its quite correct to say "its wrong to spend money on something in order to win a contest! " but since its only 250 dollars, i doubt there will be few people doing that. i am guessing that the people who are entering have been intrigued with starting a project and just needed a little something to pull them out of their inertia. i am planning a project that will involved el wire. ( i have ALWAYS loved that neon lighting, and now its the TRON visual effect) however, my plans will just be starting as the voting is concluded. but thats okay for me because it will give me ideas on how to make my project better.