Annual Stupid Robot Contest

Forget world domination, the next big thing in robotics is stupid robot tricks by useless robots. The classic rules of robotics get replaced with:1. It must be mechanical2. It must be completely useless from a societal point of view.3. It must make people laugh. Linkvia Neatorama

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Are any of the contests annual? If so, which ones? Answered

I want to know if some of the contests here will happen more then once, because there are some contests that are done that I want to enter if they happen again.

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Upcoming Contests- Any Predictions?

Hey everyone... curious Maker has just one burning question for the Instructable Old-timers: Besides Halloween, are there any other Annual Contests that we can reliably look forward to?

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Our second annual Fashion Contest is starting on Monday!

Are you getting ready for spring and summer by sewing up some new fancy clothes? Do you make your own shoes? Have a pattern for a purse you'd love to share with us? We want to see what you're making! The Fashion Contest is back and Singer has provided some fabulous sewing machines and dress forms again this year. (Huge thanks to Singer!) Last year's contest was amazing - we can't wait to see what the community comes up this year! The contest will be open March 25 through May 6, so you've got lots of time to strut your stuff. :D P.S. - Make sure not to publish before the 25th! Click through above to see all the prizes and learn more.  

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Contest Deadlines Extended!

As many may have noticed, there was an issue with the site last night.  We are sorry for any inconvenience this may have caused and we are aware 4 contests ended last night at midnight.  To make up for the issue, we are extending the deadline for the following contests until tonight (October 16, 2012) at midnight PST: 3rd Annual Make it Stick Contest Hands-On Learning Contest Halloween Photo Editing Contest Halloween Paint and Draw it Contest Please continue to post your Instructables and enter the Contests!  If you run into any issues, please feel free to PM me or email info@instructables.com.

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Flower Contest Winners Announced!

Instructables is happy to announce the winners of the [/contest/flowercontest Flower Contest!].Flower of all kinds were submitted and we were thrilled to see the creativity involved in each one. This contest also looks to have brought in some new family members related to users who have been here for a while. Kitewife joined Kiteman, linuxmom joined her son LinuxH4x0r, and Lil Mrs. Rig It has joined Mr. Rig It.It's great to see that the DIY spirit thrives through whole families and across generations. It's a beautiful thing.OK, on with the winners! First PrizeThe authors of these Instructables will each receive a Fiskars Bypass Pruner and an Instructables Robot t-shirt. How to Make an Easy Inverted Planter by laminterious How to make paper daffodils and narcissi!by stinkymum Flower Whirligig Robogigithingy by caitlinsdad Second Prize The authors of these Instructables will each receive an Instructables Robot t-shirt. Dried roses the easy way How to Update Your Garden Annually for Flowers, Veggies, or Vines. How to Draw a Love Flower A flowered baby blanket.

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PC Game Idea Contest

Hey Gamers! Its the 1st annual GameNox PC game competition! You could be the next Game Designer! Have you ever had a good idea for a game but didn't want to learn to code games? Well now is your lucky day! Just email gamenox@yahoo.com or visit our contest website. The more information you provide the better your chance of winning. The grand prize winner will receive:   Your game 5 weeks before it is even released. The first GameNox game no one else has even seen!  A free member-exclusive copy of 1945. Virtual trophy. A copy of GameNox Browser Flux. In-game and website credit. 10 random entries will receive: The winner's game 2 weeks before it is released. A copy of GameNox Browser Flux. A free member-exclusive copy of 1945. Offical Rules: No purchase necessary. Making purchase will not increase your chance of winning. Open to legal residents of the U.S. By entering this contest you give GameNox the right to use your first name or a username in game and on GameNox websites. (C) Copyright GameNox 2011

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Back-room inventors' contest.

