element14 & Microchip Initiate Sustainable Design Contest to Tackle the e-Waste Problem

19 September 2023

To help contribute to protection of the environment, element14 has partnered with Microchip on the ‘Upcycle IoT’ design challenge. The goal of this initiative is to repurpose e-waste, so that it has 2nd life usage in relation to IoT-based deployments.

After the preliminary phases of the competition, 20 selected participants will each be given a Microchip SAM E51 Curiosity Nano development platform, along with numerous accompanying MikroE Click boards. Using these items, they will be able to carry out upgrading of older pieces of electronic equipment so that they can be used in IoT implementations.

The qualification round is open until the 29th September, with those interested in being involved submitting their provisional ideas. Next, the chosen participants will receive their hardware. They must then submit their final projects, along with a minimum of 5 related blog posts, by 12th December. More information can be accessed at: https://community.element14.com/UpcycleIoT

The overall prize winner be given a Jackery 1000 solar generator and a SolarSaga 100W solar panel. The runner-up will receive a Jackery Explorer 550 portable power station.

“With more than 50 million metric tons of e-waste generated globally, we’re excited to launch a challenge that educates our community about upcycling while reducing some of the e-waste for the year,” notes Dianne Kibbey, element14’s Global Head of Community & Social Media. “We’re looking forward to seeing the creative ways our members bring new life to a project and generate great results.” 


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