If you’ve been reading Inhabitat recently, hopefully by now you have noticed that we are organizing an event in NYC in February called the Greener Gadgets Conference – to explore design innovations for sustainability in the consumer electronics space. For anyone who missed it, we want to remind you that we have launched a groundbreaking design competition to complement this upcoming event: GREENER GADGETS DESIGN COMPETITION! – with $4500 in cash prizes for the winners!

We are teaming up with industrial design supersite Core77 to launch this fabulous design competition, and we are giving away $4500 in cash prizes to the most innovative and inspiring designs for greener consumer electronics.

To register for the competition, CLICK HERE >

Design Brief

We’re inviting 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.

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Entries will be pre-judged by representatives from Core77, Inhabitat and Greener gadgets. A set of finalists will be selected for final judging LIVE on stage at the Greener Gadgets Conference on February 1st, 2008 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 audience votes.

Judging Criteria

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


Grand Prize: US$2,500
Two Runners Up: US$1,000 each


December 26th: Submission begins
January 27th 11:59pm EST: Entry Deadline (competition closes)
January 29th: Finalists notified
February 1st: Finalists showcased at Greener Gadgets Conference. Winner and runners up selected



Please contact [email protected] with questions about the competition.

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About Greener Gadgets
Greener Gadgets is a one day conference scheduled for February 1st, 2008 and featuring key representatives from some of the largest consumer electronics companies in the world, innovators from academic thinktanks, members of startups focused on renewable energy, and some of the leading minds in the word of sustainable design and business.

For more information and to register for the conference visit the Greener Gadgets website.