Lights for Life Challenge

What is the future of connected lighting design and how will it improve our lives?

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Calling all Makers!

Make: has partnered with GE and Hackster.io to bring you this really cool challenge, and we’re excited to offer you an invitation to participate. The future of lighting isn’t just about illumination, it’s about intelligence, folks. Because the average home has 45 light sockets with unobstructed vantage points and a power source, lighting is uniquely positioned to be the “glue” of the smart home.
This is a call to inventors, hardware developers, and designers to bring your vision of intelligently connected lighting to life! Show us your bright idea — like how to know when your kids arrive home from school while you’re still at work, or how to closely monitor an elderly parent, or how to locate your dog when it’s time to go for a walk. You’re encouraged to consider lighting from every angle, from table and floor lamps to light bulbs and Bluetooth®-enabled devices to voice-activated illumination or lights triggered by temperature sensors.

Make something great.

You’ll be working with C by GE, the cutting-edge leader in affordable, Bluetooth®-enabled LED bulbs. The winning design will become an extension of the C by GE product family.
The C Life bulb gives you an easy way to illuminate your intelligent home by day, while C Sleep, with its three distinct settings, makes for the perfect bedroom light. GE is developing its own app too, allowing people to program C by GE to interact with smart devices throughout the home.

What will your C by GE invention do?

The winning designer will be awarded $25,000
and will be showcased in New York at World Maker Faire!

Judging Criteria

Your goal is to create a design around a responsive lighting fixture that considers:

  • 01
    Technical feasibility (15pts)
    Y’know, will it actually work?
  • 02
    Meet design criteria (20pts)
    Does it use specified parts?
  • 03
    Innovation (15pts)
    Just how clever is it?
  • 04
    Presentation clarity (50pts)
    How well does the fixture meet the design intent?

Timeline

(Don’t be late. That would be silly.)

Stage 1

Project idea submissions due July 19.

Stage 2

Create, build and finalize projects.
Submit to judging panel.

Stage 3

Winners present their innovations at
World Maker Faire in New York in October.

Think of the possibilities! Now go design them. Want to get in on the challenge? Let’s get started.

Submit Your Idea Now!

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