From the Popular Science website: World-changing devices don't need to come from big labs funded with big money. Sometimes radical technological innovations roll, whir, or fly out of basements and garages. Do you know you've invented something that's poised to disrupt a market, or have you toiled building prototype after prototype in your home workshop to prove your idea works? Whether you're a professional engineer working on a self-funded side project, a hobbyist who has launched a successful crowdfunding campaign to refine your gadget, or an obsessive teenager who's built a sellable product in your bedroom, please tell us about it! Enter the seventh annual Popular Science Invention Awards. We’re looking for game-changing products developed by passionate, independent inventors -- not academic or corporate R&D; labs. Popular Science editors will pick 10 entries that best represent the spirit of homegrown ingenuity and solve real-world problems in a practical, innovative way. Then, in our May 2013 issue, seven million readers will get the first look at the winners. This is right up your street, Instructablers, because you have to make a thing, that you can show working, and you are not allowed to enter if you have a commercial or university research department backing you up. Link for more details.

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Darn it, missed the TShirt Hack deadline

Anyways, will this contest will be an annual one, like next year? Lots of tshirts waiting... Feel so drained and exhausted.

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Venus Zine Craft-off Contest

Got a clever handmade gift idea? Does it cost less than $40 to produce? Want to share your project with the world? If you answered yes to these questions, you should totally enter Venus Zine’s 4th Annual Craft-Off Contest, a competition pitting the craftiest in the land against one another to come up with the best, most creative, most fantabulous DIY creations imaginable ... on a budget.Winners will be chosen from the submissions received, and the best projects will be featured in the winter 2008–2009 issue of Venus Zine, on newsstands December 1. Winners will receive a four-issue subscription to Venus Zine — additional prizes to be announced (keep checking back!). Winners will be featured fancy pants–style in the magazine (photo and bio and all) in addition to venuszine.com.RULES SHMULES- Your project should be an innovative, unusual creation using materials whose total cost does not exceed $40. We’re looking for jewelry, clothing, home décor, furniture, bags, accessories, bath and body works, pet goodies, and whatever else you can think of. Try to come up with unexpected uses for objects, or put a new spin on an old favorite. Surprise us with your boundless creativity. The mission is to create gifts to give during the holiday season, but your project doesn’t need to be holiday-themed.- Your entry consists of two parts:1. Digital photographs of your project: We will not actually run your photos, so don’t worry about doing a high-tech photo shoot. Instead, we will conduct our own photo shoot for the magazine.2. A set of instructions for assembling it. How-tos should be concise but sufficiently detailed so that Venus Zine readers may replicate your work. Please include a materials list that gives the approximate cost of each material.- Any Venus Zine reader is welcome to participate, whether you’re a DIY businessperson or just have a flair for the crafty. Unfortunately, if you’re related to a Venus Zine staffer, you cannot apply. (You know how it goes – we wouldn’t want it to look like we’re biased.)HOW TO SUBMIT YOUR BRILLIANT IDEA- E-mail jpegs of your Craft-off Contest submission along with how-to instructions to craftoff@venuszine.com .- All entries must be received by September 18, 2008, to be considered. We will notify you if you are a winner.- You may submit up to five projects.Ladies and gentlemen, fire up your glue guns, rev up your sewing machines, and show us what you’re made of!PRIZESInterested in applying to be a Craft-off Contest prize sponsor? Get in touch with Anne Brindle at anne@venuszine.com for details. Keep checking back! Prizes will be announced soon.

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Halloween 2014

Halloween 2014 Our annual Halloween Contest may be half a year away, but we're so excited we wanted to start the conversation about it now! As with previous years, this contest is open to Instructables posted from November 12, 2013 onwards is eligible. So you can post your scary creations right now and be eligible when the Halloween Contest goes live September 12, 2014. The categories this year are: costumes, props, decorations, and food. We want to be blown away by your creepy creativity! To help get those juices flowing, here's some outstanding content from previous years. Winning costume from 2013: Killer Predator Costume Winning decoration from 2012: Giant Tentacle Monster Want more insight? Here's links to previous years Halloween Contests to get your brain juices flowing: Halloween 2013 Costumes Halloween 2013 Decorations Halloween 2013 Food Halloween 2012 Props Halloween 2012 Decorations Halloween 2011 Halloween 2010 Halloween 2009 Got prize ideas? We want to hear them! We're hoping to make this Halloween Contest even bigger than last year, with mega prizes in each of the categories (costumes, props, decorations, and food). Share your ideas in the comments below!

