Automation is defined as the technique of making an apparatus, a process, or a system operate automatically. In the Automation Contest, we invite you to share your automation creations.

Prizes are provided by SparkFun and the list includes a 3D printer, SparkFun Invention kits, SparkFun WiFi shields, and more. Automation can simplify your life, optimize your home, and in this case, win you some sweet prizes!

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The Automation Contest 2016 is closed.

Grand Prize

193 Entries
37 Prizes

Grand Prize (1)

One Grand Prize winner will receive:

First Prize (3)

Three First Prize winners will receive:

Second Prize (10)

Ten Second Prize winners will receive:

Runner Up (23)

Twenty three runner up prize winners will receive:
  • a Teensy 3.2
  • an Instructables prize pack including a robot t-shirt
How It Works

Write an Instructable

Create a new Instructable that fits the guidelines outlined in the contest description above. To be eligible, Instructables must be published between May 23, 2016 and Jul 4, 2016 (11:59pm PT).


Upon publishing your Instructable you'll see checkboxes for open contests. Select Automation Contest 2016. If you have entries currently eligible for entry, it will also show up by clicking "Enter this Contest" on the right side of this page.


Entries are accepted by Instructables staff within one business day Monday - Friday. What matters is the submission time, not acceptance time.


A panel of judges made up of Instructables staff and respected members of the community rate the finalists. The averages of the ratings determine the winners.


When the winners are decided they will be notified and announced here on the contest page.