Introduction: How to Enter Instructables and RoboGames Robot Contest

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Robots are never going to take over the world if we don't get off the couch and make them ourselves!

That's why we've teamed up with the folks atRoboGames to bring you the Robot Contest!

Want to win a trip to RoboGames 2009? Tell us how you made your robot.

Good robot design is highly detailed, so we're asking you to document specific parts of your robot for this contest. Maybe you built the ultimate manipulator arm, designed a killer sensor array, reused some great trash, or just made a gorgeous housing - pick something you're proud of, and share how you made it.

Show us what you and your robots can do, and win a trip to go to RoboGames, flight and hotel room included! We're also giving away a RoboPhilo Walking Android kit, and lots of Robot-themed gear.

You're probably already working on some sort of robot - just be sure to document it carefully.
The more ideas we can share about making robots the more we'll be helping others learn how to make robots! The more people know about robots, the more awesome robots will be built all over the world!
Information wants to be free. Share your knowledge, inspire others, and win great prizes!

You can bring your robot to this year's RoboGames! There are 70 different events so robots of all types can find a suitable category. It's a great opportunity to test the machines you've been working on, or to give your FIRST robot an extracurricular challenge.

Since robots take time to build and document, we're giving you plenty of time to enter. You have until a couple weeks after the RoboGames in June to submit your robot Instructable. So get your camera ready and let's see what you've got!

Robots can be either remote controlled, semi-autonomous, or fully autonomous. Since an entry can be either a complete robot or a part of a robot it's possible to submit multiple entries from one robot, each discussing a different part of the process. Entries can also fall into multiple categories. For example, an autonomous beer-fetching bot may fall into the "brain" category for its autonomy, "sensors" for its ability to find the beer, and "manipulators" for its ability to grab the beer.


Grand Prize (1): A trip to the June 2009 RoboGames in San Francisco, CA! Includes airfare
for one from anywhere within the continental US, 4 nights in a hotel near the event, and VIP access/enrty fees for the lucky winner. Also a Robot prize package including both Instructables Robot and RoboGames t-shirts, and a selection of robot-themed stickers.
Value: $2500

First Prize (1): RoboPhilo Walking Android kit! Plus the Robot prize package.
Value: $500

Second Prize (30): A Robot prize package including both Instructables Robot and RoboGames t-shirts, and a selection of robot-themed stickers. Five (5) prizes will be awarded for each category.
Value: $50


Sure, you've got a big awesome robot- but they're all built out of complex subunits. Tell us all about the design, build, and testing processes you went through to make them work.

Locomotion -- How does your robot move? Whether it walks, skitters, glides, or rolls, we want to know how you made it go.
Manipulators -- Arms, pinchers, rocket launchers, whirling blades of death. How does your robot modify the world around it?
Brain -- Even a robot has to make decisions. How did you design the control system?
Sensors -- How does your robot collect data? Tell us what you used and how you built & integrated the system.
Aesthetics -- Every good robot needs a futuristic housing. How did you choose and make yours? How does it add to the look and feel or function of your robot? Bonus points for artistic merit.
Reuse & Recycling -- What exciting reused/recycled/repurposed bits made their way onto your robot? Tell the story, and how you made it work. Creativity is a big plus here.

Open to enter: April 15, 2008 12:01 AM PST
Deadline for entries: July 13, 2008 11:59 PM PST

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Step 1: Official Rules

1. All federal, state, and local taxes on prize are the sole responsibility of the winner. No purchases are necessary; void where prohibited by law.

2. Participants agree to abide by all decisions of Instructables, contest co-sponsors, and judges, which shall be final and binding with respect to all issues relating to this contest.

3. Prize is not transferable and no cash alternative or prize substitution is available. Instructables and contest co-sponsors reserve the right to substitute a similar prize of equal or greater value if the prize listed is unavailable for any reason. All potential winners are subject to verification at the discretion of Instructables and contest co-sponsors.

