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Do you have an innovative project that you think is “green” or one you’ve been thinking about starting? That word green gets tossed around a lot. It’s slapped onto everything these days. What constitutes “green” can be a relative thing. Do you think others would find your project “environmentally-friendly,” a worthwhile solution to today’s environmental problems? Does it promote conservation? Appropriate use of technology? Let’s find out. MAKE is running a green project contest, as part of GE’s ecomagination.

How the Contest Works:

Tag Your Green

  • Post your green-worthy DIY project to the Green Project Contents website here on MAKE.
  • Grab the code generated after you’ve registered your project. This is your “tag.” Place this HTML code on the project page of your website, on your blog, wherever you want, and Tag Your Green!
  • Encourage your readers, family and friends, your social network to vote for your project. When they hit the Vote for My Green Project badge on your site, they’ll be taken to your project page on MAKE where they can vote.
  • Post the link to your MAKE Green Project page to Facebook, Twitter, and other social networks and encourage others to do the same.
  • Posts that get lots of votes, besides being eligible for prizes (see below), will also draw the attention of MAKE editors. We’ll start doing blog posts, and maybe even articles in the magazine, about some of the more popular projects.

What You Win:
The project that gets the most votes between now and December 31, 2010 (11:59pm PDT) will be the Grand Prize winner. After this top prize winner, those with the most votes in each category will win runners-up prize packages.

Grand Prize Winner — Trip for two to Maker Faire 2011 (winners choice of Bay Area, Detroit, or New York). Travel, lodging, and event tickets covered (up to $1500). The opportunity to award five “Green Maker” ribbons at the Faire.

Grand Prize Winner and five Runners-up will receive: 1-year subscription to MAKE magazine, an autographed copy of Made by Hand by Mark Frauenfelder, a Maker’s Notebook, a Sparkle Labs SunMod Kit (turns your remote control into a solar-powered device), and two adult day passes to the Maker Faire of choice.

To help inspire you, we’re putting together a series of videos on Maker Pioneers who are doing work we think is worthy of the tag “green.” The first video is with Saul Griffith (MAKE advisory board member and columnist), talking about his Onya Cycles business.

So, what are you waiting for? Tag Your Green! Get all of the details on the Green Project Contest website on MAKE.

Gareth Branwyn

Gareth Branwyn is a freelancer writer and the former Editorial Director of Maker Media. He is the author or editor of a dozen books on technology, DIY, and geek culture, including the first book about the web (Mosaic Quick Tour) and the Absolute Beginner’s Guide to Building Robots. He is currently working on a best-of collection of his writing, called Borg Like Me.


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