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NASA Contest update, updated 2nd March 09

I thought I'd update you all on the NASA contest.Since I'd almost forgotten I'd even entered, it probably means you've forgotten as well.Thor's Shotgun is currently in 57th position, with 243 views.The Cuttlefish Drive is currently 18th place, with 942 views.More views from you, dear readers, will of course improve my results.(You may consider this to be an invitation to spam people...)UPDATEI received an email today:Is your entry to the Create the Future Design Contest among the top winners? Find out on Tuesday, March 10 at 11:00 am Eastern.Join Tech Briefs Media Group and SolidWorks Corp. for a live Webcast announcing the Grand Prize, Category, and Popular Vote winners of the seventh annual contest.Speakers will include Jeff Ray, CEO of SolidWorks, and Linda Bell, Editorial Director of NASA Tech Briefs. Register today for this complimentary Webinar at: http://www.techbriefs.com/ctf2009 Good luck and thanks for participating!Unfortunately, I will be in a parents' meeting during the "webinar", so you might find out before me...(Crosses fingers)

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K'NEX Contest starting July 1, 2013

K'NEX CONTEST IS CLOSED! Check out the WINNERS! Update: August 20, 2013 The winners have been announced, check them out here. Thanks again everyone for such amazing entries. We had 12 judges rack their brains over all the entries, the tallied results were very close - the sign of a very hard contest to judge. The technical merits of  the projects cannot be understated, all of the entries were original and very creative. Great work, look for something like this to happen again next year! Update: August 14, 2013 We've just wrapped up the K'NEX (and LEGO) contest(s), and I'm happy to say that you guys did not disappoint! With such a diverse and technical array of projects, I have my work cut out for me to try and pick the finalists. I'd like to thank everyone who entered, and a special thanks to those who created more than one entry. Before this contest started, running a K'NEX-themed contest was an unknown. The K'NEX community here has always been a strong and independent, and I didn't want to engage with you and run a contest if I couldn't serve your interests. There was some contention about hosting a contest that may (probably would) involve a fair amount of weaponry. While this is a valid concern I feel like that is part of the fabric that makes the community here so great. It was important for me to have a mix of projects that covered all areas of K'NEX. I am proud to say that the majority of the weapons that were entered were well photographed and professionally presented. I'm looking forward to making this an annual thing for you, but could use your feedback to make it even better next time! If you have any feedback on what you'd like to see differently please feel free to leave a comment below, or send me a PM. I'm going to hide out for the next few days and pour over the entries to try and nit-pick all 200 entries into just 18 finalists. Thank you, everyone, for making this contest such a success. _mike Editor of Play, Instructables.com

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Enter the 2010 Pi Day Bake Off

Serious Eats and ScienceBlogs team up to host another annual Pi Day Pie Bake Off, and you can win! Just make your favorite pie, take an awesome picture of it, and send in the photo and recipe for your chance to win $314.  Last year's winner?  Spicy Pi Bacon Squared Official rules and details here.

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Instructables Club for School?

Hey everyone, I am in high school, and I was just thinking it would be quite fun to have an Instructables club in our high school. I was just wondering if I have permission from the Instructables staff to start a club, because of all the copywright and whatnot. I was thinking of having annual contests, and the winners could get an Instructables Leatherman or something like that. I was also thinking of having the joined users from my school make a group to gather all of our ideas. Maybe the contestant in the contests could join our group and submit their Instructable, and the leaders of our club could decide a winner. Is this is good idea? And do I have permission? Suggestions are always welcome! Oh yea, when everyone sees use walking around in Robot-T-shirts, who wouldn't want to join? -Thanks -Brennn10