4. Winner agrees that prizes are being provided "as is", and Instructables and contest co-sponsors make no warranty, representation or guarantee regarding the prize, including but not limited to its quality, condition, merchantability or fitness for a particular purpose.

5. Instructables and contest co-sponsors are not responsible for problems including (but not limited to) damaged, incorrect, inaccurate, lost, delayed, or defective entries, or for injury or damage to any computer resulting from participation in this contest. Entries that have been tampered with or altered are void.

6. Instructables reserves the right to modify, cancel, postpone or end the contest at any time as necessary, at its sole discretion, or to disqualify any participant or winner, at its sole discretion, deemed to have cheated, destroyed, obstructed, or otherwise acted illegally or in bad faith in relation to this contest.

7. Instructables reserves the right, at its sole discretion, to disqualify any individual it finds, in its sole discretion, to be in violation of the Terms of Service; to be acting in violation of these Official Rules; to be acting in a unethical or disruptive manner, or with intent to annoy, abuse, threaten or harass any other person.

8. By submitting an entry and entering this contest, you represent and warrant that: you are over the age of 18, or entering with the knowledge and permission of your parent or guardian (subject to verification), and that the entry does not contain or incorporate the intellectual property and/or confidential information of any third party.

9. By submitting an entry and entering this contest, you hereby grant Instructables and RoboGames a perpetual, irrevocable, sublicenseable, worldwide, royalty free right to publish and distribute your entry for their promotional purposes.

10. Governing Law: All issues and questions concerning the construction, validity, interpretation and enforceability of the official rules, or the rights of entrants, shall be governed by and construed in accordance with, the substance laws of the State of California and any applicable laws and regulations of the United States.


bensfolks (author)2010-04-25

 i went to robo games today!-bensfolks

ftking_83702 (author)2008-08-19

Congrats all!

ftking_83702 (author)2008-08-05

At the risk of repeating myself, all right! Tomorrow is the day! Very exciting.

ftking_83702 (author)2008-07-29

All right! Today is the day!

Sorry to say this, but it's been bumped back again. Technical difficulties and we apologize for the inconvenience.

Erobots (author)fungus amungus2008-08-01

will it be extended again, this time around? :P I have a feeling the technical difficulties is having to do with the eligibility of the international contestants to win prizes. Very excited to see the winners!

Erobots (author)fungus amungus2008-07-29

oh man ! another week! its cool , I can wait another week . :)

1 week away! Don't give up!

Erobots (author)2008-07-23

When are winners announced?

ftking_83702 (author)Erobots2008-07-23

Huh. Just noticed that they bumped the "judging ends" date back to the 29th. There seems to have been a string of date revisions.

robomaniac (author)ftking_837022008-07-23

I have just saw the modification. Waiting is going to be hard! Oh well... back to instructables editing :D

ftking_83702 (author)robomaniac2008-07-23

Yep. Time to add another fischertechnik project. ;)

Erobots (author)ftking_837022008-07-23

wow another week or so of waiting !

JellyWoo (author)2008-07-07

check out my robot don't forget to vote, comment, and rate! ;)

Erobots (author)2008-07-06

Check out my butler robot!

Please vote for me in the contest !

robomaniac (author)2008-06-28

why is the Deadline for entries: June 29, 2008 11:59 PM PST not edited?

I just don't want to get scewed over this contest!

I will post mine tomorrow just to be sure :P

That's been fixed. You won't get screwed! :)

HAHAHA! Thank you!

Plasmana (author)2008-06-28

Yay! Thank you for extending the deadline! Now I can create, edit, and post some instructables!

