Build in Progress News

Find all the latest updates to Build in Progress right here. Check out the project pages for the Build in Progress Website and Build in Progress Mobile to give feedback!

After 3.5 years of development and 2,000+ shared projects on everything from 3D printed chess pieces to unicycle mechanics tocrowdfunding a virtual reality tour of an interactive media lab,Build in Progress is going on indefinite hiatus.

Effective Monday, September 19th, it will no longer be possible to create new content on Build in Progress. Instead, over the next weeks, an open-source version of Build in Progress will be shared so that anyone can build their own project-sharing platform from the source.The entire site will also be archived so that you’ll still be able to access any projects you’ve already created on Build in Progress.

If you're interested in learning more about this decision or would like to leave any feedback, feel free to read more on Medium.

Thanks for sharing your design process with the world on Build in Progress. It's been a joy to follow how your projects have evolved, and I'm grateful to have shared that experience with you.


Tue Aug 30 at 06:47 PM

Today, I'm launching a new feature called Pins that lets you annotate different steps in your process map.

There are currently 8 different pins you can pick from, which I selected to cover a range of emotions.  They are selected from the Font Awesome Library, so if you have suggestions for others you'd like to see, let me know!

When you add a pin to a step, it will appear in the top right corner of the step in the process map.  Try it out to bring attention to different steps in your project.

Wed Apr 13 at 05:56 PM

There is now a link on the bottom right of project pages where you'll be able to leave feedback.  Use this link if you'd like to make any suggestions, or to report a bug on a project page.  I will do my best to respond as soon as I can!

Thu Mar 03 at 05:34 PM

As more and more projects get updated on Build in Progress each day, I wanted a way for the homepage to reflect how BiP projects are generally in progress, rather than completed work.  How could the homepage show how project pages are dynamic and constantly changing as projects evolve?

After searching the web for a few examples of live feeds, I decided to replace the original grid of thumbnail images with a feed showing when the projects were updated and what the most recent changes are.  The goal with this design is to give users a preview of what the project contains, and also to convey that BiP projects are works-in-progress.  I've included before and after images and videos above for reference!

I would love to hear if you have any feedback or suggestions on the homepage, as I will likely apply some of the changes to the project page as well, and even to user profile pages. 

Fri Feb 26 at 10:12 AM

For some time, there has been a bug with rearranging steps that I've been chasing down but had been unable to fully resolve.  The most difficult part about trying to fix it was that the error only seemed to occur on the live site, and I wasn't able to consistently replicate it locally.  Some of you may have experienced this bug yourself (and I'm sorry if you did!) – it especially affected projects with a lot of steps.  What would happen is that after rearranging steps in the Process Map, some of the steps would not appear on the project page on refresh.  The steps weren't deleted, but the relationship between the steps, stored in the database, would be incorrect, causing issues with rendering the Process Map.  If you opened up the project in an alternative viewing mode, like the blog mode, all of the information would still be there.

So what went wrong?  I decided to spend a day to really think through what might be happening.  When I looked into my Heroku logs (the service hosting this site), I discovered H27 errors, indicating that the client request was interrupted (for example, the browser window may have been redirected in the middle of a request). Looking back into the logic for saving the structure of the Process Map, I discovered code I had written over 2 years ago, which would iteratively loop through every step of a project and update each individually.  This would happen in a javascript function whenever steps were rearranged.  

What I believe would happen is that the app may be in the middle of this loop when the user redirects the browser window to a new page (either to a new page on Build in Progress or elsewhere).  This is not good, as some steps in the project would be correctly saved, and others would not have been.  

So I decided to completely rewrite how the Process Map is saved on reordering.  Rather than iteratively loop through every step and send an AJAX request for each one, I store the entire Process Map structure in one array that gets sent in a single request.  Then, in the Rails controller, I save each step.  Since the data is passed to the Rails app in one go, rather than for each individually step, I believe this should resolve the problems with rearranging projects.

It was interesting for me to go back and review code I had written two years ago.  When I first started Build in Progress, I was really new to javascript, so I was glad to have the chance to make the code much simpler and cleaner.  Thanks to everyone who reported problems with their projects, and please continue to report any issues you find through our Contact form.

