ProtoStack giveaways! Atmega168 Development kits

Monday, October 25 th , 2010

Image ©Protostack

A week after opening, and things are going good. We just gave away $100 to SparkFun and we are moving ahead to this week’s promotion.

The arduino is bigger than ever, and no one can deny its ease-of-use. But what happens when you find yourself needing more control or flexibility? Well, then it is time to bypass the Arduino bootloader and go right to the microcontroller. I know, I know… it sounds scary, but what if someone made a kit for getting you started?

Well that’s exactly what ProtoStack does. Protostack is a supplier of prototyping boards, development boards and electronic components. Their boards conform to a common form factor (full size and half size) which allows them to be stacked on top of each other (hence the name Protostack). Most of their products are oriented around AVR microcontrollers (same guys who make the microcontrollers on the Arduino) -It’s all aimed at people who want a bit more control and flexibility. Their site even has many AVR tutorials and is ideal for those wanting to learn about embedded systems.

Ok ok ok… Where’s the giveaway? Well… Daniel Garcia over at ProtoStack has generously put up 5 ATmega168 Development Boards to give to bildr users who are looking to step foot in the ATmega arena. All we ask is that you post anything you build with them, or just anything you find out that could help others. We love giving things away, but we also love for you give back to the community by sharing your knowledge (this is bildr afterall).

If you want a kit, and are willing to share your findings, email us at (Sadly they have all been spoken for) and we will get one out to you!

If you are still scared of working with microcontrollers, stay tuned for more promotions from Seed StudioPonoko, and ogi lumen.


Sunday, October 17 th , 2010

Image ©John Martinez Pavliga | cc-by-sa

For many people this site has been a long time coming. They have been sitting by, waiting now over a year for it to happen. But for me, it started a long time before that. I originally came up with the concept for this site about 20 months ago, when I was in my last semester of school, and have since then been hashing out every idea I could during the hours between work and sleep.

In that time, I have spent countless hours designing, coding, networking, talking, entering information, taking jobs to raise money, etc. A few months ago we went private beta to build out the site, and have had a few dozen grace us with their knowledge and help.

The site is by no means done, or feature-set. In fact, much of what I want to do hasn’t even been started. But it is time to get this thing open to the public, ready or not… I’m happy to say that’s what we are doing right now. WE ARE OPEN!!!

To celebrate the opening of bildr, we have 4 weeks of promotions going on, the first of which is $100 to SparkFun to one lucky twitter follower*, and another $100 to SparkFun for the top contributor to the wiki over the next 4 weeks!

We also have great giveaways and competition prizes coming up from Seed Studio, Protostack, Ponoko, and ogi lumen.

*For your chance to win the $100 to SparkFun, you just need to follow us on twitter and tweet: RT @bildr is finally open to the public, and I want that $100 to #sparkfun –

You can also enter by shamelessly plugging the site in any way! Just email us at with a link (if available) and let us know what you did.

Thank you to everyone who helped us get this far!!!