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.
A good marketing campaign can be an incredibly powerful weapon. The popularity of the "designated driver" message was the result of a powerful and common sense marketing campaign. What if we use the same tactics with e-waste?
What if we could re-appropriate our old devices and make something cool with them instead of throwing them away? Enter The Hacker's Cookbook and learn how.
Refinement: What if we had a Hacker's Kitchen where people could meet, learn and build?
Apply an old school method of ensuring beverage container reuse/recycling to consumer electronics. Have consumers pay an extra deposit when purchasing electronics that they will be refunded for recycling.
Be prepared to chip in to keep the earth green.
Have you ever found yourself having to resist from buying the hot, next-generation device when your old one was working just fine? If you manage to hold off, you'll get your green points back!
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!
"(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.
Companies redefine their business model so that they take responsibility of the material from the beginning of the process (before adding value to it) to the end (when device is not in use anymore); they sell services to consumers instead of devices.
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.
Older smart devices, like iPhones, become obsolete too quickly because new software is designed for newer, faster devices. This concept has proposals to get software makers to write new efficient programs for older devices, keeping them usable.
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.
Consumers often don't need electronics that are state of the art, and refurbished tvs, cell phones, and computers would be valuable as a cheap alternative for people who don't have the "cabbage" to spring for the latest and greatest tech.
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.
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?