people who don't have a dedicated workshop, like me. Does it make this suggestion egoistic and non-eligible? :D

How about Cardboard Toy Contest?

How about Cardboard Toy Contest?

I'd like to see a musical instrument contest. Maybe a music contest as well were folks could post tracks they made and others could vote.

Also, it would be cool to add a comment section on each contest page for contest related questions and discussion.

I would really like to see a ham / amateur radio, radio broadcast type contest. It's a pretty popular hobby especially with older people, but the Internet could do with more Information. From personal experience there's almost no maker material for ham radio anywhere on the net. Iv seen a few antenna building guides, but nothing to do with the radio itself or broadcasting.

I would really like to see a ham / amateur radio, radio broadcast type contest. It's a pretty popular hobby especially with older people, but the Internet could do with more Information. From personal experience there's almost no maker material for ham radio anywhere on the net. Iv seen a few antenna building guides, but nothing to do with the radio itself or broadcasting.

Mr.Sanchez3 months ago

Blacksmithing and forge would be awesome !

We have a metal contest going on right now! :)

yeah.....blacksmithing and forging contest would be awesome.....

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Brooklyntonia2 months ago

How about a travel contest? Surely there will be plenty of travel tips from over the summer.

TheaterDancer2 months ago

A music contest with the prize tickets to a concert of a band of choice

JB11953 months ago

Make a film contest

chatsbk007 JB11952 months ago

grt idea.....

Rainbow Loom Contest maybe ?

wood working contest

We have a hand tools contest coming up!

that just ended last month

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JADO172 months ago

Hi, I think this is the best time to do a space/space-tech contest since we have the technology and I don't recall seeing this contest before on instructables. I think it would be a great add on your list !

jibrail34 months ago

paper craft contest

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Darthorso3 months ago

Hey Jessy!

I've already talked about it some weeks ago, but I renew my purpose.

What do yuo think of a Nerf/Toys mod contest? Like aesthetic and hardware mods... I think that we can see great projects in a contest like this! ^_^

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how about a gamer contest?

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