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What kinds of contests do YOU want to see on Instructables? Answered

Hi everyone! As we're planning contests for the next year, we wanted to get suggestions and feedback on the types of contests we're running. :D

Is there a contest we ran years ago you'd like to see again?
Any contests you're sick of?
A weekly challenge you'd like us to expand on?
Do you want the contests to be more specific or more open ended?

We're trying to shake things up in contest-land - so any and all suggestions are welcome! I'm especially interested in what types of tech contests you guys would like to see, as well as ideas for food contests.

P.S. For anyone wondering about weekly challenges - we're still trying to figure out a way to do it that makes it easy for you guys to enter and easy for the editors here to run. But I promise we are discussing it! :)

Have prize suggestions? Check this topic.
Want to get a preview of some of our upcoming contests?

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TheNecromancer13

9 hours ago

Have we ever done an engines contest? I would go all-out for that one.

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bambiix2

23 days ago

Concrete contest. I have a bunch of concrete that I want to use up.

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WUVIEbambiix2

Reply 5 days ago

Two thumbs up, and a heck yeah!

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AndrewHoover

13 days ago

I would like to see an "assistive tech" contest - Devices and tools that help people with disabilities.

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jellmeister

13 days ago

‘Toys for grown ups’ Would just be plain fun to do.

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jellmeister

13 days ago

‘Automatons and complex mechanisms’ (no need for electronic control) would be challenging, but interesting to explore.

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jellmeister

13 days ago

‘Playing with food’ or some other mix food with projects mashup concept could unite the culinary and the mechanical/electronic sides of the author community

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jellmeister

13 days ago

I can’t remember seeing a ‘high voltages’ contest, but think there must have been... would be Teslas Jacobs ladders, and Wimshursts galore!

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jellmeister

13 days ago

‘Air powered’ or ‘water powered’ could give a diverse set of interesting builds

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jellmeister

13 days ago

‘Grabbing attention’ might be a fun topic. Broad ways of interpreting, could be intricate fancy things, loud noises, bright colours, LEDs or pyrotechnics

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lglira

3 months ago

soft actuators and soft robotics

biomimetics actuators and biomimetics robots

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randofolglira

Reply 3 months ago

I'd like to do a soft robotics contest, but I am not sure it would get enough participation.

Would anyone else out there want to participate in this?

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Artistikk

19 days ago

How about a 'keep it simple' contest. Projects that are very simple to make, yet are very useful.

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dejanf2

3 months ago

Device hacking

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Darknessblade.dejanf2

Reply 21 days ago

this can be posted under epilog or arduino or tech contest.

due it being very specific

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randofodejanf2

Reply 3 months ago

I'm not sure we would do this because there are so many contests that we are currently planning to run that you could potentially enter hacked devices into.

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alleshochladen

2 months ago

Nonsense Contest. How to make useless and needless but extraordinary (hilarious, ridiculous, fancy etc.) things.

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Darknessblade.alleshochladen

Reply 21 days ago

That would be hilarious
for example 30 steps to sharpen a pencil without using any sharp object.
like somebody using a whetstone to sharpen a pencil

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randofoalleshochladen

Reply 8 weeks ago

A long time ago we had a Chindogu Challenge (the art of the unusueless invention). I don't remember how that one went. I will look that up later and mull this over.

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Darknessblade.

21 days ago

How about a Coffee contest
it has been ages since one was done

contest should be about "Coffee or tea"

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blogit009

22 days ago

Swing and clothes......

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AceSound

24 days ago

Audio and Invention contests.

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zyonchaos

24 days ago

Doing Trash to Treasure, where the emphasis is on using old stuff not buying a load of things to put in old stuff. I see a lot of entries where it mentions ordering items like electronics or 3D printing parts. Surely that defeats the point?

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ShafiqR13

24 days ago

This is a very good content i like it after reading anf thanks for sharing

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AceSound

6 weeks ago

"no advanced tools" contest. Many authors, including myself, are using advanced machinery such as 3D printer, laser cutter, CNC and so on. Not everyone can afford or have them, so I guess, some simple contest like "Show your best while using only hand tools" would be great, as it will be much more easy others to repeat it.

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Penolopy BulnickAceSound

Reply 25 days ago

We've run a few Hand Tools Only Contests now. Keep your eye open for the next time we do it :)

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pjkumpon

6 weeks ago

Like many of us, I have been involved in various non-profit organizations - all of which have required creative fundraising ideas. I think a 'fundraising' Instructable would be a great way to generate and share ideas for those of us looking for ways to raise money for great causes.

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Kiteman

4 weeks ago

Do you remember, ages ago, the contest to create projects with specific titles?

That's how I ended up writing my highest-viewed project, so maybe we could try that again?

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a-forghani-y79

4 weeks ago

Hi
Swing and clothes
Thanks a lot

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lglira

4 weeks ago

Water: saving, cleaning, making, etc

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smileydude3

4 weeks ago

I really want an under $30 contest, a use what you have too much of contest,
and a boys sew too contest

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alleshochladen

2 months ago

Musical Instruments Contest. How to built or restore an instrument (analog or digital)

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AceSoundrandofo

Reply 6 weeks ago

Also voting for that! I have drafted an impressive, 32 voice polyphony synth keyboard, which uses single, less than $2 cost IC for that :)

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C8theGr8

8 weeks ago

Science Project contest!

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AceSoundC8theGr8

Reply 6 weeks ago

Agree. I have prepared an instructable, how to make precision, lab grade, thermostated orbital shaker, which costs more than $1000 new, but will cost you less than $100 with my design :)

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C8theGr8

8 weeks ago

Light contest!! lasers, optics, diffraction, mirrors, spectroscopy, etc.

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alleshochladen

2 months ago

Vinyl Contest. A tribute to vinyl.

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randofoalleshochladen

Reply 8 weeks ago

This might be a little too specific, but perhaps we could do a music or a stereo contest in the future.

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StrangelyAmusing

8 weeks ago

Oooooh i have several.
1) The Frugal . A hard 20-50$ limit on materials.
2) The Jack of All trades: A challenge where you must incorporate several dissimilar fields into the same instructable. (Pottery and technology, gardening and woodwork)
3) The Mission Instructable challenge: Get inspired by your favorite secret agent and make something fitting for a spy. (Martini not necessary but approved)
and some miscellaneous . Mad Science, The perfect taco(Yes, the noble taco deserves its own contest.), a contest where you either make a gift for someone you care about or solve a problem for them.

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randofoStrangelyAmusing

Reply 8 weeks ago

The first one is one that we often think about, but it is just hard for us to evaluate if people are being truthful.

The second one is like every contest we run! However, I think its interesting combining / requiring the use of two disciplines in a single contest.

And we already run the Spy Contest (or similar) semi-regularly. Off the top of my head, I believe the last iteration of it was something along the lines of "Secret Hiding Places"

We had a Mad Science Fair a long time ago, but I would definitely like to do that one again.

I was going to say there is no way we are going to run a taco contest, but the more I think about it, maybe you aren't wrong. :)

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hugheswho

2 months ago

Instructables has a cool collaboration feature. How about a collaboration contest? - you need to work with another member (maybe from another country) to create something. I feel that the entry period may need to be much longer than traditional contests (maybe 1 year). Part of the Instructable could be documenting the collaboration. It might be a fun way to enhance the Instructables community...