Let's roll up our sleeves and prototype for Refinement!
In the first two phases of our E-Waste Challenge, we shared inspirations and ideas to help each of us learn more about the issue of discarded electronics and design solutions that are good for the planet and for people. Together our collaborative community created over 100 diverse and innovative concepts, from marketing campaigns and apps for consumers, to business-to-business exchange programs and government legislation to incentivize certain recycling behaviors.
Recently OpenIDEO, our challenge sponsor Itaú, and our partners at US Department of State and US Environmental Protection Agency (many of whom work directly on issues of e-waste management and recycling) came together to review the challenge concepts and choose our shortlist for the Refinement phase. Together we developed a list of 20 shortlisted concepts that we feel are well-positioned for further iteration and future impact.
How did this shortlist come about? First the panel revisited our challenge Themes (opportunity areas for your ideas that we described at the beginning of the Concepting phase) to get a sense of which of your concepts fit where. Then, we took time to review all of your comments, applause and views to better understand which ideas had you buzzing and collaborating. From there each member of the panel shared their own suggestions of which concepts they were most excited about. Since we had such a diverse panel of e-waste, innovation and business experts in attendance, each member of the panel brought a unique perspective on the ideas with the most potential for implementation and impact.
Now it's time for the collaboration to continue – this time in our interactive Refinement phase. If your concept made it into the shortlist, get ready to fine-tune your submission, add virtual team members, create new visuals, or even experiment with an early prototype of your idea out in the real world. And if your idea hasn't moved on – there will still be plenty of chances for you to join conversations, suggest new builds or designs, or join in on prototyping. Be sure to also check out these tips for Refinement.
We also wanted to take a moment to recognise our Honorable Mentions for this challenge:
Close the loop (discount for returned phone) by Robert Homberger
Create E-waste Awareness Through A Rubbish Tracking System by Michael Smith
Disassembly Tax Time by Juho Salminen
E-cycling Bin by DFA UIUC
E-trash into real cash by David Payne
Educate the Exact Population that is about to E-waste by Greg Keogh
Environmental rating (A lesson from fast food menus) by Andrew Allen
Recy-COOL-ability (now in Beta) by Paul Reader
Reuse and Repair // From AIESEC Brainstorm by Itaú Unibanco
The Life of your phone by Guilherme Negri
Use wireless digital tags to manage the waste stream! by Rob Caruso
Now it's time to head over to Refinement, check out the Top 20, and continue the fun!