Led by partners in both the U.S. and China, the Green Electronics U.S.-China Maker Challenge is an international online competition focused on preventing electronic waste. Their mission is to redefine what is considered to be “waste”: “Yesterday’s cell phone battery could be tomorrow’s treasure,” according to the website. Participants are tasked with using an electronic product to create a completely new electronic product, repair an existing electronic product, create a sustainable product, or create artwork from used electronics parts.
Teams should create their own how-to videos and photo galleries, and, after registering, upload them to Instructables.com until the deadline on May 31, 2014. Hacker spaces in both the U.S. and China will also hold workshops for those who wish to compete. Judging will include a round of public voting as well as a panel of judges making the final decision. Prizes include tools and gifts valued at up to $2,500, and the opportunity for a feature on Slate magazine.