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What kinds of contests do YOU want to see on Instructables? Answered

Hi everyone! As we're planning contests for the next year, we wanted to get suggestions and feedback on the types of contests we're running. :D

Is there a contest we ran years ago you'd like to see again?
Any contests you're sick of?
A weekly challenge you'd like us to expand on?
Do you want the contests to be more specific or more open ended?

We're trying to shake things up in contest-land - so any and all suggestions are welcome! I'm especially interested in what types of tech contests you guys would like to see, as well as ideas for food contests.

P.S. For anyone wondering about weekly challenges - we're still trying to figure out a way to do it that makes it easy for you guys to enter and easy for the editors here to run. But I promise we are discussing it! :)

Have prize suggestions? Check this topic.
Want to get a preview of some of our upcoming contests?

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hugheswho

3 days ago

Instructables has a cool collaboration feature. How about a collaboration contest? - you need to work with another member (maybe from another country) to create something. I feel that the entry period may need to be much longer than traditional contests (maybe 1 year). Part of the Instructable could be documenting the collaboration. It might be a fun way to enhance the Instructables community...

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alleshochladen

4 days ago

Vinyl Contest. A tribute to vinyl.

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alleshochladen

4 days ago

Nonsense Contest. How to make useless and needless but extraordinary (hilarious, ridiculous, fancy etc.) things.

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alleshochladen

4 days ago

Musical Instruments Contest. How to built or restore an instrument (analog or digital)

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GeorgeF83

4 weeks ago

Contests where the entry pool could be segregated? We use the contests in my high school design class and the students get frustrated competing against companies. So perhaps, a school level contest

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randofoGeorgeF83

Reply 4 weeks ago

In an ideal world, would you want to compete against other students in other schools or have your students compete against each other?

How many students do you typically teach each year?

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GeorgeF83randofo

Reply 22 days ago

In ideal world against other students. We already compete against each other. I teach about 120 kids per year

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jmdushi

4 weeks ago

Zero waist in The Kitchen! Cooking with leftovers. create a new dish with leftovers and tell from which kind of meal(s) you used the leftovers.

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ptkrf

5 weeks ago

Measuring contest. Precise and accurate measurements are a big part of industrial everyday life. Show off your tools and techniques for taking measurements!

A contest in which we would see various ways of measuring a wide plethora of measurable (and traditionally immeasurable) quantities. Scales, rulers, stopwatches, micrometers, mood meters, heartbeat monitors, attention meters, etc.

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randofoptkrf

Reply 4 weeks ago

A precision contest could be fun, but I worry it would be hard for us to evaluate entries and judge.

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dejanf2

4 weeks ago

Device hacking

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randofodejanf2

Reply 4 weeks ago

I'm not sure we would do this because there are so many contests that we are currently planning to run that you could potentially enter hacked devices into.

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lglira

4 weeks ago

soft actuators and soft robotics

biomimetics actuators and biomimetics robots

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randofolglira

Reply 4 weeks ago

I'd like to do a soft robotics contest, but I am not sure it would get enough participation.

Would anyone else out there want to participate in this?

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audreyspency

4 weeks ago

Woodworking and use handtools only, Create something out of cardboard and use only a 1000 x 1000 mm piece, Cook a nice meal and use only..
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Mini onion

6 weeks ago

the invention contest looks fun also maybe a hand tools contest would be fun

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WarenGonzaga

6 weeks ago

Valentine's Day Contest?

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KS2004

8 weeks ago

Sports contest

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luann2425

8 weeks ago

Projects that can be completed in under an hour. I see a lot of cool things I'll never make due to TIME.

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BaliSurfCamp

2 months ago

Surfboard making contest!

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randofoYonatan24

Reply 8 weeks ago

What about all of the land-locked people?

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theguymasamato

2 months ago

Maybe a contest with special rules. For example:
Woodworking and use handtools only, Create something out of cardboard and use only a 1000 x 1000 mm piece, Cook a nice meal and use only....

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KushagraK7

2 months ago

What about a contest on model railroading?

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randofoKushagraK7

Reply 8 weeks ago

That might be a little specific, but there are a lot of contest where you could enter model railroad projects.

