Electronic Waste, or “E-Waste”, generated by computers, TVs, cameras, printers, and cell phones, is a growing global issue. Through the International E-Waste Design Competition, participants will explore solutions to this problem at the local level and beyond.
We invite you to create a broad range of design concepts and innovations for technology products that demonstrate fresh approaches and responsible solutions for green computing technologies. Engineering, design, sustainability, or business knowledge will be helpful but not required for success in this competition.
The spirit of this competition is to prompt the industrialized world to dialogue about product designs for environmentally responsible green computing and entertainment. The goals of this competition are to learn about ways to re-use E-Waste for new and productive means, explore your own ideas for how to address E-Waste problems and contribute to the body of knowledge that advances the practice of environmentally responsible product design for current and future computing technology products.
Create a broad range of design concepts and innovations for technology products that demonstrate fresh approaches and responsible solutions for green computing technologies.
- DESIGNER/ARTIST CATEGORY – focusing on the aesthetic elements and physical interaction with the device.
See JURY/JUDGING CRITERIA, DESIGNER/ARTIST CATEGORY for more details.
- TECHNICAL/GEEK CATEGORY – Electronic components.
See JURY/JUDGING CRITERIA, TECHNICAL/GEEK CATEGORY for more details.
The Jury will award one finalist from each of the two categories, for a total of six monetary awards. A total of $16,000 in prize money will be awarded to six winning teams: A Platinum Award of $4000 US, a Gold Award of $3000 US, and a Silver Award of $1000 US in each category. The decisions of the jury are final. Honorable Mention awards may be given at the discretion of the judges. Any additional prizes will be announced on the competition website.
A selection of submitted entries will be exhibited to the public through the www.ewaste.illinois.edu website and press events. Finalist entries will be screened to the public at the International E-Waste Video Festival and publicized through the www.ewaste.illinois.edu website and press events. The organizers will not claim rights to the intellectual property of the entries, but all entrants should know that their submissions will be made public.
Winning individuals or teams will receive the prizes as indicated. Honorable mention awards will be given at the discretion of the judges. Any prize details not specified above will be determined by the event organizer at its sole discretion. Prizes are not transferable or refundable and must be accepted as awarded. No substitution prize may be made, except by the event organizer, who reserves the right to alter prizes if required by local laws. The winner is responsible for any and all other costs and taxes associated with receipt of a prize.
The twenty Finalists’ Videos will be presented to a jury and to the public in the International E-Waste Video Festival, to take place on the evening of 21 April 2010 at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Finalists are highly encouraged to introduce their video to the gathered audience and jury through online or on-site participation.
- The competition is open to anyone 18 years or older who is currently attending college, or who graduated from college since May 2006.
- Teamwork across disciplines, backgrounds and ages is encouraged.
- One entry per person or team is allowed.
How to enter?
Participants can register as individuals or as teams as long as the team has no more than 5 members. Entrants need to register for the competition between 11 January and 1 April 2010.