It’s a bird, it’s a plane, it’s… the Drones Contest!
We’re defining a drone as a powered, aerial vehicle that does not carry a human operator and can fly autonomously or be piloted remotely. Any drone-related project is eligible, so get cracking on your entry today.

Shapeways is providing some fabulous prizes for the winners of this contest, including an iPad Pro, GoPro, and Bionic Bird.

Good luck, and remember: the sky’s the limit!

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The Drones Contest 2016 is closed.

Grand Prize


Grand Prize (1)

One Grand Prize winner will receive:
  • an iPad Pro
  • an Instructables prize pack including a robot t-shirt or stainless steel mug

First Prize (3)

Three First Prize winners will receive:

Second Prize (5)

Five Second Prize winners will receive:

Runner Up (15)

Fifteen Runner Up prize winners will receive an Instructables prize pack including a robot t-shirt or stainless steel mug

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 Aug 8, 2016 and Oct 3, 2016 (11:59pm PT).


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