It was a roller-coaster ride of a panel discussion at the Live Greener Gadgets Design Competition Judging at the close of Friday's Greener Gadgets Conference in New York City. After a 10-minute overview of some of the notable entries by moderator Allan Chochinov from Core77, the judges--Jeff Kapec of Tanaka Kapec Design Group, Jill Fehrenbacher of Inhabitat, and Saul Griffith of Makani Power--toured the audience through 13 of their favorite projects before deliberating to get things down to the Top 3 (In pre-judging sessions, they were unable to decide on a set of TOP 10). It was a difficult journey, with the audience ultimately chiming in with shout outs, criticisms, defenses, philosophical meanderings, and all the good stuff you would expect from a wonderful, engaged audience. Thanks for all the participation!
Ultimately it came down a Final Four: Power-Hog, Tweet-a-Watt, Indoor Drying Rack, and Laundry POD. The judges felt compelled to reward something "that wasn't electronic," and were charmed by the Shaker-simplicity of the Drying Rack. The Power-Hog seemed universally beloved, with audience members shouting out precedents for the pay-as-you-draw systems in England and Scandinavia. Tweet-a-Watt was a nice reminder of last year's winner--the D.I.Y. Enerjar--and Laundry POD also appealed to an anti-electronic sentiment.
Once the judges were decided on the four, the decision was turned it over to the audience, who, with the help of Allan's clap-o-meter iphone app WideNoise, delivered their ultimate verdict:
Again, the judges felt very positively toward the Laundry POD, and although there's no cash prize, we'll call it a "runner-up":
Congratulations to all the winners, and a big thank you to everyone who participated in the competition. Look for more pictures and videos soon, and if you haven't yet checked out the gallery, take a look through the TOP 50 Greener Gadgets!