Competition for environmental electronic design

Friday, 18 May, 2007

A major international design competition called Live Edge — Electronic Design for the Global Environment has been launched by Premier Farnell, global distributor of electronic components.

Electronics engineers, students and academics around the world are invited to submit designs for an innovative product that utilises electronic components and has a positive impact on the environment, for example by increasing energy efficiency or reducing carbon emissions.

The winning entrant will receive a cash prize of US$50,000 as well as the support to move the design towards production.

The support package, estimated to be worth an additional US $50,000, will include the services of an electronic design consultancy that will develop the design to prototype stage, assistance with legal matters and IP registration, marketing and publicity, as well as Premier Farnell's help in securing investment funding.

The judging panel will feature a mix of innovators, engineers, entrepreneurs, academics, industry leaders and environmental campaigners. It will be chaired by a leading figure from the electronics industry.

Live Edge will be largely web-based to avoid unnecessary international travel and transportation. For example, the judges will confer online and it will be possible to view the award ceremony on the competition website.

The closing date for registration is 31 October 2007 and entries must be submitted by 30 November 2007. The competition is open to anyone aged 18 or over and the winner will be announced in January 2008.

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