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Our Concepting phase has concluded. We took everything we learned during the Inspiration phase and used those insights to develop our own creative ideas to address the challenge question. Check out the fresh thinking and head over to the current phase to join our collaborative efforts.

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Where innovation gives electronics a second chance.  A community of innovators, perpetually-funded by the successes of projects, reinvents what it means to recycle electronics.

Where innovation gives electronics a second chance. A community of innovators, perpetually-funded by the successes of projects, reinvents what it means to recycle electronics.

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How many people in your town, including you, know about e-cycling? Why is there a lack of awareness when the increasing amount of e-waste is a serious problem throughout the world? The E-Cycle Truck aims to educate and facilitate e-cycling!

How many people in your town, including you, know about e-cycling? Why is there a lack of awareness when the increasing amount of e-waste is a serious problem throughout the world? The E-Cycle Truck aims to educate and facilitate e-cycling!

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"(e)waste not" is a booth at farmers' markets where people can learn about the hazards of e-waste and electronics production, how to responsibly dispose of their electronics, and how to reuse, repair or repurpose them.

"(e)waste not" is a booth at farmers' markets where people can learn about the hazards of e-waste and electronics production, how to responsibly dispose of their electronics, and how to reuse, repair or repurpose them.

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When I started college I had a friend who would give weird names to everything.  She named my ring Theodore Snowflake, her scarf was Antoinette Marie III.  

The closer we got, the more we started fabricating each others personality traits.

When I started college I had a friend who would give weird names to everything. She named my ring Theodore Snowflake, her scarf was Antoinette Marie III. The closer we got, the more we started fabricating each others personality traits.

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Encouraging companies who create electronics take it back and take responsibility for zero waste manufacturing. This would give them reusable materials and opportunity to innovate on not only products, but services.

Encouraging companies who create electronics take it back and take responsibility for zero waste manufacturing. This would give them reusable materials and opportunity to innovate on not only products, but services.

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This box is designed for a drop-off for cords and chargers and to be placed in local stores and shops. People can bring in their chargers for their old phones or cords that they no longer need to drop them off at the box for others who may need them.

This box is designed for a drop-off for cords and chargers and to be placed in local stores and shops. People can bring in their chargers for their old phones or cords that they no longer need to drop them off at the box for others who may need them.

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Ever had trouble finding out what to do with an item you own once you could no longer use it (i.e. a mobile phone that's been replaced, clothing that a child's outgrown, or a television that broke down)? Was the item ultimately reused or recycled?

Ever had trouble finding out what to do with an item you own once you could no longer use it (i.e. a mobile phone that's been replaced, clothing that a child's outgrown, or a television that broke down)? Was the item ultimately reused or recycled?

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