Greener Gadgets design competition

Energy & Sustainability

The Greener Gadgets 2009 design competition is now open for entries:

We invite designers to explore the concept of “Greener Gadgets.” Designs should seek to minimize the environmental impact of consumer electronic devices at any stage in the product lifecycle. Areas of sustainability to consider include:

1. Energy
2. Materials / Lifecycle / Recycling
3. Social & Educational Development

Participants are encouraged to consider their designs as part of the entire product ecosystem, and should think as holistically as possible. Designers may choose to focus their entries 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 may also seek to create new paradigms for products and services.

Ultimately, we are looking for “great gadgets” of the greener kind.


Grand Prize: US$3,000
Second Prize: US$1,000
Third Prize: US$1,000


Entries will be pre-judged by representatives from Core77 and Greener Gadgets. A set of 50 Semi-Finalists will be showcased at the and websites for voting and commenting. A set of 10 Finalists will then be selected by the judges for final judging LIVE on stage at the Greener Gadgets Conference on February 27, 2009 in New York City. (Finalists are not required to be in attendance.) Winner and runners up will be determined at the event though a combination of on-stage judging panelists and live audience votes.

Entries will be judged on the following criteria: innovation, clarity of design, originality, form and presentation.

Enter and more information here. Here’s a video of entries and judging last year:

One more reason for you to go design something to help save the world!

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