Electronic waste, or ¡°e-waste,¡± generated by computers, TVs, cameras, printers, and cell phones is a new and growing global issue.Through the Sustainable E-waste Design Competition participants will explore solutions to this problem on the local level and beyond.The spirit of this competition is to invigorate the academic and industry dialogue about product designs for environmentally responsible green computing. With your participation and through this design competition, we hope to begin a new dialogue, refresh awareness, and explore new directions in sustainable, environmentally responsible product designs for computing.
As we understand more about a product¡¯s entire life cycle, from concept through end of life, we become better equipped to design products that lessen the impact on the environment and still provide the necessary functionality.Furthermore, through better design process tools such as Life Cycle Analysis (LCA) we can design computer products that are more sensitive to the total carbon footprint they generate.
Entries will be presented to the public through the www.ewaste.illinois.edu website and press events. In that same spirit, the organizers will not claim rights to the intellectual property of the entries, but all entrants should know that their submissions will be made public.
Participants are encouraged to enroll in the Sustainable E-Waste course ARTD 391/591. Course enrollment is not required in order to enter the competition and participants may attend course lectures and seminars without enrolling. This course will cover relevant topics such as history and theory of sustainable design and sustainable e-waste design techniques.
A e-waste collection event will be held on campus from 9:00-2:00 p.m., Saturday, February 21, 2009 at Lincoln Hall, 702 S. Wright St., to collect unused CPU¡¯s, monitors, keyboards, mice, printers, scanners and cell phones. (TV¡¯s and other electrical e-waste cannot be accepted). Donors are encouraged to donate there old computers as specified above as these items will be made available to students entering the competition. Donations will be limited to ¡°one carload¡± of computer e-waste per donor. Additional material from donors beyond ¡°one carload¡± will be accepted on a space available basis.
Registration is online: www.ewaste.illinois.edu
Participants can register as individuals or as teams as long as the team has no more than 5 members. Entrants need to register for the competition between January 29 and March 16, 2009. There will be no opportunity for early or late registration. For additional questions contact Professor William Bullock at email@example.com or 217.265.0873.
As an entry fee to the competition, contestants are encouraged to donate an old computer that is no longer being used. Donors are encouraged to delete personal information before donating equipment; however, hard drive data will be treated securely and erased.Electronic components for the competition teams to use will be made available through a campus wide e-Waste collection event.
Those entering the competition will be provided with a secure work area in Lincoln Hall on a first come first served basis. E-waste for projects will be provided. E-waste distribution details will be sent to entrants. Approximately 30 secure workspaces for building models and designs will be provided on a first come first served basis in Lincoln Hall. Information regarding distribution of e-waste will be sent to teams entering the competition.