Gen. Y Cleans Up E-Waste at Sustainable Electronics Competition

International Sustainable Electronics Competition

International Sustainable Electronics Competition

The International Sustainable Electronics Competition Awards, announced their 2013 winners. The ISEC is an innovative competition created by the Sustainable Electronics Initiative (SEI) located in Champaign, Illinois.

Reduce, Reuse, Re-imagine

Begun in 2009, the competition aims to foster creative thinking in young adults as to how to reduce and reuse electronic waste, aka, e-waste, as well as raise awareness of the growing e-waste problem in the world.

Current and former students 18 and older from around the globe submitted their entries to two categories:

  • Product (items manufactured and intended for sale)
  • Non-product (concepts for organizations, services and item that not intended for individual sale to a single consumer)

Entries need to meet a long list of judging criteria, which includes innovation, the type of alternative materials used, and whether social issues were addressed, in order to win. The entrants must also create video commercials of their creations.

The Winners

This year’s winners include:

  •  E-waste Meets Farming, smart phones remanufactured as cow collars (Platinum, $3,000) Michael Van Dord, Swinburne University of Technology, Melbourne, Australia;
  •  Mion, a multi-purpose dynamo lighting system (Gold, $2,000) Mikenna Tansley, Jiayi Li, Fren Mah, Russell Davidson, and Kapil Vachhar from the University of Alberta, Canada;
  • Cellscreen, a large scale display system made from old phone displays (Silver, $1,000) Sam Johnston, Swinburne University of Technology, Melbourne, Australia.
  • ENERGENCIA, an educational program based on a children’s game kit encouraging the use of recycled materials and renewable energy concepts by Stephanie Vázquez and Pedro Baños of Instituto Tecnológico y de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey Campus Puebla, Mexico.

Watch the Winning Entries’ Commercials

Watch the videos of the winners and be in awe of how the next generations are stepping up today to develop and implement concepts and products for a cleaner, greener tomorrow using the waste of yesterday.

The SEI is the part of the Illinois Sustainable Technology Center (ISTC), a survey of the Prairie Research Institute at the University of Illinois Champaign-Urbana.

The ISTC’s mission is to … be at the forefront of environmental and energy research and innovative technological advances that protect natural resources and reduce wastes. We provide this knowledge to the general public, businesses, state agencies, and the scientific community to improve the environment and economic viability of Illinois, the nation, and the world.”