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ReadyMade Garden Challenge

Our friends at ReadyMade are holding their second annual Garden Challenge. If you're into gardening, reuse, or reclaiming space on a small budget (sound like anyone here?), this should be right up your alley.Here's the info:ReadyMade is looking for contenders for its Second Annual Garden Challenge. Winners will have their outdoor space published next spring and will vie for yet-to-be-determined-but-amazing prizes.Here are the parameters:1. ReadyMade gives you $3002. You take that loot and transform your outdoor space (whether it be an actual garden, a stoop, a rooftop, or even a window box) in an innovative way. The transformation can include any of the following: creative landscaping, outdoor furniture/firepits/fountains, edible gardens, and so forth.Bonus points go to those who incorporate:-native plants-water catchments or grey water systems-food farming-salvage/reused objects3. You send in photos of your work by Sept 1. Our panel of judges selects winners, then we send out a photographer to shoot the garden by end of September.To submit ideas, take a "before" shot of the garden/stoop/roof/sill you plan to redo, and draw up a sketch or list of projects/plantings you plan to implement and email the lot by August 1st, 2008 to: shana (at) readymademag.com. You'll then have one month to perform your magic.Attached is an example of a winning entry from our first garden challenge. Derek's submission of backyard camping projects was so good, we hired him.Many thanks,The ReadyMakers

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Recycled Regatta

Saluda Shoals Park in Columbia SC is hosting its First Annual Recycled Regatta! Its a build your own boat contest. All you have to do is collect recyclables, trash or anything that would normally wind up in a landfill. Build a boat with the items and bring it to the Park May 10th! You must register no later than May 1 2008. Boats will be judged on creativity, best use of materials, best sinker and speed/agility! There will be some really sweet prizes - so start making your boat today! Boats must hold at least one person! Boats also must be human powered! No motors or trained dolphins! This is a new activity for the 2008 Earth Fair event (5th year running) We will continue to have all the normal environmental educational booths, canoe and kayak demos, mountain bike demos, fly fishing classes, bird walks and more! This is an awesome event! We hope to see you there! Email me for more info!

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Dance of the Scientists

So you think you can defend your research in front of a panel of experts? How about if you had to do it... with interpretive dance.No, this is not a joke. This is the first annual Dance Your Ph.D. Contest. Read this description and hit the link for videos of the dances....the diversity of the dancers was nothing compared with the diversity of their output. The graduate student category is a case in point. The first dance, Gruetzbauch's 30-second galactic tango, focused on one phenomenon: the capture of a galaxy by a larger one. Schraffl gave us raw data—a small scene from Il pittore parigino by Domenico Cimarosa—without analysis or metaphor. Sven Ramelow did a bit of both. His quantum physics Ph.D. title allowed him to make a play on words: The acronym SPUC is a homophone of a German word for ghost, and hence the scary sheet dance. Meanwhile, he used a laser light attached to his head to illustrate the strangely behaving photons he studies. (Very clever.) But then came Brian Stewart.No one was surprised when he scooped the prize. For one thing, Stewart wore nothing but a shimmering, translucent loin cloth. (That's worth a few bonus points in my book.) But the judges told me afterward that his dance stood out because it accomplished two things at once. Most importantly, "he connected with the audience," said Pastorini. "That is the purpose of dance: to create emotions." A big help was his choice of music a jazz interpretation of African Pygmy tribal music by Herbie Hancock which created an atmosphere of funky ancientness. Dance Your Ph.D. Contestvia Neatorama

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Instructables - Finalist for Best User-Generated Content Award in the Crunchies

Instructables is a finalist in the category of "Best user-generated content site" in the Crunchies. As described on the site, the Crunchies are the first annual competition and award ceremony to recognize and celebrate the most compelling startups, internet and technology innovations of the year. The Crunchies is a collaboration project between GigaOm, Read/WriteWeb, VentureBeat and TechCrunch. Best of all, the internet community is invited to choose who wins.The winner is determined by voting by the internet at large. You can vote once a day until voting ends at midnight PST Thursday, January 10. Award winners will be announced live at the Awards Ceremony at the Herbst Theater in San Francisco on Friday, January 18.Perhaps you've been thinking that your project was the underdog in our Laser Cutter Contest, well now it's the same for Instructables! Check out our competition!:DiggFacebookGeniYelpWe are by far the smallest and least well-funded of the contenders, so it's really a testament to how awesome the Instructables community is that we're able to even appear among these giants. Given the nature of the voting, I'd bet Digg is in the lead, but head over, show your support, and vote for Instructables:http://vote.crunchies.techcrunch.com/category/view/ugc

