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Format Boredom

I'm formatting another computer, and it's taking a bloody eternity. Any ideas on what to do to pass the time?

Topic by BOOM5601    |  last reply


Motors, time and boredom

I have been collecting motors for a while now, and have no idea what to do with them. They range from 5-12VDC, brushed, brushless, stepper, etc. Any potential ideas for projects would be appreciated.  Thanks!

Topic by dansassin    |  last reply


In Boredom We are Inspired.

We all have been bored at some point in our life. Most of the time when we're bored we let our true nature come out. Songs have been writen this way. If you even tap your finger at school at the end of a test that means you enjoy music or making it. What have you been inspired to do, or make from boredom? I have made many plans and ideas from my bored. i.e. 4 wheel bike (not tried) Custom shirts ( a work in progress) Duct Tape stuff ( oh what a success!)

Topic by Matt21497    |  last reply


Just Because I'm Bored

Are you bored? I am. So, because I'm so bored, I am staring out the window, pondering life's questions. Here's the view from my window, so we can all stare together.

Topic by Spl1nt3rC3ll    |  last reply


I'm bored!

 I'm really bored and I want to build something neat, can someone suggest something cool I could do with these parts?? Armed with soldering gun and other parts in my parts bins, I'm sure I could make something cool/useful?? (P.S as far as the capacitors, I wouldn't mind making a rail gun) I have this so far I want to use: Bank of capacitors (several large amplifier capacitors and some smaller power supply caps) One rather large relay switch (I tested it today, it works!) One "temporary" toggle switch, it does NOT stay on when you flick it, dual pole Does anyone have any idea?? I also have things like hundreds of smaller caps (is it possible to make an effective capacitor bank with tonnes of tiny capacitors?? I also have oodles of ferrite cores and RF chokes of different sizes (I was wondering, would the larger RF chokes I have, work as subwoofer coils??)

Topic by Punkguyta    |  last reply


Uses for cat hair (and boredom)

Something I always wanted to do was learn to spin yarn. So, I looked up online how they appeared, and made a spinner from an old hard drive, a paintbrush handle, a bread board, and another doo-hickewy, and set off.. First, I must say, I now know what it feels like to have a hairball)... From the photo, you can see that I have much more practice, if only I could bear eating Petromalt) My cats fur is short, and I had saved a container, which I had in the freezer for some time... The invention Kit-D-Sguise

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how do you make a art kit?how do you make a boredom kit? Answered

I need a art kit that has all the stuff a artist needs. Plus I am really BORED!!! PLEASSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSEEEEEEEEE HHHHHHHHHHHHEEEEEEEEEEEEEELLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLPPPPPPPPPPPPPPP!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Random Button

Instructables is in desperate need of a "Random Ible" button. I find that about 90% of the time that I've been browsing lately, I can never find something that is just intriguing. It would be useful to be able to click a button and be randomly sent to an Instructable on the database so I could find the interesting kinds of things that are hidden 10 pages in or more. It would be even better if there could be a classification with them that allows it to work like StumbleUpon, finding those projects that interest you based off of your taste. Am I the only one who wants such a button?

Topic by imagigadgets    |  last reply


Old xbox, xbox 360 hardrive(20g) WITH cable that attaches to xbox 360, What to do?

I want to make something with my original xbox and a xbox 360 20gb harddrive, Im willing to use other things. I just need ideas, Ive already made a computer in a xbox case, it works :D but I need more Ideas, can anyone help?

Question by BobbyTheNerd  


How Can I Keep A German Shepherd Puppy From Being Bored When Im At Work?

I have now sucessfully saved up enough money to get the puppy i have always wanted but i am afraid that it will get bored while i am at work and will wreck everything in the house any suggestions on what i could do?

Question by Bellah-Bee    |  last reply


Flash games

We all get bored at some point, right? Or we just want to slack off from school or work. So we play games we call flash games. Some of them completely suck, while some could have been sold for a price and been insanely successful (might be exaggerating a bit there). My point is what are some of your favorites? Personally I liked The Last Stand, Unreal Tournament, Tanks, and I can't remember any more right now...

