Greener Gadgets Design Competition

Core77, Inhabitat, and Marc Alt + Partners present a design competition on sustainability


The Greener Gadgets Conference will take place on February 1st, 2008 in New York City. As part of the event, Greener Gadgets has partnered with Core77 to seek out design innovations for greener electronics. This design competition will engage established design firms, emerging designers, and design students to come up with new and innovative solutions to address the issues of energy, carbon footprint, health and toxicity, new materials, product lifecycle, and social development. The top entries will be showcased live at the Greener Gadgets Conference for judging by a panel and the audience, and awards will be given out at the end of the night. Winners will also be showcased on,, and

Design Brief

Core77 is inviting designers to explore the concept of “Greener Gadgets.” Designs should seek to minimize the environmental impact of consumer electronic devices at any stage in the product lifecycle. Areas of sustainability to consider include:
1. Energy

2. Materials / Lifecycle / Recycling

3. Social & educational development

Participants are encouraged to consider their designs as part of the entire product ecosystem, and should think as holistically as possible. Designers may 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 may also seek to create new paradigms for products and services.

Ultimately, we are looking for “great gadgets” of the greener kind.


Entries will be pre-judged by representatives from Core77 and Greener gadgets. A set of finalists will be selected for final judging LIVE on stage at the Greener Gadgets Conference on February 1st, 2008 in New York City. (Finalists are not required to be in attendance.) Winner and runners up will be determined at the event though a combination of on-stage judging panelists and audience votes.

Judging Criteria

Entries will be judged on the following criteria: innovation, clarity of design, originality, form and presentation.


Grand Prize: US$2,500

Second Prize: US$1,000

Third Prize: US$1,000

Schedule & Rules

January 1st: Submission begins

January 27th Midnight EST: Entry Deadline (competition closes)

February 1st: Finalists showcased at Greener Gadgets Conference. Winner and runners up selected

Groups and Multiple Entries

You many enter the competition as a group. One member should fill out the registration, and all group members’ names should be at the start of the descriptive paragraph. If you would like to submit more than one design, register a second time to obtain a second registration number, and include that number with your other entry.


All submissions must be work that is original from the designer, created for this competition, and not in production. IMAGES SUBMITTED MUST NOT CONTAIN PREVIOUSLY COPYRIGHTED ARTWORK. Do not copy-and-paste elements from other sources. Submissions with such elements will be disqualified.



This competition is open to all designers, students and enthusiasts worldwide. Employees of Inhabitat, Marc Alt + Partners, and Core77 are not eligible to enter.


Please contact with questions about the competition.

For more information and to register for the conference visit the Greener Gadgets website.


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