Tue Jan 26 at 11:14 AM

You can now register for Build in Progress using your Google Account!  To do so, just click the SIgn Up link on the top right of the project page and follow, approve the app via Google, and viola – your new account is ready to use!  

I hope this will make it easier for schools who are already using Google App accounts.

Thu Sep 17 at 06:35 PM

Huge update today – You can now view and edit your Process Map through the Android app!

When you open up a project in the app, it will default to the list mode you are all familiar with.  But there is now a toggle in the top toolbar to switch between the List mode and the Map mode.  In the Map mode, you can view the branches in your app via the Process Map, and you can also rearrange your steps.

Here are the steps for rearranging steps in the Process Map:

  1. Click the step you want to move.
  2. Drag the step over the step you want it to follow.  You can drop the selected step over any other steps highlighted in blue.

This looks especially good, I think, on tablet devices, which have enough real estate to show big projects!  If you have a very wide project, it will automatically rotate to landscape orientation so you have more space to view and rearrange.

As always, if you have any feedback, feel free to leave a comment.

Fri Sep 11 at 01:42 PM

To help people get started with using Build in Progress, we created a tutorial that walks you through creating your first project.  

The goal of the tutorial was to help introduce features of the Build in Progress project page while also communicating some of the values of the tool (such as sharing process over product and stories, not instructions).

You can see a full video of the tutorial above!  This tutorial only appears for users creating their first project, and you can exit the tutorial at any time.

Thu Sep 03 at 01:15 PM

We now have a Google+ Community where I'll be posting new features to the website and mobile apps as well as featured projects!

You can join at the following link: https://plus.google.com/communities/104301968782861292730

Wed Jul 15 at 08:27 PM

You can now add video to your projects directly in the iOS app!  When you click "Add Media" to a step, select the movie button (adjacent to the camera button) to begin recording.  

Additionally, we've added registration directly in the app so you can register without using the Build in Progress website.  However, you do need to confirm your email address before logging in.  After you register, you will receive an email with a link you must click before logging in through the app.

Thu Jul 09 at 10:31 AM

Introducing the Build in Progress iOS app camera feature! You now have the option to snap pictures and upload them right to your project - in a single step, and on the go!

We designed the camera to be as user-friendly as possible. It supports snapping photos of your creations in both portrait and landscape orientations. This is even supported with orientation lock on, so you don’t have to switch that on and off just to document your masterpiece!

In this update we are also rolling out a few bug fixes and improvements. If the project page gave you some grief after adding, deleting, or refreshing, that should be fixed now. Please let us know if you find any more bugs or have any suggestions for improvements.

Be on the lookout for more cool features coming soon!

Sun Jun 28 at 10:03 AM

You can now adjust privacy settings for collections on Build in Progress!  There are three possible options:

  • Public - this is the default and will make your collection easy to find for anyone visiting the site.
  • Unlisted - your collection will not appear in the explore page (buildinprogress.media.mit.edu/collections), but anyone that has a link can view it.
  • Private - your collection will only be visible to you or authors of any projects you have in the collection.  

Private collections are designed for classes that want to have a private space for everyone in the class to share their projects.  If you add a project to a private collection, the person who created the project will be able to view it (but will need a link!)

Additionally, I updated the Collection page to make it easier to update information about the collection, including the avatar, collection name, and description - all editable without rereshing the page.

Wed Jun 10 at 01:42 PM

You can now download the Build in Progress iOS directly on the app store!

In the upcoming months, there willl be many updates to the app, including taking photos (almost done!) and video through the app and viewing your "Process Map."  Stay tuned!

Tue Jun 09 at 01:55 PM

It's been a long time in the making, but I've finally finished the brand new Project Page!  

The new project page was designed to be more space efficient with a full screen Process Map and easier navigation.  Before, the information on the right side of the page ("step description") competed with the Process Map, and there were one too many scrollable elements on the page.  I tried to minimize this scrolling in the new project page and really forefront the Process Map.

Originally, I got rid of scrolling altogether by implementing a panning interface (which you can check out here), but after testing it with others, people preferred scrolling for a few reasons:

  1. Scrolling is easier with laptop trackpads and requires less effort than clicking to pan
  2. Scrollbars give you a sense of how large the process map is overall

After this feedback, I ended up reimplementing a full-screen, scrolling process map.  