Topic by wingman246    |  last reply


I have nothing fun to do...can you help? Answered

Hi. I'm 11 and I'm creative. Even though I'm creative i can't think of anything fun to do by myself or with my mom / dad. It can't cost over $30 either. Can you help me? Please?

Question by mirastar    |  last reply


where can you get altoids boxes?

 instead of purchasing in a publix, where else could you get altoid boxes for free????

Question by chocolate2410    |  last reply


Instructables Multilanguage

I have been playing with Google Translator and I made translations of Instructables.IMPORTANT UPDATEI've done this in Turkish and noticed that these are just gibberish.DON'T USE THESEArabicBulgarianCatalanChineseCroatianCzechDanishDutchEnglishFilipinoGermanI stopped at German from boredom.

Topic by Derin    |  last reply


Need Specialty Ammunition and New Body Designs

Im bored with a project that has great boredom defeating potential but i ran out of ideas, inspiration and bandaids... I need ideas for ammunition, body design, and trigger configuration.. and if possible an alternate cheap/ghetto igniter for a mini spud gun using a bic barrel Heres the gun:https://www.instructables.com/id/E3NW5HIF2NOBSD3/?commentflag=1188606456703#CH8BP93F5Y3YQZI

Topic by Grim    |  last reply


My New Knex Gun- DG12 Marksman rifle

Hello Knexers! this is a new gun that is unpostable due to a bug that won't let me upload images on 'create'.This is a rachet system slingshot rifle. It is good enough to be a snipers rifle, but due to the mediocre accuracy produced, I decided to make it a Marksman rifle. It is accurate up to 30ft or so, but its maximum range is about 60-80ft. The mechanism is always reliable (Thanks to I_am_Canadian's striker pistol) and never breaks. The gun is only 3-layers thick due to my lack of pieces. There is a foldable rear sight positioned at the front of the stock.  Ammo is variable from a blue rod with a red connector, all the way up to a grey/black/clear size with a red connector. I would not recommend this as a primary, due to the time taken to reload in all slingshots. If so make this a sort of secondary. Mods: Last two pictures Credit: I_am_Canadian for his striker pistol Dedicated to Geodez and DJRadio, who make me laugh (geodez) and dedicate time to help me (DJ).

Topic by ~Meme~    |  last reply


What are some good crafts that I could perhaps get into?

Basically I've been living in this boredom filled town and I've snapped, I can't handle the agonizing boredom any longer, and I am looking into all different kinds of hobbies and crafts that I could get into to pass the time, inspire me to be creative, impress people with, etc... I'm looking into hobbies or crafts that I could do on the go (On the go meaning, I travel to the park, work on whatever hobby or craft a little bit, get on my rollerblades, go to the canal, work on whatever hobby or craft a little, get on my rollerblades, etc...)... Paper clip art, weaving things (i.e. bracelets, necklaces), I don't really know, that's why I'm asking you guys. So the question is: Can you help me find some good hobbies that require me to make something from nothing. Taking a paperclip and turning it into a name, or taking some string and weaving it into a bracelet, those are my two best examples of the kind of crafts I'm looking into.  If you feel you have a great craft or hobby in mind that doesn't really sound like what I just described to you that I wanted, feel free to post it anyway. Please add source information to your answers as well. Thank you :)

Question by TarrantHightopp    |  last reply


Android Password Saver

The result of boredom. Numbers layer tells you what each dot is labeled. The x-y layers represent the paths. X is the first dot, y is the one you move to after that. Just make the layers visible. I didn't bother making any long diagonals because I didn't feel like it and they're hard to use anyways. I find it useful to load a jpg on my miniSD so if I forget, I can go back and see what it was before I unlocked it. (I know it's overdone, but if I'm going to be using it all the time, I might as well make it pretty)

Topic by puffyfluff    |  last reply


Paper wallet- What does it mean to you?

We're moving the furniture round you'll see. Back to normal it soon shall be. Meantime you can quit your boredom. Our paper wallet, oh so awesome. No bulky clips or zips to break. A simple wallet no loss at stake. The minutes few, they soon shall pass. For your efforts you'll have a blast. All you need is some printer paper. Grab some scissors and we'll see you later. When the furniture is back in place. Make a topic, it's your own space. Display that wallet and soon you'll see. Why this place means so much to me. Thanks I'bles.com!

