Next week a few of us from MAKE will attend the Greener Gadgets conference in New York City.

For three years, the Greener Gadgets Conference has explored sustainable design alternatives for the electronics we use in our homes and workplace every day.

The 2010 event, held February 25 in New York City, will feature two design keynoters, Yves Behar, founder of the San Francisco design studio, fuseproject, and Robert Fabricant, vice president of creative for frog design inc.

Behar’s design studio was responsible for the design of the world’s first $100 “XO” laptop for One Laptop Per Child, a project aimed at bringing education and technology to the world’s poorest children. Fabricant leads frog’s Design for Impact initiatives, which has harnessed the power of mobile technology to combat the world’s worst HIV and AIDS epidemic in KwaZulu Natal, South Africa.

Other speakers include visionaries from Green Life Smart Life, Autodesk, LaboGroup, MIT Media Lab, U.S. Green Building Council, Home Automatic Inc., Dwell magazine, Treehugger and more.

The conference closes out with the incredibly popular Greener Gadgets Design Competition, highlighting a new class of sustainable product concepts, from those that create their own energy to those that minimize the need for any electricity at all. Online registration is available until February 19. Readers can use the registration code “BLOG10” for a $50 discount.


Becky Stern

Becky Stern

Becky Stern ( is a DIY guru and director of wearable electronics at Adafruit. She publishes a new project video every week and hosts a live show on YouTube. Formerly Becky was Senior Video Producer for MAKE. Becky lives in Brooklyn, NY and belongs to art groups Free Art & Technology (“release early, often, and with rap music”) and Madagascar Institute (“fear is never boring”).