[hackerspaces] U.S.-China Green Electronics Competition

Joshua Pritt ramgarden at gmail.com
Mon Mar 31 20:15:24 CEST 2014

Has anyone thought of this or is this a bad idea?
Use an oven or solder pot to desolder all the components from e-waste
circuit boards, etc. and sort them accordingly.  Then just evenly
distribute them among all the hackerspaces in the world.  This way the
electronics lab of all hackerspaces will have a really nice supply of
components to pick from with little to no cost to them.

On Mon, Mar 31, 2014 at 1:14 PM, Mitch Altman <maltman23 at hotmail.com> wrote:

> People I worked and played with in China are having a competition for
> people to hack e-waste into something cool.  Winners will receive prizes as
> well as the opportunity to showcase their creations on Slate.
> For details, please see the website and the press release is here (and
> copied, below):
> http://www.greenelectronicschallenge.com/
> and
> http://www.newamerica.net/node/106312
> Cheers,
> Mitch.
> ------------------
> Future Tense Initiative & Tsinghua University Launch New U.S.-China Green
> Electronics Competition
> Competition to Encourage Innovation on E-Waste Prevention
> Published:   March 26, 2014
> WASHINGTON, DC -- The Future Tense initiative - a partnership of New
> America, Arizona State University, and Slate magazine - is pleased to
> announce the launch of Green Electronics: A U.S.-China Maker Challenge, an
> unprecedented online DIY competition focused on preventing the creation of
> electronic waste (e-waste). The competition, a collaboration between Future
> Tense, China's Tsinghua University and other partners, invites U.S. and
> Chinese makers to find creative ways to turn yesterday's cellphone battery
> into tomorrow's treasure.
> "This is a great opportunity for the United States and China to work
> toward common goals," said Emily Parker, senior fellow and digital
> diplomacy advisor at New America, who helped spearhead this project. "Both
> the U.S. and China want to encourage the innovation happening at the DIY or
> maker level, and both countries face the challenge of reducing e-waste."
> Electronic products tend to become unusable after just a few years, and
> items such as computers, DVD players and cell phones frequently wind up in
> landfills. Some of the most creative solutions to this problem may come
> from U.S. and Chinese makers, many of whom already incorporate old
> electronic components into their DIY creations. Green electronics will
> encourage makers to showcase their creations online.
> Participants will be invited to upcycle or hack an electronic product to
> create a new electronic product; repair an electronic product; create a
> sustainable electronic product; or create artwork from used electronic
> products. They will show their inventions on Instructables.com, where
> submissions will be accepted from April 7 - May 31, 2014. Following a round
> of public voting, a panel of judges will choose the best selections from
> each country. Winners will receive prizes as well as the opportunity to
> showcase their creations on Slate.
> Judges include Chris Anderson, former Wired editor; Joi Ito, Director of
> the MIT Media Lab; Mitzi Montoya, Vice President and University Dean for
> Entrepreneurship & Innovation at Arizona State University; and Sun Hong
> Bin, Dean of Educational Affairs at Tsinghua University. Partners include
> Instructables, TechShop, Hackerspaces.org, XinCheJian, Autodesk, and
> Inventables.
> For more information, please visit:
> http://www.greenelectronicschallenge.com/
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