Topic by Lftndbt    |  last reply


Of solder and circuits

To dodge an onslaught of summer boredom, I'd like to fart around with small scale electronics projects (LEDs, maybe a circuit board, etc.). I hope that by the time I finish farting around, I would have something nifty to post on this website. Unfortunately, I have little practical knowledge of this stuff (other than what I learned five years ago in high school electronics). I mean, I don't even know how one technically refers to "this stuff." Can anyone recommend some good books or a general method of wetting one's feet before jumping into the pond? Highly technical sources are obviously beyond me at this point, so I'm looking for introductory-level information that can be flexibly applied to whatever bizarre project pops into my mind on Friday afternoon.

Topic by ringtail.jack    |  last reply


In need of something amusing, and interesting to do. Can you help me? Answered

I have a disease *shudders* called SBS or Severe Boredom Syndrome. Yeah, yeah, I just made that up, but it's pretty miserable. So, I finish all of my schoolwork, and I hop on the computer. Then I waste my day, doing nothing, and feel depressed. So, with this, I ask you to help me find something to do, something that is fun, interesting, cool, and has nothing to do with the computer. Something that is easy, entertaining, and fun that I can do at home is perfect. Thank you so much! KK

Question by KottonKandy    |  last reply


the new shotgun on the block -EDIT-

-EDIT- Ok guys I sorry about not getting the pictures up but I do have an explanation. the picture shown was taken with my father's camera as I still cannot find the charging cable for mine. He "needs" his camera for work so I must wait indefinitely until I can "borrow" it to get some more pictures --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Modern Warfare 2 confiscated? No computer or tv until 4 o'clock? what am I supposed to do? Well here's the result of about 3 hours of boredom. Its a single shot shotgun that fires shells, however these shells are a red rod long and hold 3 white rods, plus reloading takes less than 10 seconds with a bit of practice. Range isn't too impressive, roughly 5 metres for 3 white rods and up to about 10 for a yellow.  More pictures will be up once I have finished exams on Friday this week,  45º handles FTL!!!

Topic by Fred the Penguin    |  last reply


Can someone tell me how I choose an electric motor, please?

 Hi Everybody, I've been away for a while, partly because my pc would not let me post to Instructables, and partly through illness. I will get to my projects very shortly and complete them. I need to buy an electric motor for a friends current project, but I don't know how to choose one wisely. Essentially it is a Ferris Wheel for Teddies, yes, really! We indulge our kids! We have worked out the frame weighs about 6 kilos and the contents will weigh about 30 kilos. The wheel will not spin at the centre, but at the edge, like a real Ferris wheel. So I think I will need a slow motor with high torque. Each revoloution should take about one hour (some of the kids are disabled and physically slow, plus if it goes slow enough they'll fall asleep through boredom! Only kidding! I really do need this slow) Additionally it would be great if the motor could be low voltage. So any tips on how I would achieve this, please?

Question by kevinhannan    |  last reply


Need Some Advice

Hello everyone, Figured i'd introduce myself in the form of a whiny, nooby topic. Guys, I have to say, I came to this site out of boredom, but having looked over some of the stuff you guys make, some of it is beautiful. I'm only 18, and i've grown up in a very fast-paced modern world.  I have no idea where to even start when it comes to things like this, my expertise is in computers, and Facebook, which blows. I saw some of Steampunkworkshop's work, and I would love to have a go at making a few little things for myself, but I have no idea on what I would need to buy. My level of knowledge in this field is zero, I have a soldering iron, and a VERY basic set of tools (hammers, screwdrivers etc.) If someone could link me to some useful posts, or if someone could drop a few bits of advice for me, in fact, if the mood took you, i'd be quite happy to have some of you guys as a mentor. Anyway, let me know what you think, it's all much appreciated. Glad to be a part of the community, hopefully i'll be getting to know a few of you. Thanks, Lewis

