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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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harioma600

5 days ago

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

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

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lglira

7 days ago

Paper Machines: Machines made of paper

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BakkerJo

8 days 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

25 days 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 8 days ago

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

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Yonatan24

9 days ago

Bikes contest!

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ToddD40

9 days ago

Arduino, microbit

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Omnivent

21 days 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

21 days 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

6 weeks 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 6 weeks 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 25 days 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 weeks 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

5 weeks 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!

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randofobadjer1

Reply 5 weeks ago

All entries are reviewed by humans, and it can take up to 24-28 hours for entries to be accepted into contests on weekends. You projects appear to be published now. You wouldn't happen to have the exact error message you received when you tried to publish?

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Brian M Vrandofo

Reply 4 weeks ago

i've had the same thing happen a couple times. probably cause the browser saves the webpage when you close and open. re-logging does the trick though.

message is something in the lines of;
"oops, we're unable to process your request at this time. please contact us to explain what you were doing at the time"

something that it "didn't understand the request"

hope it helps

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randofoBrian M V

Reply 4 weeks ago

Thanks for letting me know. We will investigate.

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Brian M Vrandofo

Reply 4 weeks ago

found this screenshot in another forum-thread which is exactly the same. where it says "your instructable failed to publish" it said "generating image" i think the problems comes around when trying to generate the main picture for the project, new or edited... good luck!

error.jpg
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Not_Tasha

5 weeks ago

Love to see more related to fiber arts

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Craftsmanhux

5 weeks ago

Most comprehensive parkour basics contest!

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ptkrf

6 weeks ago

Board game contest. Take a classic board game and spice it up - the maker style!

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PreethamRU

6 weeks ago

build various kinds of Robots/IoT solutions on XLR8 development board or any development board. Could be 1) Floor cleaning 2) Waste pickup 3) Coin Sorting etc..

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Nick70587

6 weeks ago

I always like the woodworking, and concrete contests. Maybe a "Functional Art" contest.

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randofoNick70587

Reply 6 weeks ago

Woodworking and Concrete (or casting which includes concrete) should surely run again in the future!

Functional Art is maybe a little too specific, but there are many contests on the site which could include such a project.

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btma

6 weeks ago

Invention , electronics , arduino , rebots that's all what I like :)

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Brian M V

6 weeks ago

Repairs, Recycle, Reuse, Multifunctionality, Creativeness

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randofoBrian M V

Reply 6 weeks ago

Repairs just ran over the summer, and we typically run a reuse contest around early spring (give or take). Multifunctionality and creativeness can be applied to any contest we run!

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JT Woodworks

6 weeks ago

Lighting solutions, out of your material"comfort zone", winter heating solutions

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randofoJT Woodworks

Reply 6 weeks ago

The Make it Glow contest is coming up:
https://www.instructables.com/topics/List-of-Upcom...

For any contest you are welcome to step out of your comfort zone. However, that is too hard for us to moderate what that means for every individual.

We are not going to run a heating contest, but do have a "Warm and Fuzzy" contest coming up for warm sewing and knitting projects. Maybe a chance to step outside your comfort zone? :)

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YukonJulie

6 weeks ago

Here's a contest idea I would like to see - "Healthy Remakes" - for example, on a simple level, baked French fries rather than fried, but you could elevate this concept to include healthy versions of anything (chocolate cake, bacon, margarita's, lasagna, etc).

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randofoYukonJulie

Reply 6 weeks ago

Thanks for the suggestion. I'll run this past the team and see what they think.

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MarioL111

2 months 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

2 months ago

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

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ruudcreates

3 months 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

3 months ago

Maybe some sort of dessert contest. I like making desserts

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SusanK113

3 months 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

3 months ago

How about a Human Power contest?

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Lorenzz

3 months ago

What about a domotic contest ?

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

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LiamZC

3 months ago

Invention contest!

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Yonatan24

3 months 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

3 months ago

A contest about recycling like "Recycle It! Contest"

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

reply please

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randofoHassan Nasser

Reply 3 months 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

6 months ago

What about a cardboard contest?

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winneremerald12wannabemadsci

Reply 3 months 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!