Submit your idea to the Green Electronics Challenge by 11:59 p.m. on  May 31

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Share your idea on how to prevent e-waste for the chance to win a 3-D printer, CNC desktop mill and other gadgets and gifts valued at up to $2,500, as well as the opportunity to have your idea featured in Slate magazine.

The Green Electronics: US-China Maker Challenge is an international online competition focused on preventing the creation of electronic waste. Applicants will present some exciting possibilities by:

  • Repairing an electronic product
  • Upcycling or hacking an electronic product to create a new electronic product
  • Creating a sustainable electronic product
  • Creating artwork from used electronic products

Submission deadline is 11:59 p.m. on Saturday, May 31, 2014.

All participants will receive a free class at TechShop. Find out more.

Why e-waste
Because of rapid advances in technology, electronic products tend to become unusable after just a few short years. Computers, DVD players, refrigerators, cell phones, copiers and televisions are just a few examples of electronic products that typically wind up as electronic waste (e-waste). For that reason, e-waste is rapidly filling landfills both domestically and internationally, with an approximate 50 million tons of e-waste produced each year, and only about 15-20 percent of this e-waste is recycled.

E-waste can have a significant adverse effect on human and environmental health; these products frequently contain toxic chemicals such as lead, mercury and cadmium.

 

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