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

charlie wallace charlie at finitemonkeys.com
Mon Mar 31 20:28:47 CEST 2014

A lot of the components are glued on as well as soldered. Heat control
is hard to make sure you don't damage the components that are worth
recovering. Then there is the issue of identifying them.

Usually its easier(and cheaper unless you don't count time) to get out
of date batches from ebay or companies that have very tight rules
about out of date components.

On Mon, Mar 31, 2014 at 11:15 AM, Joshua Pritt <ramgarden at gmail.com> wrote:
> 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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