Also, with the new blog mode, it no longer seemed necessary to have all of the step information visible, so with the new project page, you can focus on individual steps at a time.

Some things you can try with the new project page:

  1. You can minimize the step information on the right of the page to view the process map full screen.
  2. Clicking on the arrow navigation on the right-hand side will go through the steps in chronological order - clicking the back button will show you the last step updated in the project
  3. If a project has comments, you can view a list of comments in the Project Overview - when you hover over each comment, the Process Map will highlight the step that contains the comment.
  4. To go back to editing any information about the project, you can click on the project name in the Process Map.

I hope you enjoy the new interface - as always, if you have any feedback, feel free to leave it below.  I’ve also included a video of the original interface so you can compare the different interfaces - I’m trying to get better at documenting how this website evolves over time and felt video was better for capturing that than images. (:

Tue Mar 24 at 10:58 AM

You can now officially download the Build in Progress Android app from the Play Store - no more requesting an invite!

Check it out at the following link: 


NOTE: We support Android 3.0 (Honeycomb) and newer.

Fri Feb 20 at 11:46 AM

In addition to the Gallery mode, you can now view your projects in "Blog" mode.  Blog mode is formatted for reading through entire projects.  You can enter the blog mode by clicking the blog mode button at the bottom of a project page.

WIthin the blog mode, you can click tags to highlight steps that fall within a particular branch.  This makes it easier to identify related steps.

I've used my Process Products project as an example, which you can check out here:


Happy building (and reading!)

Mon Feb 09 at 02:14 PM

The Gallery mode has officially launched!  This new viewing mode features all the images and videos from your project.

On the bottom left of any project page, you'll find a link to view a project in the "Gallery" mode. 

Some things to check out:

  • When you hover over an image, all other images from the same step are highlighted, and information about the step is show on the right
  • If your project has labels, they will automatically appear on the left-hand side and will work as filters to highlight branches in your project.
  • When you hover over an image or video, a download link will appear in the top right-hand corner of the image, which lets you directly download the selected image.

Check out an example here: http://buildinprogress.media.mit.edu/projects/1631

You can read more about how this feature was developed here: http://buildinprogress.media.mit.edu/projects/184/steps?step=8081

As always, if you have any suggestions, please leave them below!

Mon Feb 02 at 01:34 PM

A long-requested feature is finally implemented – You can now insert code snippets into your Build in Progress steps.

To do so, click on the "Insert Code Snippet" button on the editor toolbar and paste the code you'd like to include.  You can see an example below:

  Here's a Code Snippet on Build in Progress!
// Pin 13 has an LED connected on most Arduino boards.
// give it a name:
int led = 13;

// the setup routine runs once when you press reset:
void setup() {                
  // initialize the digital pin as an output.
  pinMode(led, OUTPUT);     

// the loop routine runs over and over again forever:
void loop() {
  digitalWrite(led, HIGH);   // turn the LED on (HIGH is the voltage level)
  delay(1000);               // wait for a second
  digitalWrite(led, LOW);    // turn the LED off by making the voltage LOW
  delay(1000);               // wait for a second


Thu Jan 29 at 02:40 PM

If you share a link to a Build in Progress project page on other social media sites like Facebook and Google+, the post should automatically draw recent images from your project as well as the project name and description.  Try it out!

Fri Dec 12 at 10:57 PM

You can now upload video from your gallery to Build in Progress via the iOS app!  

You can also view videos from your projects on your device, including YouTube and Vimeo videos.

Finally, the app should be faster overall, with background image loading and various bug fixes.

I'm beginning to work on the camera interface that lets you capture photos and videos straight through the app and hope to have something out by the end of the year.

Thanks to ttai for helping to implement these features.

If you'd like to request an invite to the app, please fill out the form below:


Sat Nov 29 at 04:19 PM

You can now set your projects to private if you prefer not to publish your project publicly on Build in Progress: http://buildinprogress.media.mit.edu/help#set_privacy

There are three project privacy settings:

  • Public: Your project will be shared with everyone on Build in Progress
  • Unlisted: Only user with a direct link to your project will be able to see the project.
  • Private: Only you can view your project

You can set the privacy settings for a project on the top of your project page.  

