Premier Farnell is a well-known multi-channel distributor and its companies include Newark, Farnell , Premier Electronics, CPC, Farnell-Newark and MCM.
Premier Farnell has launched its international competition Live EDGE – Electronic Design for the Global Environment, now in its second year.
The competition is designed to provide a forum, where electronic design engineers and students can design products that are environmentally-friendly through the use of electronic components.
Registration for news, updates and activities can be done through the Live EDGE website or on the Live EDGE Design Challenge group on Facebook.
The Live EDGE website will soon feature social networking tools and a community forum for engineers to share and develop ideas.
Entries can be submitted between October 1, 2008 and January 31, 2009. Judging will start on February 1, 2009 and winners will be announced on April 2, 2009. The competition is open to anyone aged 18 or over.
Electronics engineers, students and inventors around the world are invited to submit designs for an innovative product that utilises electronic components and has a positive impact on the environment, for example by increasing energy efficiency or reducing carbon emissions.
The winning entrant for both the full-time student and the general/open category will receive a cash prize of $25,000 as well as a design support package valued at an additional $25,000 to move their design towards production.
The support package will include the services of an electronic design consultancy to help develop the design to prototype stage, assistance with legal matters and IP registration, some marketing and publicity, as well as Premier Farnell’s help in securing investment funding.
The Group will actively market the end product to millions of customers globally through their leading edge website, catalogue and direct marketing.
In addition, up to 3 entrants for the full-time student category and 3 entrants for the general/open category will be eligible for honourable mentions, each receiving a cash prize of $5,000.
An important and influential panel of judges from around the world feature a mix of innovators, engineers, entrepreneurs, academics, industry innovators and environmental campaigners; it will be chaired by Sir Peter Gershon, who chaired last year’s event, and he will be joined by John Noble, last year’s winner from Malaysia who is enjoying Premier Farnell’s support currently to take his ideal energy- saving product to market.
Reflecting the environmentally-friendly theme of the competition, Live EDGE will be largely web-based to avoid international travel and transportation.
For example, the judges will confer online and it will be possible to view the award ceremony from the competition website.
“The Earth is facing environmental threats on an unprecedented scale and by unleashing the creativity that exists within the electronics industry, we can make a positive difference to these global challenges,” said Harriet Green, CEO of Premier Farnell.
“Our first Live EDGE had over 3,500 registrants from over 102 countries last year, providing electronics design engineers the opportunity to have a true impact on our future and see their vision become a reality.”
“We have listened to the feedback from last year’s entrants and believe this year’s challenge will be even better, particularly by embracing the enormous role that universities and today’s students will play in our future.”
“Live EDGE has truly become a unique design challenge for the world, as we see our future in the designs of our electronic design engineers.”