Topic by Lewisrc    |  last reply


BooHoo Previous Comment Persons

​Hello,  Reading some of instructables comments necessitates me to comment on you! I find Instructables as having interesting content which has appeal to a variety of people  regardless of their mental capacities.  Items portrayed on the site are creations of every class of people. Having a special talent, each of them feeling a little pride, bravely present their subject matter with instructions,  pictures, videos, FAQ, help? and their names are printed on the website. Speaking to the big shots who know it all.  This is not a specific website geared to the most intelligent humans like yourselves.  If it looks like a project for a 5 year old---it probably is! Clever mistake observers, nice of you to point it out.  Did you fail at the project?  Did you do something wrong?  If after you check yourself and it happens that you are right.  Why not have a little consideration, call or email Instructables, insuring the situation is clarified by the important people involved.  You would be saving the embarrassment, ridicule and self-esteem of an individual, or didn't you think of that? Instructables your website is unique, interesting, educational, subject matter is something about anything! The site has helped me babysit, fight boredom, release stress and laugh hysterically! Thank All of You at I.,  Amrie C

Topic by amrieC    |  last reply


Bike Powered Dog Treadmill

There are some days which my husky and I are unable to run outside. For those days, I use my exercise bike. But my husky is out of her mind with boredom if she cannot run. While I use my bike, I am wishing that it could power a treadmill for her to run on. I am aware that dog-powered (manual) and electric dog treadmills are available for purchase. I have visited sites that give instructions on how to make a dog-powered treadmill. And I know that a regular treadmill for humans can be used for dogs (with training). But I have a few reasons for leaning towards the idea of a bike-powered dog treadmill: 1) We workout together. Dog-powered treadmills usually require that the dog be constantly motivated to run, whether it be vocal cheering or physical nudges (or both). I do not think I will be able to exercise alongside her if I must stop to do this. 2) I do not want to use more electricity than I have to. We are all trying to save energy for whatever reason. So electric treadmills are a bit much. I am mechanically inclined, but I cannot produce plans of this scale. I am hoping that I do not need to do anything more than soldering or welding. Incorporating manufactured parts would be ideal. Any and all (practical, safe, and realistic) help would be greatly appreciated! Thank you, everyone! P.S. The use of any bike will do for this project. It does not have to be an exercise bike, though that would be nice as well.

Topic by RollieOlly    |  last reply


TARDIS Console Desk/Entertainment Center/Networking Area

In a few months, I'm going to be in a new place somewhere, and have three active computers at once, not counting laptops, and the husks of old machines. I am also running out of space for all of these things. I was trying to come up with design project to one-up my other home improvement geek friends from college, and it hit me: A TARDIS Console. Take three cheapo desks, cut the surfaces in half diagonally, and remount them on a slight angle in a hexagon. Mount the computer towers on odd segments, keyboards, phone, modem, router, etc on evens, sling a monitor on one of the segments, and throw some random sci-fi crap around it. Throw a big light or something in the center, leave some cables loose everywhere, and put a layer of appropriate paint on it. Instant TARDIS console. That's the basics of it. It wouldn't take too much money, but a bit of time to do properly, especially the angled stuff. Add a little extra cash and a lot of extra time, and maybe use plexiglass and put some LED's as backlight. Put old circuit boards under the plexiglass, maybe use an old laptop with nothing but screensaver on it on one of the panels, and put some extra time into decorating and it'll look great. Maybe even build in an amp and an old Yamaha keyboard for fun. This is just some speculation and a bit of boredom on my part. I just thought I'd throw this out there.

Topic by fluffywarthog    |  last reply


(newsletter) LED Ceiling Fan, Hot-Wire Nunchuks, Pulled Pork...

