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Eric Wilhelm wins TR35 Innovation Award Answered

Sharing your projects and ideas on Instructables is now officially a Big Idea.

Eric just won the TR35 award for top innovators under 35 from MIT's Technology Review magazine for his work with Instructables; check out the press release below, and read about the other winners.

I'm pretty psyched to be part of this site, as we're clearly doing something exciting and important -- it's especially neat to be an early adopter with the power to change the way society works.

-- Christy



Project-Sharing Website Creator Named Top Young Innovator


San Francisco, CA - August 19, 2008 -- Eric Wilhelm has been recognized by Technology Review magazine as one of the world's top innovators under the age of 35 for creating Instructables.com, the Internet's #1 project-sharing website.

Instructables.com began as a way for Eric to document his engineering work and grad-school kitesurfing projects, and has evolved into a world-wide hub for documenting and sharing creative projects. The site's simple, elegant step-by-step format provides an intuitive platform that allows anyone to publish their project, complete with pictures, text, and embedded video.

In a world of mass-produced culture, hand-making and personalizing is experiencing a resurgence, and people everywhere are reviving classic skills and technologies. Instructables is the hub of this movement, providing a social and interactive environment to demonstrate amazing projects and ideas. The site dramatically lowers the barrier to sharing projects, enabling crafters, modders, engineers, artists, cooks, bicyclists, and techies to gather and share their work freely, and where cross-pollination is actively encouraged.

"Everyone wants to be a creator, not just a consumer," Eric explains. "We bring passionate people together to learn from each other. Instructables makes it cool to be smart."

Instructables is also a valuable educational resource. Parents and teachers rely on Instructables as a source of project ideas, and students maintain their personal portfolios at the site. By coupling old-fashioned tinkering with thoughtful discussion and long-distance collaboration, Instructables has begun to revolutionize learning and innovation.

Eric Wilhelm and the other TR35 winners for 2008 will be featured in the September issue of Technology Review magazine and honored at the EmTech08 Conference.

"The TR35 honors young innovators for accomplishments that are poised to have a dramatic impact on the world as we know it," said Jason Pontin, editor in chief and publisher of Technology Review magazine, "We celebrate their success and look forward to their continued advancement of technology in their respective fields."

About Eric Wilhelm:
Eric earned his SB, SM, and Ph.D. degrees in mechanical engineering from MIT, where he developed methods to print electronics and micro-electromechanical systems using nanoparticles. He co-founded Squid Labs, an innovation and design partnership, and a number of Squid Labs spin-off companies including Potenco, producing a human-powered generator for cell phones and laptops; Makani, an energy company seeking to harness high-altitude wind; OptiOpia, developing low-cost portable vision-testing and lens-fabricating devices; and Instructables, a collaborative how-to site that helps people document and share a process or skill. See Eric's How To Start A Business Instructable for the more detailed story.

About Instructables.com:
Instructables is the most popular Do It Yourself community on the Internet. Started in August 2005, Instructables provides accessible tools and publishing instructions to enable passionate, creative people to share their most innovative projects, recipes, ideas, and hacks. The site is currently home to over 14,000 projects covering such diverse areas as crafts, art, kids, electronics, pets, bikes, cars, robotics, green projects, and cooking.

About Technology Review, Inc.:
Technology Review, Inc., an independent media company owned by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, is the authority on the future of technology, identifying emerging technologies and analyzing their impact for leaders. Technology Review's media properties include Technology Review magazine, the oldest technology magazine in the world (founded in 1899); the daily news website TechnologyReview.com; and events such as the annual EmTech Conference at MIT.

Contacts
For Instructables:
Christy Canida, 510-931-5622
press (at) instructables (dot) com

For Technology Review:
Sarah Mees, 978-208-1499
press (at) technologyreview (dot) com

More news and press about Instructables here.

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gwrober (author)2008-09-19

Congrats Eric and crew - love the site!

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dontno (author)2008-09-18

Congratulations It's a great achievement. You've made us proud in the Instructables Community. May you have continued success in all your future ventures.

