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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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MarioL111

23 days ago

How about magnets and magnetism. Everything from sub-atomic particles to planets have a magnetic moment that can be exploited.

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snwbordrgrl

4 weeks ago

I'd love to see the Paper contest again. The last one had some amazing entries!

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ruudcreates

5 weeks ago

What about a revisit challenge. The same as the remix-contests we've seen before, but then an improvement or a change of one of your own Instructables.

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WhyDontWe26

5 weeks ago

Maybe some sort of dessert contest. I like making desserts

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SusanK113

5 weeks ago

How about a winter "Brrr...it's cold" themed contest and a summer "Whew...it's hot" themed contest? Encourages a wide-range of submissions (although perhaps too hard to judge?).

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Gene'sG

5 weeks ago

How about a Human Power contest?

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Lorenzz

6 weeks ago

What about a domotic contest ?

There are plenty of things to build to improve its home !!

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LiamZC

7 weeks ago

Invention contest!

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Yonatan24

7 weeks ago

How about another photography contest? If I remember correctly there wasn't one last year...

NOT SAYING THIS BECAUSE I HAVE THE AWESOMEST CAMERA RELATED PROJECT EVER!

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Hassan Nasser

8 weeks ago

A contest about recycling like "Recycle It! Contest"

recycling related to paper,...... whatever

reply please

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randofoHassan Nasser

Reply 8 weeks ago

We run Trash to Treasure Contests about once a year. Creative Misuse which is currently running could potentially incorporate these types of projects.

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AzharRanderee

4 months ago

What about a cardboard contest?

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winneremerald12wannabemadsci

Reply 8 weeks ago

Yeah, cardboard even works as a saucer! It absorbs water and doesn’t let it go through...but it looks kind of wrinkly once it’s dry. But it works great for the next time!

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randofoAzharRanderee

Reply 3 months ago

We will run one again eventually, but I don't currently have it scheduled.

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Ashwini Kumar_Sinha

3 months ago

Making

miniature

contest making mini and very tiny things contest related to any thing.

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GlumgadAshwini Kumar_Sinha

Reply 3 months ago

The game life contest is running at the moment.

The Tiny Homes Contest starts on August

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Glumgad

3 months ago

What about a Prehistoric Contest? It is a huge theme for DIY projects:

* robot-dinosaurs,

* Flinstones cosplay;

* how to make stone age tools;

* how to find fossils,

* 3 d printed trilobites.

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randofoGlumgad

Reply 2 months ago

I'll add it to the list of potential ideas. This one might be fun!

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winneremerald12

8 weeks ago

Diorama Making Contest! Which looks the most realistic...

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cfremming

2 months ago

Pressure Cooker Contest would be great.

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Ace Gambit

2 months ago

Audio contest!

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randofoAce Gambit

Reply 2 months ago

I see. This seems to be a popular request lately!

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ptkrf

2 months ago

I would personally love to see a few Tips and Tricks contests / challenges on different topics such as soldering, woodworking, cooking, etc. A contest where short instructables teaching you one trick at a time have time to shine.

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randofoptkrf

Reply 2 months ago

That's a good thought. It has been a while since we have done that. I'll add it to the ideas list.

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KliewerTheEngineer

2 months ago

Invention contest! Mini solar robots contest! Raw food contest! Drone contest!

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siddhantchoyal

2 months ago

I think the need of the hour is a contest to Solve Climate Change or environmental Pollution! I hope such contests become a reality and Make the world a Better Place to Live. Waiting for your reply randofo :)

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DIYJRAY

2 months ago

Homemade Instruments!

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randofoDIYJRAY

Reply 2 months ago

We haven't always had the best turnout for instrument contests in the past, but an audio contest is likely on the horizon, and we would love to see instruments in that.

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DIYJRAYrandofo

Reply 2 months ago

Well then it sounds like a good theme to attract new people to the website ;)

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patrick panikulam

2 months ago

What about an audio contest or a Bluetooth challenge?

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randofopatrick panikulam

Reply 2 months ago

That is definately in the realm of possibility. I'll add it to the idea list.

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wannabemadsci

2 months ago

I think that you should run an Autodesk employee's Halloween contest again: https://www.instructables.com/contest/autoween13/e...

It is really cool to see the super creative Instructables that Autodesk employees come up with. It's also nice to be able to give them the ability to win prizes since they are not eligible to enter the regular contests on Instructables.

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randofowannabemadsci

Reply 2 months ago

I'd love to! I think I can win it! I'm not sure the powers that be will allow that though... :)

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nancyjohns

2 months ago

I suggest a "small desserts contest." It would be a contest dedicated to things like cupcakes, cookies, granola bars, chocolates, perhaps even miniature cheesecakes and things of the sort.

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Birdz of a Feather

3 months ago

I don't have a suggestion for a contest (yet), but I'm wondering why you don't have a category for Instructables that use paint? Just about everything needs a top coat or some kind of finish at some point so it would be helpful to be able to post in a Paint category :)

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randofoBirdz of a Feather

Reply 3 months ago

Thanks for the suggestion. I don't know if there is enough paint-centric projects to justify a whole channel, but I will definitely look into it.

My gut reaction is that there are a lot of projects that use paint, but not as many where paint is the central focus.

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Lorenzz

3 months ago

A home automation contest would also be great !!

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Ashwini Kumar_Sinha

3 months ago

underwater contest like underwater Robot,light,plant etc

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randofoAshwini Kumar_Sinha

Reply 3 months ago

Underwater is too specific, but there is a Water Contest launching tomorrow!

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HadasW

3 months ago

pies!

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nikbha

3 months ago

I have a suggestion for a contest theme, it is about mobile cover and stand making challenge. I hope you may like my idea!!

Thanks

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www139

3 months ago

A k'nex contest would be really awesome. There hasn't been one here in years and I think having a k'nex contest would really help bring the community back here. :)

Thanks for considering!

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koushikimehra

4 months ago

Quilling contest, anything with Paper Quilling

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AzharRanderee

4 months ago

I’d like to see a LEGO/ brick building contest

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Call Me Swal

4 months ago

I really hope the Invention contest makes a comeback.

Also, are there any plans to do another 3D printing contest?

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Design16

4 months ago

A Competition for products that are useful in the future and that could impact peoples day to day lives, home living or provide solutions to Urbanisation and the future of small space living.

Such as..... Urbanisation design, small space design, designing for homes in the future, designing products that serve a purpose that could be useful to people in the future.

These could possibly include in some way design elements like... CAD, Laser cutting, woodworking, metal work, design and other categories that could be related back to Instructables.

I guess this could at least provide a guide for people to produce useful products to solve a potential issue and could encorporate design and production tools?