This Earth Day we’re partnering with those cool cats at Kuttlefish to challenge you to turn your e-waste into something extraordinary. So grab those old USB cables, busted MP3 players, and dusty printers—then channel your inner MacGyver and upcycle away! You could have a shot at winning an All-new Pro Tech Toolkit, a 64 Bit Driver Kit, iFixit t-shirts, or a gift card from Kuttlefish.
It’s been nearly three months since Apple released iOS 7 to the public, and a jailbreak still isn’t available. Well, accessibility advocate Chris Maury just sweetened the pot a little bit. Yesterday, Maury launched the Device Freedom Prize, a crowd funded reward for the first developers to release an open source jailbreak for iOS 7. “We strongly believe that users should have the freedom to control their devices,” the contest details explain. We agree. Time to stage a jailbreak.
Our society is good at building stuff—from large structures to small devices to entire communities. But what happens when we challenge ourselves to build something even greater? What if we tried to build a whole new world? Literally. Sustainia is an innovation platform in Copenhagen that celebrates today’s top visionaries. These are people who are chipping away at the world’s biggest problems using tangible solutions—all in the pursuit of a sustainable future.
iFixit recently partnered with Core77 and Autodesk to host the second Design for (Your) Product Lifetime contest. We reached out to the next generation of hardware designers and asked them what a brighter future of product design might hold. Their challenge: Design a smart product that is durable, repairable, and sustainable. Check out the winning designs.
So here’s a challenge for the students among you: Can you design a smarter “smart” product? Can you make a product that is connected and wired, but also environmentally smart—repairable and designed to last, even if some of its components need to be replaced?
Can you figure out how to track electronic waste as it moves downstream, from electronics recyclers to its final location in waste sites, scrap markets, or remanufacturing plants? Popular Science and InnoCentive’s latest Innovation Challenge offers a reward of up to $10,000 for the best scalable system to track electronic waste.
Do you know what this is? Tell me in the comments. I’ll update Monday morning with the correct answer—the first person to guess correctly gets a $20 iFixit gift certificate! Just make sure to include your email address so I know where to send it.