The definition of automate is “to run or operate by using machines and computers instead of people to do the work.” So naturally, for the Automate Contest we are looking for projects that automate some process or task that might otherwise be done by human hands or brain.

We’ve got some amazing prizes up for grabs: a Tessel Master Pack (complete with every Tessel product, from accelerometers to cameras to GPS), Beginner Packs, and gift certificates to the Tessel shop. We’ll be judging the entries based on clarity ingenuity, creativity, quality of presentation, and execution of the Instructable.

So how can machines make your life easier? Build something that’ll make us say “domo arigato Mr. Roboto!”

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The Automation Contest is closed.

Grand Prize

19 Prizes

Grand Prize (1)

One Grand Prize winner will receive:

First Prize (3)

Three First Prize winners will receive:

Second Prize (5)

Five Second Prize winners will receive:
  • a $100 gift certificate to the Tessel Shop
  • an Instructables prize pack including a robot t-shirt

Runner Up (10)

Ten runner up prize winners will receive 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 Mar 9, 2015 and Apr 20, 2015 (11:59pm PT).


Upon publishing your Instructable you'll see checkboxes for open contests. Select Automation Contest. 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.