The DIY Drones contest engages the maker community to create open source drone designs. Individuals and small groups (from universities and hackerspaces) will be creating projects around airborne autonomous and radio controlled vehicles. Since Instructables will be encouraging innovation on a grassroots level, this will allow for open and shared innovation in this budding field. The solutions around this problem are sure to be vast and highly compelling.

Multiple entries are accepted, but each entrant can only win one prize. Contest is open to entries from US, Canada [excluding Quebec], UK, China, Belgium, the Netherlands, Australia, Colombia, Germany, Switzerland, Norway, India, New Zealand, and Denmark. The Contest begins at 12:00 a.m. Pacific Standard Time (PT), May 13, 2013. Contest closes for entries at 11:59pm PT, July 8, 2013.

The winner(s) will be solely responsible for complying with any and all applicable statutes, laws (including, without limitation, common law, if applicable), rules and regulations and for bearing any personal income tax, VAT, withholding taxes, customs duties, or other taxes, fees, insurance, surcharges or other costs relating to receiving, claiming or collecting any prize.

The Drones Contest is closed.

Grand Prize

18 Prizes

Grand Prize (1)

One Grand Prize winner will receive an RTF Quadcopter Kit and an Instructables prize pack including a robot t-shirt.

First Prize (3)

Three First Prize winners will receive an APM Autopilot Kit with GPS, Telemetry and Voltage Sensor and an Instructables prize pack including a robot t-shirt.

Second Prize (5)

Five Second Prize winners will receive a 3D Robotics t-shirt and an Instructables prize pack including a robot t-shirt.

Runner Up Prize (9)

Nine Runner Up Prize winners will receive an Instructable 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 13, 2013 and Jul 8, 2013 (11:59pm PT).


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