Sign-up for this newsletter: Welcome back! We still have three fantastic contests running!Art of Sound Contest - Win an incredible custom hi-fi tower set with subwoofer, monster speakers, and more!! Last chance to enter: this Sunday, July 26!Show off your creative cardboard skills in the Gorilla Glue Cardboard Contest and win a huge package of Gorilla Glue supplies and gear!Cook up something tasty for the Low & Slow BBQ Contest and win a Weber Smokey Mountain Cooker, and autographed copies of the new Low & Slow BBQ book! Help choose the winners by voting for your favorites in these contests: Pocket-Sized Contest - Help decide who wins a custom laser-etched Leatherman! Get in the Garden Contest - Help decide who wins a computer-controlled indoor composting machine from NatureMill! Make Pocket Drunken Robots An Improved Raised Bed Garden Make a Steampunk Pen Knife Ceiling Fan LED Display Enter your audio project now! Closes this Sunday! Maker Tin PVC Fruit Picker 8-Track Walkman Make Pulled Pork Submit a cardboard creation and win a prize pack from Gorilla Glue! Cook up something tasty! Run Ethernet and Phone on Cat-5 Cable Wearable Sound-to-Light Display Pocket Screwdriver Pocket Sized Soldering Kit Help decide who wins the Leatherman! Help decide who wins the composter! Anti-Boredom Pocket Kit Make a Book Headboard! Build an Attractive Upside Down Planter Hot-Wire Foam Cutting Nunchucks Sign-up for this newsletter:

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DarkOwlKnex's Project Update Three

I've been doing a lot of stuff the past week.  I have to memorize songs for band, do summer homework, yada, yada, yada.  But, as always, I've found time for K'nex, and this is what I've come up with.  If there's enough interest in any combination of these, I'll post accordingly. The first picture is of the 'collaboration project' I had with Dr. Richtofen.  X3  It really wasn't a collaboration...  It was really me looking back through Dr. Richtofen's many successful attempts at a non-shooting Walther PPK and trying to make them shoot.  When I was finished building, I realized something: there was no firing pin for the gun that would make sense; the red rod was too short (it didn't reach the end of the barrel) and the black rod was too long (it stuck out the end).  I could've used a red rod firing pin and jammed the bullets down the barrel, (it was a singleshot) but I thought better of it.  I'd say at least 50% credit goes to Dr. Richtofen for that project.  The second picture is just a random little pistol I made out of boredom after scrapping the PPK.  it was cute and compact, but the next day, after I woke up at three in the morning because I couldn't sleep, I had a revelation...   What if I used the type of trigger off of The Racker Rifle (link below) on a mag in the handle gun, and positioned it just perfectly as to have the trigger block behind the handle.  I'd then give it removable magazines like on Blue Mullet's K'nex Handle Removable Pistol (link below).  The last three pictures are the result of about an hours work so far; I may update again soon. (Oh, and the Elvis mouse pad is my Dads, not mine; my Dad's a big fan, obviously.) The Racker's The Racker Rifle: https://www.instructables.com/id/The-Racker-Rifle/ Blue Mullet's K'nex Handle Removable Pistol: https://www.instructables.com/community/Knex-Handle-removable-magazine-pistol/ Thanks for viewing! UPDATE:  The big pistol thing is now named George, and I have pictures of it completed structurally, and internally.  It is now in Pre-Beta. UPDATE/NOTE: The internals you see in the last picture won't work, sadly.  I've updated it so that it now functions.

Topic by DarkOwlProductions  


A bit of a painting project I've started (3rd UPDATE)

Me and my gf have decided to tackle a project recently out of curiosity and boredom. My Ariens YT12 could use a new painting. I had took the angle grinder to the a$$ end of the tractor and cleaned up the rusted parts and scraped up the painted areas. I had a fight with the angle grinder for a brief few seconds and messed up my arm a bit, so I decided not to do any more grinding with the wire cup. I've since put on a couple coats of black spray enamel paint, and I've even painted over other areas too not just the rust spots, I tried to wipe down the machine with a wet cloth the best that I could. I've given it a few coats but I might have to go around yet and touch up some other spots, I DO plan on doing more painting to the frame soon, but maybe when it's nicer out and not so windy. Heres the kicker, when my gf gets home, we've already cut out some really neat looking stencils and we plan on spray-painting the hood of the tractor, I'm not sure if I should rough up the surface first or just leave it be and clean it with a wet cloth before painting. It's going to be the coolest looking hood ever (I hope if it turns out how I'm hoping). Stay tuned I'll upload MOAR pictures soon! Update!!!! I've added some more pictures I just took them after peeling the stencil off my tractor's hood. I got more paint splatter than I would have liked, but overall I'm pleased with how it came out. I have MORE pictures to come as I finish the black stripe. 2nd Update: I just peeled the painters tape off and I like how clean-cut the stripe looks, however there was some seepage and I need to touch it up. 'Should still make the neighbors jealous though. 3rd Update: I've put the hood back ON the tractor, and I think it looks pretty damn snazzy if you ask me! Check out the last picture in the list to see what I'm talking about!

