Microcontrollers are little bits of awesomeness that allow us to do some seriously cool things. The Arduino is one of the better known microcontrollers in the DIY space, but there are many others as well. To celebrate them, we've teamed up with SparkFun for our SparkFun Microcontroller Contest!

To enter the contest, make a new Instructable that involves a microcontroller, any microcontroller, and be sure to share the code you used. The Instructable can cover getting started or show how to make some epic project. It's up to you!

For this contest we'll be giving away $1,000 worth of goods from SparkFun, laser-etched Leatherman Squirt E4s, and Instructable Prize Packs! So much good stuff. So get going on your project, we can't wait to see what it is!

Links:
How to choose a MicroController
Arduino Tutorial Bundle .:Arduino Experimentation Kit:. (ARDX)

Ready to start? Click here!


Multiple entries are accepted, but each entrant can only win one prize. Contest is open to international entries. Contest closes for entries at 11:59pm PST, Feb. 13.

The Microcontroller Contest is closed.

13 PRIZES

First Prize (3 winners)

Three first prize winners will receive a $250 gift certificate for SparkFun and a Leatherman Squirt E4 multi-tool laser-engraved with a message of their choice!

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

Second Prize (5 winners)

Five second prize winners will receive a $50 gift certificate for SparkFun and a Leatherman Squirt E4 multi-tool laser-engraved with a message of their choice!

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

Runner-Up (5 winners)

Five runner-up prize winners will receive a Leatherman Squirt E4 multi-tool laser-engraved with a message of their choice!

Also included is an Instructables Prize Pack, which includes a one-year Pro membership, t-shirt, and more!
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 Jan 17, 2011 and Feb 13, 2011 (11:59pm PT).

Enter

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

Accepting

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

Voting

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

Judging

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.

Winners

When the winners are decided they will be announced here on the contest page. All entrants will be notified when this happens.