Note: By default, new projects are unlisted until they are given a title and at least one image.  At this point, your project will automatically be made public unless you specify otherwise.

If you are using the mobile applications, please update to the latest version, as you may not be able to view your projects otherwise with the new security settings!

A few details for those who are curious:

  • Because collections are publicly viewable on the site, you can add unlisted projects to collections, but you cannot add private projects to public collections.
  • Your profile page will show all of your projects (public, unlisted, and private) when you are logged in, but other users will only be able to view your public projects. You can see which projects are unlisted or private with our privacy icons.
  • Updates to unlisted projects will show up on the activity feed of users who are following you. Updates about private projects will not appear on anyone's activity feeds.
Fri Nov 07 at 12:21 PM

The Collections page has gotten a bit of a facelift, with the following changes:

  • a "Latest Updates" feed to show recent changes to projects in the collection.
  • an image slideshow at the top of the page to help you discover the contents of projects in the collection
  • a unique URL for each collection page, so you can send a more readable URL to your friends

I'm also working on a feature to make collections private.  If you have a class or organization that wants to use Build in Progress, but you only want to share the projects with people in your organization, that's what this feature will be for.  More about this in the coming weeks...

You can see the before and after in the images above!

Fri Oct 24 at 01:45 PM

Since launching in May of 2013, Build in Progress has grown to support over 750 users and over 1300 projects!

We are interested in learning more about your experience using Build in Progress to document your projects.

You can help improve Build in Progress by completing our survey, which should take no more than 10 minutes.

Build in Progress Survey

We will share back the results of this survey (as well as other interesting trends we find)!

Wed Oct 01 at 11:34 AM

New features this week are all about sharing your projects outside of the Build in Progress community.  

You can now export your project by clicking the black ‘export’ button on the top of your project page. Clicking the export button will give you a zip file with all the contents of your project, including any text descriptions you’ve added, images, design files, and videos (we currently export uploaded videos but not embedded videos from YouTube or Vimeo).  Your exported project is organized into folders for each step that you created.

What can you use this for?  If you like posting about your projects on other sites, such as your own blog, you can easily grab all the images from your projects and have it all in once place.  This can also be useful if you are starting to build a paper portfolio and need all the documentation from your project page.

Full details (and animated gif!) is on our Help page, like most other features of the site:


Let us know if you have any suggestions in the comment below!

Thu Oct 09 at 03:58 PM

Now you can embed your Build in Progress projets on your own website!

You can access the embed code by clicking on the "share" link on your project page (the blue button next to the remix button).  Here, you can grab the embed code.

Fun side note: the biggest change to the new embedded BiP viewer is showing the entire process map preview.  I think this is especially helpful for getting a quick overview of the scale of a project.

I wanted to be able to capture a screenshot of a container on the project page, but it turned out this is not a straightforward thing to do – ultimately, though, I'd like for this condensed view of the process map to show up on other pages on the site.  As an example, if you hover over a project on the Projects page, you could get a quick peek into the structure of a project.

Tue Oct 07 at 02:26 AM

Previously, if you were editing or creating a new step, you could only rearrange that single step in your process map, and the page would refresh each time.

I've updated the step rearranging interface so that you can rearrange all steps in your project as you're adding new steps or editing existing ones without page refreshes.

This helps solve two issues.  First, you won't lose any information you enter about the step when you rearrange because the page doesn't refresh (oops, sorry if you experienced this before the update!).  Also, rearranging is much faster now since you don't have to wait for page refreshes!  

You can check out what the new interface looks like in the video above (or just try it out yourself in your own project!)

It feels good to update a feature when it's been bothering you for a long time. (:

Mon Sep 29 at 11:12 PM

I’m very excited to finally announce that we now have a beta version of the iOS Build in Progress app – and to finally create a branch for it in this project!

Like the Android app, the Build in Progress iOS app is designed to help you create and edit your projects on-the-go.  We introduced a limited subset of features to focus on the features that help you document your projects as quickly as possible.

With the Build in Progress iOS app, you can create and edit projects, add steps, and add images to your steps from your photo gallery.  We’ll be working on incorporating the camera and enabling more image and video uploading features in the near future.

