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Yes, we have competition...and lots of it!
There are several competitions going on around the world around many of the same issues that we are trying to deal with. I'll highlight them as I come across them. Hopefully you'll find them interesting enough to compete in and then tell us about it.
Here are the basics:
Aspen Design Challenge: Designing Water's FutureHat-tip: Ideaconnection
The international contest challenges cross-disciplinary student teams to develop design solutions that encourage responsible water use, provide access to freshwater to those in need and increase awareness about the importance of water conservation. Students and faculty from around the world will develop ideas this fall and submit proposals by December 2008. Winners will have the opportunity to refine and develop their concepts with world leaders and policy makers at the Aspen Environment Forum.
Intel’s INSPIRE•EMPOWER Challenge is calling for the best technology solutions to address four areas of global need – education, healthcare, economic development, and the environment. The contest will award seed funding of $100,000 USD to one winner in each category. The Challenge is designed to inspire developers, individuals, and organizations to innovate and empower them to deliver new ways to apply technology to these issues.
Live EDGE Global Environmental Challenge
Entries are invited for the $100,000 USD Live EDGE global environmental challenge for 2008. Qualified entrants can compete in one of two categories: student and general/open. The general/open competition is for design engineers, hobbyists, inventors and anyone else who is not a full-time student. The designs must be original and innovative, use electric and/or electronic components, and positively impact the environment, such as by increasing energy efficiency or reducing carbon emissions.
Imagine Cup: Solve the World's Toughest Problems
This year’s theme is "Imagine a world where technology helps solves the toughest problems facing us today." The United Nations has identified some of the hardest challenges in the world today in its Millennium Goals: End Poverty and Hunger, Universal Education, Gender Equality, Child Health, Maternal Health, Combat HIV/AIDS, Environmental Sustainability, Global Partnership. This year the Imagine Cup uses these ambitious challenges as a guiding light to inspire change all over the world. Deadlines vary for each category, so please visit the website for details.