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Second International E-Waste Design Competition

Ever wonder what happens to your electronic waste? That old computer or cell phone you discarded? Do you want new electronics in 10 to 20 years?

If so, here is your chance to do something about it by creating innovative new uses for existing electronic waste, as well as its future prevention.

Through the Second International E-Waste Design Competition, participants are asked to explore solutions to both remediate the existing e-waste problem and prevent e-waste generation in the future.


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 reuse 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.

You’re invited 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.

Entries are accepted in two official categories:

  • E-Waste Prevention
    • Electronic components focusing on the elimination or reduction of e-waste through life-cycle considerations. An entry in the E-waste Prevention category must focus on decreasing the amount of e-waste generation. The entries in this category should focus on new products or services.
  • E-Waste Reuse
    • Focuses on the aesthetic and technical reuse of e-waste into useful electronic and non-electronic products. An entry in the E-waste Reuse category must reuse old e-waste components in order to create a new product.

Participants should create an original video composition that serves as a commercial for their product, highlighting its design, features, and special design concepts. The video should not be a plain description of the project or a narrative description of the project.


The Jury will award one finalist from each of the two categories a Platinum Award of 5,000 USD, a Gold Award of 3,000 USD, and a Silver Award of 1,000 USD, for a total of six monetary awards. Honorable Mention awards may also be given.

Any additional prizes will be announced on the official competition web site.


  • The competition is open to anyone 18 years or older who is currently attending college, or who graduated from college since May 2007.
  • Teamwork across disciplines, backgrounds and ages is encouraged.
  • One entry per person or team is allowed.
  • Teams must have no more than 5 members.
  • Students are not allowed to be on more than one team, but students are allowed to submit a project with one team and additionally submit one individual project.
  • Entrants need to register for the competition between 4 January and 1 April 2011.

How to enter?

Each participant (person or team) must complete the online submission form that includes team and contact information, as well as a list of e-waste and new components used. A project description (500 words maximum) must also be included on the online submission form.

As part of the online submission form, each participant or team member will be required to provide proof of eligibility. Any one of the following is acceptable as proof of eligibility:

  • Copy of an official transcript from the college or university currently being attended or from which the participant has recently graduated. This should be in PDF format.
  • A letter of enrollment at an educational institution, in PDF format.
  • A letter from the entrant’s departmental advisor, in PDF format.