We’re using Test Flight to release the iOS app.  If you’d like to request an invite to download the app, please fill out the following form:


You will receive more information once you’re approved to use the app!

* Also, I found that Build in Progress is too long of a name to fit on your home screen.  Perhaps it’s time for a serious name rethink?  I had always wanted a better name for the project but wasn’t able to think of one.  If you have any suggestions, please feel free to leave them below!

* Many thanks to zhaveriane, eunicel, and ttai for helping to build the app!

Note: This app has been tested with iPhone and iPod Touch devices.

Tue Sep 09 at 10:40 AM

One of the most interesting (and complicated) aspects of designing for Android is supporting lots of different devices and hardware.

Two of the most recent requests was for the app to work with devices that only have front-facing cameras and for the app to work in landscape mode.  With the new update, devices with front-facing cameras are now supported (such as older versions of the Nexus 7 tablet).  If your device has a back-facing camera, the camera in the app will default to this.

For supporting the app in landscape orientation, It turns out there are some tricks for doing this–for example, did you know that apps manually save your entry so that its maintained when you rotate your device from portrait to landscape?  An invaluable guide for working on this was the following tutorial:


We're working on enabling viewing of videos in landscape, so until that's done, all other screens except viewing your media (photos and video) are viewable in landscape.

Happy typing!

Fri Aug 15 at 09:29 PM

Now you can receive email updates when there’s activity on any of your projects!  By default, email notifications will be turned on for all users, but if you’d like to opt-out, you can change your email notification settings under your account settings.  

You will now receive email notifications when the following events happen:

  • someone comments on your project
  • your project gets featured
  • someone remixes your project
  • someone adds you as a collaborator on a project
  • someone favorites your project
  • your project gets added to a collection
  • someone adds a project to your collection
  • someone follows me

As always, if you have any suggestions or run into any issues, please leave a comment below.

Wed Aug 06 at 12:59 AM

When projects have a lot of steps, it's helpful to view more of the process map (or the tree on the left part of the project page).  Now when your expand your browser window full screen, the process map should enlarge so that you can view more of your project. 

Remember, you can always minimize the blog (or right part of the project page) by clicking the grey tab.  This will enable you to view the process map full screen.

As always, if you have any questions or comments, please leave them on this project!

Sun Jul 13 at 01:43 PM

One of the biggest feature requests I’ve gotten on Build in Progress is the ability to annotate the Process Map (that tree that appears on the left side of your project pages).  I’m happy to announce that creating Branch Labels is the latest addition to the project page!

Branch labels can be used to help organize and title your branches.  For example, if you have branches representing different versions of your design or different step categories (such as project planning, electronics, or mechanical design), use the Branch Labels to let people know what types of things they can find in each branch.  

You can also pick different colors to indicate different parts of your process.  For example, if something doesn’t work, you can label “dead-ends” in your design with a red label!  

You can check out how Branch labels are used in this very project to organize the different parts of the website that are under development!

Check out the GIF above for full instructions for adding the branch label (or you can find help on creating branch labels here: http://buildinprogress.media.mit.edu/help#create_branch_label)

Let me know if you have any feedback or issues with the branch labels in the comments below!

Thu May 22 at 11:28 PM

You can now search for projects on the site!  Use the search bar at the top of the screen to search projects, collections, and users.  We hope this will make it much easier to find projects on the site!

Fri Apr 25 at 04:33 PM

You may have noticed some changes to the homepage!  

We wanted to make questions more visible on the site, so now you’ll see recently asked questions directly on the homepage.

You’ll also see a list of Build in Progress news, where we’ll be sharing new features and challenges.  We plan to share more of the behind-the-scenes process of developing these features on our project pages, so check them out if you want to learn more!

Website Project

Mobile Project

Tue Apr 01 at 03:28 PM

We're excited to launch a major update to the Build in Progress Android app!  With the new app, you can now upload video straight from your Android device to the Build in Progress website.  Like before, you can create new projects, add new steps, and edit your projects from the app as well.

We've also created an alpha version of the app that you can now download from the Google Play Store as long as you're on our list of testers.  To gain access to the Play Store listing, please click the "Request Invite" button and fill out the form.  