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bsarules (author)2008-09-18

way to go dude this is an awesome website! It should inspire scientists of all ages!

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Tomton (author)2008-09-16

Excellent work! Congratulations, you certainly changed the way I think about things by creating this site.

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Ludwig Gunner (author)2008-09-11
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Yerboogieman (author)2008-09-09
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Jake Turner (author)2008-09-09

Good deal, man, you earned it!

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Zsenike (author)2008-09-05
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rush_elixir (author)2008-09-04

Congratulations Eric from instructable fans in the philippines and from me. God speed and keep up the good work

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Kozz (author)2008-09-03

We've known for some time that user-generated content is the the way to do things... Congrats to Eric for finding a fantastic niche, and congrats as well to all the contributors of Instructables who've proven Eric's genius!

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lennyb (author)2008-09-02

hey way ta go eric. you totally kicked the competitions butts. heh heh good show.

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YummyPancakes (author)2008-08-30

Wow! I predict some future Instructables members coming 'round the corner...

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comodore (author)2008-08-29

Congratulations Eric!!! You really deserve the reward and much more! This is the best site and I am proud to be a part of this site! CONGRATULATIONS (again) :)

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Skyfinity (author)2008-08-26

How Appropriate and well deserved. Instructables really is a hub. I brought us all together to share our ideas and inspire new ones. I believe I speak for many others when I say that instructables is the best website ever created, and that I had no idea there were so many geeks out there who thought like me. You have indeed brought passionate people together Eric, which is more than just cool, or just smart, it's sincerely doing a service to all of us out here who love this site. Congrats Eric, for a job well done.

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Shomen (author)2008-08-25
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Hoopajoo (author)2008-08-25

Congratulations Eric! We knew you were good...really, REALLY good, but THIS takes the cake!

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T3h_Muffinator (author)2008-08-25

Whoa! Congratulations Eric!

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jakee117 (author)2008-08-25

congrats! and thanks for making the site, it rules! you should have gotten the award a long time ago!

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Derin (author)2008-08-20

Congratulations!*claps for an hour* I think that this is a very good thing for Instructables!

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Plasmana (author)Derin2008-08-20

LOL! Your hand must sore after clapping for so long!

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Horny Toad (author)2008-08-22

Eric- Congratulations from the Toads. You helped to provide a great resourse for fun, entertainment, and knowledge. Cheers!

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skunkbait (author)2008-08-21
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puffyfluff (author)2008-08-21

That is awesome! He definitely deserved it. This is the best site ever!!!!

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caitlinsdad (author)2008-08-19

Congrats. I thought he was much older, or is it aged on a curve?

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canida (author)caitlinsdad2008-08-19

He's actually 53, but thankfully the TR35 folks are dyslexic.

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puffyfluff (author)canida2008-08-21

Awesome! He's good enough to get 18 years of his life subtracted!

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bumpus (author)canida2008-08-19

Hehe, I added you comment to the forum comment slideshow.. :D

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Keith-Kid (author)canida2008-08-19
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killerjackalope (author)2008-08-21

This is great, Eric definitely deserves recognition for all the things he does, hell a medal for the titles isn't out of the question...

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Mr. Rig It (author)2008-08-21

Good job Eric! (clapping for you)

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Noodle93 (author)2008-08-20

Mega, mega kudos. As a user I'd like to say thank you for lowering my school grades and giving me an outlet for aimless leisure. :D Congrats.

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lawizeg (author)2008-08-20

Well, instructables DID change my life....

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Kiteman (author)2008-08-20

Quite right too.

World-changing, life-changing.

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Masher1 (author)2008-08-20

Good job, Top marks Eric!

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Plasmana (author)2008-08-20
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KaptinScarlet (author)2008-08-20

Congrats, always nice to be recognised for the genius you are!

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Goodhart (author)2008-08-19

VERY COOL nonetheless....

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Goodhart (author)Goodhart2008-08-20

We can only grow from here on in :-)

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aeromancy (author)2008-08-20

Congratulations! Great job Eric!

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ll.13 (author)2008-08-20