How to Enter the ThinkGeek Hacks Contest




The gadgets and toys offered by the monkeys atThinkGeek are pretty amazing right out of the box. But what happens when you take one nifty product and apply your own geekery?

A little soldering and a handful of LEDs later you might have something really special--a blow on/off USB snowman with iPhone sync and cat noises, for instance. And who wouldn't want one of those!?

So here's our challenge to you: use any ThinkGeek product to create something wondrous, publish it here on Instructables, and enter to win the $250 ThinkGeek gift certificate for the best mod. Two first prize winners will each win a $50 gift certificate and an Instructables Robot t-shirt. Runners-up will win an Instructables Robot t-shirt.


Grand Prize
$250 gift certificate to ThinkGeek plus an Instructables Robot t-shirt, patch, and stickers.

First Prize
$50 gift certificate to ThinkGeek plus an Instructables Robot t-shirt, patch, and stickers.

Runner Up Instructables Robot t-shirt, patch, and stickers.

Open to enter: March 2, 2009 12:01 AM PST
Deadline for entries: April 5, 2009 11:59 PM PST

Contest is open for entries from these countries: United States, Canada, Ireland, Scotland, England, U.K., Wales, U.K., United Kingdom, American Samoa, Argentina, Australia, Austria, Bahamas, Belgium, Bermuda, Bolivia, Brazil, Burkina Faso, Cambodia, Chile, China, Costa Rica, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Ecuador, Egypt, El Salvador, Estonia, Finland, France, France, Metropolitan, Germany, Ghana, Greece, Greenland, Guam, Guatemala, Hong Kong, Hungary, Iceland, India, Israel, Italy, Jamaica, Japan, Kenya, Kuwait, Laos, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Mongolia, Morocco, Mozambique, Namibia, Nepal, Netherlands, Netherlands Antilles, New Zealand, Norway, Paraguay, Peru, Poland, Portugal, Qatar, Russian Federation, Saudi Arabia, Slovakia, Slovenia, South Africa, South Korea, Sri Lanka, Swaziland, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, Thailand, Turkey, Uganda, Ukraine, United Arab Emirates, Venezuela, Virgin Islands (British), Virgin Islands (U.S.), Yemen, Zambia, and Zimbabwe

View Contest now!

Teacher Notes

Teachers! Did you use this instructable in your classroom?
Add a Teacher Note to share how you incorporated it into your lesson.

Step 1: Official Rules

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 ThinkGeek 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.



    • Make It Fly Challenge

      Make It Fly Challenge
    • Stone Concrete and Cement Contest

      Stone Concrete and Cement Contest
    • Indoor Lighting Contest

      Indoor Lighting Contest

    45 Discussions


    10 years ago on Introduction

    *Update* The folks over at ThinkGeek have talked with the contest team at Instructables and have decided to extend the ThinkGeek Hacks contest for an extra week. Take the extra time and submit something amazing!


    10 years ago on Introduction

    do i HAVE to buy and modify a thinkgeek item, or can i just do what i have been planning to do? i need an answer fast!

    2 replies

    poo i have three great ideas that arent close to being anything on the site like, nothing i could change would be my idea