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Games4Girls Competition

This is an awesome competition for any girls interested in computer games. The computer science department at the University of Illinois has a annual contest called Games4Girls (G4G). Teams of up to 5 college women collaborate to build a computer games designed for girls in middle school and high school.  Cash prizes are offered along with donations to your schools department. The best part  is you don't need to have any programming experience.  Teams are required to use the Game Maker development platform to put their games together.  Game Maker has an easy to learn drag and drop interface that has a built in programming language for customization. I actually formed a team at my school, Union College.  We had registered and everything, but we started collaborating on the project in January near the registration deadline and we found we didn't have enough time to build a full game by the deadline (April 5th).  If this sounds like a fun event, contact a professor at your school this summer or the beginning of the academic year and form a team ASAP.  Registration Deadline for Competition - 1/22/2010 Game Submission - 4/5/2010 website: http://cs.illinois.edu/outreach/games4girls

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Kid wins $10k for K'NEX rollercoaster

Ian Culhane won $10,000 for designing a 7-foot-tall toy roller coaster. Not bad for a 10-year-old."It's money for college," the aspiring engineer from Olympia, Wash., said Thursday about the savings bond.Ian's creation was on display at the Toys "R" Us store in Times Square, where he accepted the prize from the president of K'NEX Brands, a building toy company in Hatfield, Pa.The boy, who first started playing with building sets when he was 4, was one of thousands of children ages 6 to 12 who entered the annual contest.Ian began the project last summer, using 6,000 plastic parts from his collection of 15,000 to assemble the roller coaster, which runs through the body of a dragon.Two months ago, his parents packed it up and shipped it off for the contest. Just recently, his parents told him he won."It was like, whoa! Huh? I didn't think I'd win, 'cause there were so many other good ones," he said.A panel of judges comprised of K'NEX employees selected semifinalists based on the creativity, uniqueness and detail of the projects. It had to be made exclusively from K'NEX parts.An online vote determined 10 winners and Joel Glickman, an inventor with the toy company, chose Ian as the grand prize winner. The nine others each won $1,000 savings bonds.In New York for the first time, Ian, his 14-year-old sister and their parents stayed at a hotel he called "pretty fancy for us. We always stay at a Motel 6."While he was disappointed he couldn't spend any of the prize money, his father, a hydrogeologist, gave him $100 to spend at a toy store.What will he buy? More plastic building parts.link

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Float Your Boat Challenge

<br /> [BCITSA YouTube Chanel] Recently, the BCIT Student Association (BCITSA) hosted a 2-day 'Float Your Boat' competition for the Marine Engineering Students at the Marine Campus in North Vancouver. Contestants were supplied with ‘surprise’ materials to construct their vessels with; materials included plastic garbage bags, popsicle sticks, bamboo skewers, aluminum foil, string, plastic party cups and tape. Teams of 2-3 were given an hour to become acquainted with the surprise materials, then design and construct a sea-worthy vessel. Boats were then raced in heats on the indoor pool, using human-powered fans for wind, to determine who had the fastest time. Prizes were awarded for: Fastest Boat, Most Creative Team and Best Overall Design, all donated by local businesses. I attended just to check out the scene, but the event was also covered by local news media and has since been broadcast on stations in Metro Vancouver, as well as printed publications. Pretty awesome for a low-budget student association! And there's more, the BCITSA has a history of hosting awesome events for students, such as: 3rd Annual Flying Extravaganza, where students at the Aerospace Campus in Richmond, BC "construct planes from everyday office supplies, with the winners chosen based on the distance they can safely land their lego pilots. Additional prizes go to those with best design and best crash." CTV News coverage (youtube video) Engineering Week, hosted at the BCIT Main Campus in Burnaby, BC, where electronic, mechanical and civil engineers compete in tower building, catapult destruction and racing CO2 powered cars, all made from everyday office supplies. As well as the competition Engineering Students brought along projects they have been working on to share with their fellow students, there was even a real live Angry Birds game being played. CityTV News coverage (youtube video) Facebook photos Aside from a much needed break from studies, challenges like these put on by the BCITSA pushes students use creative solutions learned in class with hands-on problem solving, turning academics into tangible results.

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