After you've been approved, you'll receive an email with details on how to download the app.  

Finally, as an alpha tester, you'll be able to report to us if you run into issues while using the app.  Please fill out a crash report if you come across any problems, or leave a comment below on this project page.  

We're also brainstorming new ways to enable branching via the Android app and are happy to take any suggestions!

Sun Mar 02 at 03:25 PM

We're launching two new features today: project categories and design files!

Project Categories

We’re working on a way for you to easily search through existing projects, and the first step towards that is a new category system.  You can select multiple categories for a project by clicking the “Edit Project Categories” link at the top of the page.  The categories of projects you’ve built show up on your profile as well!  

On the project page, you can now also filter projects by categories.  The more you categorize your projects, the easier it’ll be for other people to find them.

Uploading Design Files

You can now share digital design files (such as CAD files, Arduino or Processing sketches, or laser cutter files) with any of the steps of your project.  This can be be helpful for others following or remixing your project, and can just be helpful for you to organize your files.  You can upload any file that is less than 10 MB in size.


As always, if you have any questions or comments, please leave them below!

Wed Feb 12 at 12:03 AM

You can now add collaborators to any project!  To do so, go to a project page and click the "collaborators" button (located in the byline of the project).  From there, you'll be able to search for any users on the site and add collaborators by username.  All collaborators are able to edit the project directly.  

As always, if you run into any issues, please leave a comment!

Fri Jan 10 at 07:09 PM

We're trying out a bunch of new changes to Build in Progress today.  You'll now find a completely redesigned project page that includes the following new features:

  • Full screen process map: You can now view your "process map" in full screen by minimizing the step descriptions on the right.  This makes it a lot easier to view long projects!
  • Project banner: The project banner at the top of the page now includes a description of your project (the "project overview") and a slideshow of images from your project.  
  • New add step interface: When you add a new step to your project, it automatically gets added after the last step you created.  To rearrange it, you can click and drag the New Step block in the process map when you're editing the step information.

Please let us know in the comments if you run into any issues or have any suggestions!

Mon Dec 30 at 02:47 PM

We're excited to announce a new social feature to the site: following users!  

If you go to any profile page, you can now click "follow" to get updates about what that person is creating and doing on Build in Progress.

Our new homepage includes an "Activity Feed" where you can see all the latest activity from the users you're following.

We're also highlighting featured projects right at the top of the homepage with our new slideshow.

Let us know if you have any comments or suggestions in the comments below.  And thank teddybear for all her hard work in making this happen!

Sun Dec 22 at 01:01 PM

The Build Your Name Challenge officially ends today, Sunday December 15th.  Congrats to all participants who shared their projects!  Here are some things you can do as we wrap up the challenge:

  • Add a project overview - If you haven't added a description to your project overview, try adding one.  Let us know what gave you the idea to create your project!
  • Check out your comments - You may find some comments on your project that you can respond to.
  • Leave a comment - If you find a project you like, let the person know by leaving a comment on their project.
  • Remix a project - Inspired by something you found?  Try remixing it and creating your own version.

If you have any thoughts or suggestions about the challenge, please leave a comment below!

Sun Dec 15 at 10:10 AM

Our first Build in Progress challenge comes to a close on December 15th.  That means if you're still working on your project, you have a week to finish it! 

As you're updating your Build in Progress project, remember to add a description of your project.  What does it do, and what inspired you to make it?  If it moves, try adding a video to share how it works!

If you want any advice on your project, leave a question on a step so others know you're looking for feedback.

Happy building!

Sun Dec 08 at 07:43 PM

The first Build in Progress challenge theme is .... *drumroll* ....

Build Your Name!  

Introduce yourself by creating a project that incorporates your name.  You can create an interactive nametag to hang on your door, a stop animation using the letters of your name, a cake with your initials...it’s all up to you!  

To participate, create a project and add it to the Build Your Name Challenge collection here:

Build Your Name Challenge Collection

You’ll find some sample projects there created by some of us here at MIT!

A great place to start is sharing a sketch of what you plan to build.  Please share a sketch by Sunday, Dec. 8th so we can check in with how everyone is doing!

