Instructables LED contest

Instructables LED contest


LED Throwies were published here on on Feb. 14, 2006 by Q-Branch of the GRL.

This simple, elegant project spawned a minor LED revolution: from Instructables like the LED Throwie Floatie, Talkie, Rat, and motion-sensor to the weird mash-up of art and advertising in the Boston Mooninite scare, it’s clear that anyone can make something fun with LEDs — including you.

So, in honor of the upcoming two-year anniversary of the throwie, we’re holding an LED-based speed contest we’re calling Get the LED Out!

You have three weeks to publish the coolest Instructable featuring LEDs of any kind. That’s right — any project using LEDs will be eligible, so be creative! We’ve got lots of LED Instructables to get you inspired, and even some help for beginners.

Need more incentive?
The fantastic ladyada of Adafruit Industries has donated some of her great TV-B-Gone Kits for the winners! Check out her store for more kits and inspiration.

Since this is a short contest we’re letting the audience judge!
Find the entries here and rate your favorite projects so we know what you like. Vote for as few or as many as you like – it’s up to you. Only positive votes will count in this contest! We’re not including ballot stuffing or negative votes, so please exercise good sportsmanship.

We’ll judge based on the standings at noon PST on Thursday, February 14, 2008 so everyone will have time to check out and vote on even the latest entries. Results will be posted shortly thereafter.

How to Enter the Get the LED Out! Speed Challenge – Link

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Gareth Branwyn is a freelance writer and the former Editorial Director of Maker Media. He is the author or editor of over a dozen books on technology, DIY, and geek culture. He is currently a contributor to Boing Boing, Wink Books, and Wink Fun. His free weekly-ish maker tips newsletter can be found at

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