Introduction: Lessons Learned From the 2015 Instructables Makerspace Contest

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So here we are in the final moments of the 2015 Instructables Makerspace Contest. What a ride!I had a great time and look forward to the next makerspace contest!

Here are a few observations, thank yous and pics of my favorite projects from the contest.

Step 1: My Team Is Awesome!

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I have a small maker family that has come together over the last few years. They are some of the best friends I have and we work together very well. This would not have been possible without them. Makerspace is a state of mind!

Step 2: You Need to Have a Title Card

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Having a nice title card with a clear project title and clear image is essential to getting page views and getting featured. Quality ibles are all about the little details!

Step 3: Those Canadians Are Fierce!

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Being neck and neck with Yukon Makers over the past few months was quite a challenge! Well played guys- you have an awesomely creative community up there! You really pushed us to bring our A game.

Step 4: Instructables Is Great Community

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The support and communication from the Instructables staff and the input from the other authors and readers really made this past few months a great learning experience! The exposure to ideas around here is wonderful. There are a lot of people reading what we do and adding their own spin to it. One of my projects for this contest was even featured on Hackaday (my breadboard prototyping module)! That was an incredible surprise.

Thanks Carley and Co. for making this possible. This contest pushed me to nearly triple my posted project and my quality has improved greatly. At one point, I wrote seven instructables in one day.

OK I'm taking a break for a few days. Last one out turn off the laser cutter.


YuKonstruct (author)2015-09-08

Thank you for motivating our members to post more instructables every week!

EurekaFactory (author)2015-09-01

Truly an awesome summer contest! Thanks Instructables! We had a blast, learned a lot and can't wait to do it again next year. And thanks to our frenzy of making, we've got an awesome Eureka Factory booth display for all our fall events!

Steve99and04 (author)2015-09-01

If the Canadians were Fierce, what about the Brits? :-)

lebowski (author)2015-09-01

Awesome work Chuck! Thanks for participating.

Chuck Stephens (author)2015-08-31

I just went and counted and I increased my posts by 200% with the makerspace contest- from 21 before the contest started to 63 now that it's ended! Whew!

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