Topic by Punkguyta    |  last reply


Story of a spelling mistake

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Or just laugh at the annoyed faces of grammar pendants as you watch Steven fry shame them.  Now recently I made an instructable, it was named and "Breathe new life into an old computer" and being the grammar illiterate person I am, combined with the fact the article was written out of pure boredom, I misspelled the article title in two different places. Instead of "Breathe new life into an old computer" I wrote "Breath of new life into a old computer". The reason is, after writing the article, I felt the original title of "A breath of new life into a old computer" didn't really sound good. So I axed the A and called it a day (Rhyme not intended). It was late and without another thought I hit publish and eagerly awaited its appearance on the new ibles page. Nothing happened for 20 minutes, so I went to bed without a second thought. Maybe the database server just crashed or something :P The next day, after a long day of school, I eagerly sit down at my computer and watch youtube... After enjoying at least a few hours of Pwediepie screaming at disfigured goats and Linus (attempting) to colour a $500 motherboard I decide to check my Instructables page. A few clicks to my current Instructables page and WOAH. I see the featured banner draped proudly across the front of my project. My eyes dart down, desperately looking for a view counter and then they find it, "10 thousand views!" I cry. My mouse cursor automatically clicks, my world in slow motion, I scroll down... 3 comments greet me. I just sit there, mouth wide open. A crazy thought slams right into my face, my mouse cursor waddles over to the corner of the screen and suddenly the homepage sits there, my project stands in its little box, like an expensive toy, on display for all to see. My mind is racing, In disbelief. I look around, a hidden camera maybe, I shout upstairs to my brother "good prank". But all I hear is a surprised moan, "what?!" he shouts.  It took me a few hours for anything, whether it be ME being featured, or the chicken I had for dinner, to sink in. But eventually it did and I took a some rotting fleshes advice, Keep Calm and Carrion. The last thing on my mind at this point was spell checking, no one in the comments had pointed anything out, and well... I couldn't see anything wrong. It's like that thing when you're looking for something in that horrific mess you call a fridge, after spending what seems like hours looking at every little detail you still can't find the butter. Then your girl friend, Wife or Mum comes along and after giving you a lecture on tidiness they find that one thing you're looking for instantly... Anyway, I decide in the spirit of things I will go and enjoy some facebook, I take a trip to the Instructables facebook page and see my article, AWESOME! I open up the comments section and... Correcting my grammar Correcting more of my grammar I'm not an English professor Correcting my grammar Correcting my grammar Someone who doesn't understand that: 1. I am not American, 2. Americans are smart and awesome people Correcting my grammar Someone who uses such bad grammar that I can't even figure out what they are saying   Now at the sight of this I quickly ran back to my article and changed the picture and title, on facebook... It doesn't update. I have learned my lesson, proofread and double check your article, before you post!  What can you take away from this? What I have learnt:  Theres no 'Be Nice' policy on the internet Proofread your work! Admins are humans and might not pick up on a spelling mistake Write every ible like its the best one you have ever made, because you never know, your ible might be featured down the road and you will just wish that you double checked that title and fixed that little spelling mistake. Also dont ever use facebook because :( it dosnt update live :P lol The Facebook Post My Instructables

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Digital Open: An Innovation Expo for Global Youth

