International Sustainable Electronics Competition

International Sustaianable Electronics Competition LogoDuring the Spring 2009 semester, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC) students were challenged to create appealing, useful products from e-waste as part of the Sustainable E-Waste Design Competition. Participants were encouraged to enroll in a School of Art and Design course on sustainability and e-waste issues (ARTD 391/591) taught by industrial design professor William Bullock. Students in this class conducted an e-waste collection on campus to gather unused CPUs, monitors, keyboards, mice, printers, scanners and cell phones as fodder for design competition projects.

In 2010, the competition expanded to a global scale where applicants were asked to submit their videos of their entries. The name was changed to the International E-Waste Design Competition. While the competition has expanded to an international scale, Professor Bullock’s class participated with the local Champaign County Electronics Recycling Drive, and the class received donated electronics from Advanced Technology Recycling, which was used by the students to participate in the e-waste competition. To view the winning videos, please visit the SEI videos/presentations page.

In 2013, the name has again changed to better reflect the goal of the competition, sustainable electronics. The categories and judging criteria have changed to better reflect the types of entries we have received. Instead of Reuse and Prevention as categories, we now focus on Product and Non-Product categories with aspects of reuse and prevention embedded in the judging criteria. We feel this will better reflect the submissions and encourage particpants to consider impacts of electronics throughout their life cycles.

For more information, see Joy Scrogum's blog post, press release blog,or the International Sustainable Electronics Competition web site. You may also address any questions to Kirsten Hope Walker.

More information is available on the Sustainable Electronics Initiative (SEI) Press Coverage page and the SEI Photo Gallery.


Dell's Social Innovation Challenge

University students are invited to create or join a team to develop and share ideas to solve social and environmental problems. Participants have access to a community of mentors and network of university students. Students can enter under one or both of the competition tracts: Grand Prize Awards (five cash prizes totaling $105,000) and People’s Choice Awards (17 cash prizes of $1,000 each). Participants can post written descriptions, photos and videos to their idea page for everyone to view and supplemental documentation to be view by the judges only.

Design for [Your] Product Lifetime

This challenge keeps alive the belief that designers can make a difference in a product’s lifetime and anyone has the right to maintain or repair it. Core77 asks students to focus on product design for durability and reparability and provides free tutorials from Autodesk to help with the innovation and design process. Students can enter projects unit November 15, 2012 for up to $2,500 in prizes.

Our Planet, Our Stuff, Our Choice Video Competition

The EPA is sponsoring a video competition which asks participants to submit a 30 or 60 second video which would focus on any of the following issues: reducing/reusing, recycling, composting, consumption and environmental footprint. The video submission deadline is Feb. 16, 2010 and the winners will be announced in April of 2010. First, second, and third prizes are $2500, $1500, and $1000, respectively. 2 student winners (between 13 and 18 years old) will receive $500 each.

EPA’s P3: People, Prosperity and the Planet Student Design Competition for Sustainability

This competition is focused on benefiting people, promoting prosperity, and protecting the planet through innovative designs to address challenges to sustainability in both the developed and developing world. The competition has two phases. Initially, interdisciplinary student teams compete for $10,000 grants. Recipients use the money to research and develop their design projects during the academic year. Then, in the following spring, all P3 grant recipients attend the National Sustainable Design Expo featuring the EPA's P3 Award competition in Washington, D.C.


Greener Gadgets Design Competition

Greener Gadgets was a one-day conference held in February 27, 2009 that featured key representatives from some of the largest consumer electronics companies in the world, innovators from academic think tanks, members of startups focused on renewable energy, and other leading minds in the word of sustainable design and business. A competition was held in conjunction with the conference in which designers were invited to submit concepts for more environmentally-friendly consumer electronics products. Designs sought to minimize the environmental impact of these devices at any stage in the product lifecycle. Areas of sustainability to consider included energy, materials/lifecycle/recycling, social impact, and educational development. Designers could focus on a particular area of human enterprise (learning, playing, communicating, etc.) or a particular context (work, home, school, etc.), a particular material, or a specific device. Entries could also seek to create new paradigms for products and services. Greener Gadgets partnered with Core77 to present the competition. More information, including descriptions of winners and finalists, may be found on the Core77 web site.