Introduction: How to Enter the ThinkGeek Hacks Contest

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The gadgets and toys offered by the monkeys atThinkGeek are pretty amazing right out of the box. But what happens when you take one nifty product and apply your own geekery?

A little soldering and a handful of LEDs later you might have something really special--a blow on/off USB snowman with iPhone sync and cat noises, for instance. And who wouldn't want one of those!?

So here's our challenge to you: use any ThinkGeek product to create something wondrous, publish it here on Instructables, and enter to win the $250 ThinkGeek gift certificate for the best mod. Two first prize winners will each win a $50 gift certificate and an Instructables Robot t-shirt. Runners-up will win an Instructables Robot t-shirt.


Grand Prize
$250 gift certificate to ThinkGeek plus an Instructables Robot t-shirt, patch, and stickers.

First Prize
$50 gift certificate to ThinkGeek plus an Instructables Robot t-shirt, patch, and stickers.

Runner Up Instructables Robot t-shirt, patch, and stickers.

Open to enter: March 2, 2009 12:01 AM PST
Deadline for entries: April 5, 2009 11:59 PM PST

Contest is open for entries from these countries: United States, Canada, Ireland, Scotland, England, U.K., Wales, U.K., United Kingdom, American Samoa, Argentina, Australia, Austria, Bahamas, Belgium, Bermuda, Bolivia, Brazil, Burkina Faso, Cambodia, Chile, China, Costa Rica, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Ecuador, Egypt, El Salvador, Estonia, Finland, France, France, Metropolitan, Germany, Ghana, Greece, Greenland, Guam, Guatemala, Hong Kong, Hungary, Iceland, India, Israel, Italy, Jamaica, Japan, Kenya, Kuwait, Laos, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Mongolia, Morocco, Mozambique, Namibia, Nepal, Netherlands, Netherlands Antilles, New Zealand, Norway, Paraguay, Peru, Poland, Portugal, Qatar, Russian Federation, Saudi Arabia, Slovakia, Slovenia, South Africa, South Korea, Sri Lanka, Swaziland, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, Thailand, Turkey, Uganda, Ukraine, United Arab Emirates, Venezuela, Virgin Islands (British), Virgin Islands (U.S.), Yemen, Zambia, and Zimbabwe

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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 ThinkGeek 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.


noahw (author)2009-03-24

*Update* The folks over at ThinkGeek have talked with the contest team at Instructables and have decided to extend the ThinkGeek Hacks contest for an extra week. Take the extra time and submit something amazing!

illdoyourdrugs (author)2009-03-18

Thinkgeek is terribly over priced

not in all cases...they got some pretty good deals on hard to find stuff......

anything they have you can find cheaper. you just got to know what your doing

But they have such neat stuff... :

Fortunately you can find that neat stuff much cheaper elsewhere! yay!

Miltron_B (author)2009-03-19


Timmy the Monkey, you out did yourself this time.

You can ship to Ghana, Zimbabwe and Guam but you can't ship to your next door neighbor?

Check out the quality of work you are missing on:


aufachse5 (author)2009-03-17

do i HAVE to buy and modify a thinkgeek item, or can i just do what i have been planning to do? i need an answer fast!

fungus amungus (author)aufachse52009-03-18

For this contest, it has to be a thinkgeek item.

aufachse5 (author)fungus amungus2009-03-18

poo i have three great ideas that arent close to being anything on the site like, nothing i could change would be my idea

ordory (author)2009-02-26

Hi guy's, is Mexico wellcome?

fungus amungus (author)ordory2009-02-26

Sorry, Mexico is not on the list.

qballcat (author)fungus amungus2009-03-02

is canada?

fungus amungus (author)qballcat2009-03-02

Yup, it's on the list.

sniper44 (author)fungus amungus2009-03-18

what about Philippines!?!?

santy22 (author)fungus amungus2009-03-03

what about Argentina? also, i cant buy any TG products, or would take lotsa money and time.....

Doctor What (author)santy222009-03-03

Check the list!

=SMART= (author)fungus amungus2009-03-02

Ahhhh-Riba !!

mg0930mg (author)=SMART=2009-03-02

That made me smile...

hellstudios (author)mg0930mg2009-03-02


acaz93 (author)hellstudios2009-03-03

too bad i can't enter ...

theXmaker (author)acaz932009-03-08

where are you from?

acaz93 (author)theXmaker2009-03-08

Mexico , (is that EXPENSIVE THE SHIPPING!?!)

geeklord (author)=SMART=2009-03-03


dodo91 (author)ordory2009-03-03

I dont think so. its not on the list.

nepheron (author)2009-03-06

I won't let me post my instructable in this contest! It says that this contest is not open for entries yet... ? -Nepheron

fungus amungus (author)nepheron2009-03-06

Your most recent Instructable was published before the contest started so it's not eligible.

nepheron (author)fungus amungus2009-03-06

:( oh :(

eskaiguolker (author)2009-03-06

what's happenned whit spain ? dude!

Doctor What (author)2009-03-05

Does the Instructable have to be made after the start date, or can we already use an Instructable that modified a ThinkGeek product from a previous date?

Doctor What (author)Doctor What2009-03-05

I read through the rules, but didn't find my answer...

As with all the contests, the dates refer to the publish date.

mt2 (author)2009-03-03

Oh my god, Instructables hosting a ThinkGeek hacking contest. My two favorite web sites in the whole world - together! If we can just persuade them into a menage a trois with Woot...

spockck (author)mt22009-03-04

MINE 2!!!!!!!!!!!!

tristan993 (author)mt22009-03-04

me too!!

fungus amungus (author)mt22009-03-04

But then the contest would only be open for one day!

theXmaker (author)2009-03-04

Why Lebanon Not Included ?????????

dodo91 (author)2009-03-03

what / where is thinkgeek? this info would be nice to have, semshow i enterd this thing.

ErVaK (author)2009-03-03

Wow random countrys available why aren't some places available

=SMART= (author)2009-03-02

Cool, but do we have to BUY from thinkgeek ? can similar or the same gadget be hacked and entered ? will the ThinkGeek judges be biased towards actual thinkgeek products ? Also aren't the TGeek judges mare likley to choose an expensive product that has been hacked, so it the ible will get thousands of view and they will get higher sales ? Im sure the judges are fair and cool but i'm just looking at this from a business point of view

fungus amungus (author)=SMART=2009-03-02

The requirement is that it is a ThinkGeek product (look at their site) that is modified. The judges will be looking at the best hack, period. If you want to look at it from a business point of view you could argue that pretty much any price point would be advantageous. The more expensive item would get a few more sales or the least expensive item would get a lot more sales. But really, it's not all about generating more sales of items. More about ThinkGeek interacting with its own audience in a new way.

=SMART= (author)fungus amungus2009-03-02

Ok cool, ill try to find something cheap to hack :P

becava (author)2009-03-01

I'm sad Mexico is not welcome, I'm already buy from them some things in the past.

Booyaka3 (author)2009-02-27


comodore (author)2009-02-26

Ahh... No Serbia, but why???

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