IFTF, Sun, and Boing Boing just launched Digital Open, and I'm proud to share that I'm helping judge entries."What can you make with technology that will change the world, make the future -- or even just make life a little easier or more fun?"Institute for the Future, in partnership with Sun Microsystems and Boing Boing, invite youth worldwide, age 17 and under, to join us as we explore the frontiers of free and open innovation. Running from April 15 until August 15, 2009, the Digital Open: An Innovation Expo for Global Youth will accept text, photos, and videos documenting projects at DigitalOpen.org from young people around the world, all licensed under one from a list of free and open software licenses.Youth can submit projects in a variety of areas, ranging from the environment, media, and community, to the more traditional open source domains of software and hardware. Additionally, the Digital Open will provide resources and links to help them learn more about free and open technology movements, from figures like Richard Stallman to organizations like Creative Commons."As a company that engages schools, teachers and students from around the world to discover the transformative power of open technology, we jumped at the opportunity to work with the Institute for the Future to conceive and create The Digital Open," said Linda Rogers, Sun Microsystems' Director of Global Communities. "From Buenos Aries to Beijing to Budapest, we know that global youth are capable of spurring remarkable creativity and innovation. The Digital Open will be a window for the world to be impressed and optimistic about what the next generation will bring."Marina Gorbis, Executive Director of the Institute for the Future emphasized the participatory nature of the project. "The Digital Open is more than just a competition," she says. "It's about recognizing and encouraging kids to follow their passions while giving them community experiences that further encourage or challenge their best thinking."As an online, open source interpretation of the traditional high school science fair or world expo, the project's social networking-driven website encourages collaboration, communication, and sharing ideas. On DigitalOpen.org, youth can converse with each other about their projects, submit entries together, and win a series of achievement badges that they can repost on their own blogs and websites.The top project in each of our eight categories will be selected by our panel of approximately 20 judges, includes David-Michel Davies, Executive Director of the Webby Awards; Lawrence Lessig, Harvard/Creative Commons; David Pescovitz, Boing Boing; and Dale Dougherty, publisher of Make.To give the talented young innovators public exposure beyond the Digital Open, Boing Boing, a culture and technology blog with millions of readers, will feature each winner in his or her own video for the site. All of us at Boing Boing Video are excited about the opportunity to cultivate youth innovation in open technology," says Xeni Jardin, Boing Boing Video Host and Executive Producer. "We hope that young makers will use the Digital Open to really show off their work--and to connect with like-minded digital explorers around the world."The winning young innovators will also receive a technology prize package including a PeeCee mini laptop running the OpenSolaris operating system, a video camera, a solar-powered flashlight, and other assorted goodies.Forty years ago, IFTF's founders imagined a world in which it would be possible to improve human lives and build better organizations by thinking systematically about the future. These were visionaries saw the power of using computers and networks to build collective intelligence. Harnessing the intelligence of large groups of experts to develop forecasts, using new open-source tools take forecasting to the next level--engaging vastly larger groups of experts and non-experts in immersive experiences that allow us to envision multitudes of future possibilities in a dynamic and continuous way. DigitalOpen.org is the third open, collaborative platform that IFTF has launched this year where the public can participate in imagining and inventing the future, and the first specifically targeting youth--the true future of innovation.Find out more at digitalopen.org.Digital Open Judges:Lawrence Lessig, Creative Commons, Stanford Law SchoolDavid-Michel Davies, Webby Awards, International Academy of Digital Arts & SciencesDale Dougherty, O'Reilly Media, MAKEBilly Bicket, TechSoup/NetSquaredSimon Dingle, Finweek MagazinePatricia Lange, USC Institute for Multimedia LiteracyEric Wilhelm, InstructablesXeni Jardin, Boing BoingDavid Pescovitz, Boing Boing/IFTFKati London, Botanicalls & Area/CodeThe Playtime Anti-Boredom SocietyNick Bilton, New York Times/NYC ResistorJane McGonigal, IFTFJessica Mah, IntershipIN.comHeather Ford, Africa CommonsIsaac Mao, CNBlog.org, United Capital Investment, Global Voices OnlineColin Bulthaup, PotencoOona Castro, Overmundo InstituteElizabeth Stark, Yale Information Society Project, Students for Free CultureAhrash Bissel, Creative Commons, ccLearnPhoebe Ayers, Author: How Wikipedia WorksKiruba Shankar, Knowledge FoundationLinda Rogers, Sun Microsystems, Inc.

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