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How To Enter the ThinkGeek Hacks Contest

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The gadgets and toys offered by the monkeys at ThinkGeek 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.

Prizes

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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noahw5 years ago
*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!
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_B5 years ago
QUE?!?! NO MEXICO?!?!

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:

http://www.instructables.com/group/mexicaninstructabler/

Viva...
aufachse55 years ago
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!
For this contest, it has to be a thinkgeek item.
poo i have three great ideas that arent close to being anything on the site like, nothing i could change would be my idea
ordory5 years ago
Hi guy's, is Mexico wellcome?
Sorry, Mexico is not on the list.
is canada?
Yup, it's on the list.
what about Philippines!?!?
what about Argentina? also, i cant buy any TG products, or would take lotsa money and time.....
Check the list!
Ahhhh-Riba !!
mexicofan.jpg
That made me smile...
Likewise.
too bad i can't enter ...
where are you from?
Mexico , (is that EXPENSIVE THE SHIPPING!?!)
giggle...
dodo91 ordory5 years ago
I dont think so. its not on the list.
nepheron5 years ago
I won't let me post my instructable in this contest! It says that this contest is not open for entries yet... ? -Nepheron
Your most recent Instructable was published before the contest started so it's not eligible.
:( oh :(
what's happenned whit spain ? dude!
Doctor What5 years ago
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?
I read through the rules, but didn't find my answer...
As with all the contests, the dates refer to the publish date.
mt25 years ago
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 mt25 years ago
MINE 2!!!!!!!!!!!!
tristan993 mt25 years ago
me too!!
But then the contest would only be open for one day!
theXmaker5 years ago
Why Lebanon Not Included ?????????
dodo915 years ago
what / where is thinkgeek? this info would be nice to have, semshow i enterd this thing.
ErVaK5 years ago
Wow random countrys available why aren't some places available
=SMART=5 years ago
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
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