GorillazMiko (author)2008-06-28

Thank you so much for extending the deadline! Mwuahaha!

bumpus (author)2008-06-21

I found a misspelling - "in a hotel near the event, and VIP access/enrty fees for the lucky winner."


blue72 (author)2008-06-20

my robot ate my cat

Al1970 (author)2008-05-10

Is anyone having problems uploading photos. Everytime I try I get "Could not upload file 'full robot1.jpg'. Please try again as it may simply have been corrupted in transit." I have tried with photos as small as 19K. Any ideas?

coolz (author)Al19702008-05-12

try deleting your avatar picture from your hard drive

=SMART= (author)coolz2008-06-17

how the hell will that help??

4mem8 (author)2008-06-09

M'mmm enter more than one, I will have to enter another one.Nice

killerjackalope (author)2008-04-15

Damn, had this been announced later this year I may have had time, see a certain secret art project has certain secret abilities, possibly being almost unstoppable... Well when I build it... So far my guess is there's a new 2.00lb gorilla in town but I have no idea just how much it will weigh or how tall it will stand.

2,000lb gorilla

I was trying to figure out where anyone would get a 2 LB gorilla, 2000 LB sounds better.....and more dangerous.

CameronSS (author)Gunk on Floor2008-04-15

A gorilla fetus?

Gunk on Floor (author)CameronSS2008-04-15

But how useful would a gorilla fetus be? I assumed that he wanted to make a 2000 LB robot gorilla. A 2 LB robot gorilla simply would not get the job done. And a robot gorilla fetus, well, would probably just freak people out. =)

CameronSS (author)Gunk on Floor2008-04-15

You stick the two-pound gorilla fetus inside the 2000-pound gorilla robot and have it steer.


Hmmm, do you think the robo fetus could run on AAA batteries...

Goodhart (author)killerjackalope2008-04-16

no but the robot could run on "button" batteries :-)

killerjackalope (author)Goodhart2008-04-16

The milkybar robot (yes they have buttons)

jmicko (author)killerjackalope2008-05-29

wow guys, I don't think a gorilla fetus would qualify as a robot. what a great idea though...

killerjackalope (author)jmicko2008-05-30

Well that bits just a strange joke from the above conversation, it would be a robo foetus though...

not a robot gorilla, the project name is colossus...

Now technically it's best desribed as insanity but from the stuff I already have access to and plan to use it could well be a capable automaton, mainly the idea is for artistic purpose but I'm thinking about it's potential as an insane robot...

CameronSS (author)2008-04-15

I'm not sure I'm reading this correctly-so rather than documenting an entire robot, we document a part of the robot? As in an iBle about a fiberglass shell, or a claw, or legs?

jmicko (author)CameronSS2008-05-29

lol. no, you can either enter an entire robot, or just a part

budsiskos (author)2008-04-18

can a lego mindstorms robot count?

jmicko (author)budsiskos2008-05-29

Yes, but if you built it from instructions, nobody will vote for it. if that's what you were wondering.

fungus amungus (author)budsiskos2008-04-19

If it's a robot, enter it.

gneedel (author)2008-05-20

I have some general tutorials that I have made for building robots. I also have many different machines and mechanisms. Would it be better to create a robotics "best tips and practices" instructable. Or make one by reverse engineering a specific sub assembly?

fungus amungus (author)gneedel2008-05-20

You can do both. You aren't limited to one entry.

Hello Kitty (author)2008-05-09

So the VOTING STARTS:Jun 30, 2008, and the VOTING ENDS:Jun 29, 2008! Wow! I didn't know that was possible!:-0

laminterious (author)2008-05-07

Can we add slideshows? Because I have pictures of a robot I made but I didnt take photos along the way... or can I use sketchup to show what I did?

This is for full Instructables only as others need to be able to follow along to help them in their making of their own robots. Making new images in Photoshop, Illustrator, SketchUp, or any other program is perfectly fine for detailing each step.

Patrik (author)2008-04-30

For reference, I posted a bunch of links to other cheap and easy robot projects on this forum, for inspiration:


Remember - it doesn't have to be an ultra-sophisticated, self-guided - fully AI, heat-seeking-missile-equipped robot...

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