The Greener Gadgets Design Competition took place during the month of February, 2008, as part of the Greener Gadgets Conference in New York City. Core77 challenged the global design community to design a "greener gadget"; to create innovative solutions addressing the issues of energy, carbon footprint, health and toxicity, new materials, product lifecycle, and social development.
The design competition engaged established design firms, emerging designers, design students and design enthusiasts, and top entries were showcased live at the Greener Gadgets Conference by a distinguished panel and the audience. (There were 2 rounds of rigorous pre-judging prior to the live event.) Panelists were Valerie Casey (founder of The Designers Accord and Global Practice Head, Software Experiences at IDEO), Ryan Block (editor-in-chief of Engadget), and Jill Fehrenbacher (publisher of Inhabitat and coordinator of GreenerGadgets).
Core77 invited designers to explore the concept of "Greener Gadgets." Designs sought to minimize the environmental impact of consumer electronic devices at any stage in the product lifecycle. Areas of sustainability to consider included:
2. Materials / Lifecycle / Recycling
3. Social & educational development
Participants were encouraged to consider their designs as part of the entire product ecosystem, and to think as holistically as possible. Designers could choose to focus their entries on a particular area of human enterprise (learning, playing, communicating, etc.), or a particular context (work, home, school, etc.), a particular material, or a specific device. Entries could also seek to create new paradigms for products and services.
Entries were evaluated on the following criteria: innovation, clarity of design, originality, form and presentation.
Grand Prize (US$2,500)
EnerJar, designed by Matt Meshulam & Zach Dwiel
Second Prize (US$1,000)
Gravia, designed by Clay Moulton
Third Prize (US$1,000)
Green Cell, designed by Theo Richardson of RBW
Fourth Prize (Votaic Systems Solar Power Backpack)
Roll On, designed by Christian Karlsson