International Sustainable Electronics Competition

"...we're living in the ReGeneration, which includes people of all ages throughout the world who want to make a difference in improving the Earth we all share."
Michael Dell, Founder and CEO of Dell, Inc.

Watch the winning videos from the 2013 competition.

The International Sustainable Electronics Competition will not be held in 2014, as the educational efforts of the Sustainable Electronics Initiative are under transition. See "Past Competitions" for information and winning videos from 2013 and previous years. Check this web site for future updates, and please visit www.sustainelectronics.illinois.edu for information on transforming our system of electronics design, production, use, and disposal.

2013 International Sustainable Electronics Competition Winner Announcement Press Release

Competition Rationale

Ever wonder what happens to your electronic waste?

Electronic waste, or "e-waste," including computers, TVs, cameras, printers, and cell phones, etc., is a growing global issue. Through the International Sustainable Electronics Competition, participants were asked to explore solutions to remediate the existing e-waste problem, prevent e-waste generation in the future, and foster a more sustainable system for electronic device development, use, and management.

The spirit of this competition was to prompt the industrialized world to dialogue about product designs and non-product concepts for environmentally responsible green computing and entertainment. The goals of this competition were to learn about ways to extend the useful lifecycle of electronic products, reuse electronic scrap for new and productive means, explore ideas to address the social and environmental impacts of electronics, and contribute to the body of knowledge that advances the practice of environmentally responsible product design for current and future technology products. We invited students to create a broad range of concepts and innovations to address these issues. Engineering, design, sustainability, or business knowledge were helpful, but were not required for success in this competition. We encouraged participation from interested students and recent graduates from any academic discipline. See the "Rules" section for complete details on the 2013 competition.