We’re also introducing two new features that may be helpful as you share your project:

  • Ask for Advice - You can now ask for advice from others about your project.  When you create or edit a step, you can ask a question by filling out the “Ask for Advice” section.  Be sure to mark the question as “answered” once you’ve decided what to do!  To respond to any question, leave a comment on the step.

  • Uploading video files - You can now upload videos directly to your project (without having to put it on Youtube or Vimeo).  When you add a video, you’ll see two tabs: Embed Video and Upload Video.  You can upload a video file that's under 50MB.

Happy building!  If you have any questions, leave a comment!

Sun Dec 01 at 12:00 AM

We’re excited to announce our first ever Challenge on Build in Progress!  

We’re keeping the name of the Challenge a surprise until the official launch on December 1st, so be sure to come to the site then to find out what the theme is!

With the challenge, makers from around the world will be building and sharing projects inspired by the theme.  It’s an opportunity to introduce yourself to the Build in Progress community, get feedback on your designs, and check out cool projects that other people are building!  

The challenge will be officially open from December 1st to December 15th. You don’t need to sign up for the challenge in advance; just submit your project on the Challenge Collection when it’s launched on December 1st.

We hope you’ll be able to join us, and we can’t wait to see what awesome projects you create!

Fri Nov 22 at 03:11 PM

Today, we’re happy to release a prototype of the Android Build in Progress app!  With the app, you can create, view, and update your projects using any Android device with Gingerbread OS (version 2.3.3) or newer. We hope the app will make it much easier to upload images to your projects.  We’re currently working on video integration so you can upload video straight from your phone; stay tuned!

Right now, you need to have a consistent internet connection to use the app.

If you want to add a description to your steps quickly, try using the speech-to-text option to transcribe an audio description to text.

For full instructions on how to download the app onto your Android device, please go to the following page:


We will be working on an iOS version soon, so look forward to that!

If you run into any issues or have any suggestions, please leave a comment.  Happy documenting!

Tue Nov 05 at 11:56 PM

We now have Collections on the site!  Collections are a way to group projects by a theme.  For example, I created a Collection for littleBits projects to highlight some of the Build in Progress projects we created during a littleBits workshop last month.  You can check out the collection here:


To create a collection, click on your username in the navigation bar at the top of the screen, and you'll see two new links: Create Project and Create Collection.  You can add projects to your collection by adding the Project URL on the collection page.  Anyone can add projects to a collection, but only the owner of the collection can remove projects.  You can check out Collections by visiting the Collections section of the Explore page and viewing Collections on user profiles.  

Collections are brought to you by the hard work of teddybear.  Let us know if you have any issues or question in the comments!

Mon Oct 21 at 12:24 AM

You can now embed video from Youtube and Vimeo into your project!  To do so, you only need to enter the URL for the video (note: you no longer need to paste the entire embed code; just the URL).  

There is also a new feature to add other media.  For now, we're starting with embedding Soundcloud files.  To embed a Soundcloud file, click the "Add Other Media" button when you're creating a step, and enter the URL of your Soundcloud file.  The Soundcloud player will then be embedded in your project!  Check out the one I've added, which is just an example for fun. (=  Also notice that you can tell which files have Soundclouds based on the audio icon over the image.

Do you have any special requests for other things you'd like to embed in your project?  Let me know in the comments, and if there's enough demand, we'll add it in!

Sun Oct 06 at 07:04 PM

I added some pages you can access if you run into problems.

The new help page has some animated gifs (pronounced "jif"!) that explain how to create branches and remixes.  

If you run into any bugs or have any suggestions, you can also submit the issue on the contact page.

Wed Sep 04 at 05:13 PM

This is a small update, but you can now add a small "about me" to your profile page.  Click the "edit" button near the image to add it!

Fri Aug 23 at 01:38 PM

The most recent addition to Build in Progress is notifications, where you'll be able to see when people comment on, favorite, and remix your projects!  When you sign in, you should see the notification icon in the top right next to your username.  There, you'll see some of your most recent notifications.  

If you click "View All," you'll go to the notifications page, which has two tabs.  The first tab shows activities on your project as well as any comments people have left on projects you've commented on.  The second tab shows only notifications on your own projects.

Do you have any suggestions?  Feel free to share in the comments!

Thu Aug 22 at 12:18 PM