Following up on the success
of its first-ever global environmental challenge held last year, electronics
Farnell and its U.S subsidiary Newark
have announced that entries are now being accepted for the 2008 Live EDGE Competition.
The contest, which carries
with it more than $100K USD in cash prizes, is open to electronic design
engineers, inventors, hobbyists, and students. Winning entries will receive a
$25K USD cash prize and a $25K USD support package to assist in bringing their
designs to market. Up to six designs will be awarded an honorable mention that
carries a $5K USD cash prize.
Entries, which must use electronic components, will be judged against a number
of key criteria, including originality of the idea, positive impact on the
environment, and feasibility of the design.
More than 3,000 participants
from around the globe submitted entries in last year's competition. John Noble,
an electronics engineer from Malaysia,
received top honors for his ceiling fan design that reduces the input power by
up to two thirds through an energy-saving motor control scheme and new,
aerodynamic blade design. Noble is currently a director of Torus Technologies
Sdn Bhd, a company formed to commercialize his winning high-efficiency fan
This year's Live EDGE
contest includes a separate category for students -- a move that Newark
President DeWight Wallace explains will even the playing field and help bring
recognition to young engineering talent.
Also new to the competition
this year is a series of companion virtual events focused on green design. The
first of these Live EDGE EcoSphere events, "Designing for Energy Efficiency
& More," will be broadcast live on October 15, 2008, from 8:00 am to midnight
EST. Attendees will have the opportunity to download technical videos and white
papers, chat live with manufacturers and application engineers, and network.
Registration details and information on upcoming events on lighting and
communications are available at the Live EDGE website.
Live EDGE participants can enter their designs through January 31, 2009, at www.live-edge.com. Interested engineers can also join the Live EDGE Design Challenge Group on Facebook. As an
added incentive for early birds, completed entries are automatically entered
into monthly drawings for a $2K USD cash prize. Winners will be notified by April 2, 2009.