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iceng

8 weeks ago

what about a contest to get the bigs secretary to do more the placate and carry through about a contact :-D

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harioma600

3 months ago

Cardboard machine contest, where machines will be made out of cardboard

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ptkrf

2 months ago

Multitool contest. Make a tool that serves at least three different (bonus points if unrelated) functions! (Judge's prize for tool that covers the widest spectrum of uses)

(personally I would disqualify any project that can already be bought (swiss army knives, etc.) and those that combine functions that are too closely related (eg. flashlight that is also a stroboscope and flashes to the beat of the music)

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Yonatan24ptkrf

Reply 2 months ago

Exception: Mikeasaurus' Barbie multitool!
I think it doesn't necessarily need to be completely homemade because that would cut down significantly on entries, multitool mods could be fine too (custom pouch, homemade specialty tool, etc.) I do have a several multitool projects on my list though!

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goldenshuttle

2 months ago

how about a contest for free energy devices ? or is that like swimming against the current ?

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38ren

2 months ago

meat contest

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Franks Instructables

3 months ago

everything's digital now so how about an analog contest.

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lglira

3 months ago

Paper Machines: Machines made of paper

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BakkerJo

3 months ago

I always like the "reclaimed/recycled" contests and woodworking.
How about something along the lines of "under $5 / under $10"?
Or a handmade one where you can't use CNC's, 3D printers, etc.
Keep up the great work!

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FrancoMolina

4 months ago

I would like to see a never-finished or FAILED projects contest... I have a bunch of those haha.

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BakkerJoFrancoMolina

Reply 3 months ago

Or a "failed and made into something different" one!

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Yonatan24

3 months ago

Bikes contest!

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ToddD40

3 months ago

Arduino, microbit

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Omnivent

3 months ago

Hi,
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Does it really matter what you call a tech contest, when you accept stuff that is not in the definition?
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The recent "Electronics Tips" had less than a handful of what can be honestly categorized as tips, the rest was just a random mess of electronics builds (or rather, mostly some pre-build eBay items strung together), lacking any tips.
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In general, I think it would be good if you had the capacity to really judge tech items, as I have seen quite a number of either dangerous, non functional, "glue ups" from ready made stuff and blatant "lifting" from other peoples web sites, make it into the finals of several contests over the years.
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Likewise, but out of your hands of course, I'd like people who posts tech projects to actually understand their project, rather than the great number, where it is painfully clear that the poster struggled to make it and now want to tell others how to do it - wonder how the school system would look if it was run this way, but luckily, they still demands educated teachers with knowledge that surpasses the immediate curriculum
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Have a nice day :)

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Brian M V

3 months ago

maybe a fun idea to run a building-style contest? something like 'Last century crafting' (which would mean no 3d printing, no arduino, no CNC-ing) or a no-powertool-challenge.

it might just get the inovative/ creative/ problem-solution-orientated people onto new ways of tackling certain 'problems'.

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scitronboy

4 months ago

Maybe some kind of "Techno-art" challange? Any projects that mix technology (arduino, LEDs, LED displays, etc.) with art? Or else ways to recycle old technology?

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randofoscitronboy

Reply 4 months ago

You are welcome to post art in any of our upcoming to tech contests. I'm all for posting tech-based art on the site (heck, I even went to college for it!), but I think the topic is a little too specific for our community.

It has been a while since we ran a computer reuse contest, but that is not the worst idea.

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FrancoMolinarandofo

Reply 4 months ago

What about robots that make art? not like a tool, but robots that make art on their own. Stuff like a drawing or painting robot, a random poetry or melody generator, a robot that play the guitar, etc,

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scitronboy

4 months ago

I was looking forward to the math contest; I hope you'll still do it sometime in the future!

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badjer1

4 months ago

I tried posting two instructables to your Halloween contest - yesterday and today and got an error message each time that it failed to upload, yet I see each instructable as being published. Your error statement requested to be contacted to let you know what I was doing at the time of the error. I think I discovered that I needed to save it, then go to publish, then got the error, then back completely out of your website, go back in, edit the the instructable, save it again, then it would publish. Now... I do not see any indication that either of them are entered into the contest. I scrolled through all the entries and I do not see either of them in the list. Please advise how I can tell if an instructable is entered into the contest. Thank you!