Using an item for its intended purpose is fun and all, but modifying it for some new level of awesome? Now we're talking! We'd like to see what tricks you have for transforming any item and giving it a new purpose so we've teamed up with the mad scientists at Joby for the Transform It! Challenge.

The rules are simple: make a new Instructable that shows your cool mod for any tool, gadget, or  other item that's dying for a new life. Be sure to take great photos and provide some clear text and you could win some awesome prizes from Joby!

We're going to be giving away prizes including a Canon Rebel XS 10.1MP Digital SLR Camera, the Gorillapod Video, Gorillapod Focus w/ Ballhead X, and the Gorillatorch Switchback, a brand new item from Joby that transforms from compact lantern to high-performance headlamp!

So get going and start transforming and documenting. We can't wait to see what it is!

Multiple entries and international entries are eligible. Each entrant can only win one prize.

The Joby Transform It! Challenge is closed.

Grand Prize


Grand Prize (1 winner)

One Grand Prize winner will receive a Canon Rebel XS 10.1MP Digital SLR Camera so you can take some beautiful photos as well as a Gorillapod Focus w/ Ballhead X, a Gorillatorch Switchback, and a Gorillapod Video (camera not included).

Also included is an Instructables Prize Pack with a one-year Pro membership, t-shirt, and more!

First Prize (3 winners)

Three First Prize winners will receive a Gorillatorch Switchback, and a Gorillapod Video (camera not included).

Also included is an Instructables Prize Pack with a one-year Pro membership, t-shirt, and more!

Runner-Up (4 winners)

Four Runner-Up winners will receive a Gorillatorch Switchback.

Also included is an Instructables Prize Pack with a one-year Pro membership, t-shirt, and more!

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 Nov 15, 2010 and Dec 19, 2010 (11:59pm PT).


Upon publishing your Instructable you'll see checkboxes for open contests. Select Joby Transform It! Challenge. 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.


Instructables members can vote for an entry during the contest plus 3 days after the contest closes.


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 announced here on the contest page. All entrants will be notified when this happens.

1. All federal, state, and local taxes on prize are the sole responsibility of the winner. No purchases are necessary; void where prohibited by law.

2. Participants agree to abide by all decisions of Instructables, contest co-sponsors, and judges, which shall be final and binding with respect to all issues relating to this contest.

3. Prize is not transferable and no cash alternative or prize substitution is available. Instructables and contest co-sponsors reserve the right to substitute a similar prize of equal or greater value if the prize listed is unavailable for any reason. All potential winners are subject to verification at the discretion of Instructables and contest co-sponsors.

4. Winner agrees that prizes are being provided "as is", and Instructables and contest co-sponsors make no warranty, representation or guarantee regarding the prize, including but not limited to its quality, condition, merchantability or fitness for a particular purpose.

5. Instructables and contest co-sponsors are not responsible for problems including (but not limited to) damaged, incorrect, inaccurate, lost, delayed, or defective entries, or for injury or damage to any computer resulting from participation in this contest. Entries that have been tampered with or altered are void.

6. Instructables reserves the right to modify, cancel, postpone or end the contest at any time as necessary, at its sole discretion, or to disqualify any participant or winner, at its sole discretion, deemed to have cheated, destroyed, obstructed, or otherwise acted illegally or in bad faith in relation to this contest.

7. Instructables reserves the right, at its sole discretion, to disqualify any individual it finds, in its sole discretion, to be in violation of the Terms of Service; to be acting in violation of these Official Rules; to be acting in a unethical or disruptive manner, or with intent to annoy, abuse, threaten or harass any other person.

8. By submitting an entry and entering this contest, you represent and warrant that: you are over the age of 18, or entering with the knowledge and permission of your parent or guardian (subject to verification), and that the entry does not contain or incorporate the intellectual property and/or confidential information of any third party.

9. By submitting an entry and entering this contest, you hereby grant Instructables and Joby a perpetual, irrevocable, sublicenseable, worldwide, royalty free right to publish and distribute your entry for their promotional purposes.

10. Governing Law: All issues and questions concerning the construction, validity, interpretation and enforceability of the official rules, or the rights of entrants, shall be governed by and construed in accordance with, the substance laws of the State of California and any applicable laws and regulations of the United States.