The overall theme of the US-China Green Electronics Challenge is to prevent the creation of electronic waste. Our mission is to redefine the concept of "waste": yesterday's integrated circuits could be tomorrow's treasure! We want to see authors upcycle or hack an electronic product to create a new electronic product; repair an electronic product; create a sustainable electronic product; and/or create artwork from used electronic products. The Challenge, organized and led by partners in the United States and China, is a joint effort to encourage innovation and environmental protection.

We're partnering with Arizona State University, The New America Foundation, Slate magazine, and Tsinghua University. Learn more about the competition and our partners at

A panel of judges made up of Instructables staff and respected members of the community such as Chris Anderson and Joi Ito will rate the finalists.

Please be sure that your entry into the contest contains original photos and text. Entries without original photos and text will be denied.

Multiple entries are accepted, but each entrant can only win one prize. Contest is open to entries from US, Canada [excluding Quebec], UK, China, Belgium, the Netherlands, Australia, Colombia, Germany, Switzerland, Norway, India, New Zealand, and Denmark. The Contest begins at 12:00 a.m. Pacific Standard Time (PT), April 7, 2014. Contest closes for entries at 11:59pm PT, May 30, 2014.

The winner(s) will be solely responsible for complying with any and all applicable statutes, laws (including, without limitation, common law, if applicable), rules and regulations and for bearing any personal income tax, VAT, withholding taxes, customs duties, or other taxes, fees, insurance, surcharges or other costs relating to receiving, claiming or collecting any prize.

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The Green Electronics Challenge is closed.

Grand Prize


Grand Prize (1)

One Grand Prize winner will receive:

Judges' Prize (1)

One Judges' Prize: Best Reuse of functioning electronics components will receive:

First Prize (5)

Five First Prize winners will receive:

Runner Up Prize (10)

Ten Runner Up Prize winners will receive:

Write an Instructable

Create a new Instructable that fits the guidelines outlined in the contest description above. To be eligible, Instructables must be published between Apr 7, 2014 and May 30, 2014 (11:59pm PT).


Upon publishing your Instructable you'll see checkboxes for open contests. Select Green Electronics Challenge. If you have entries currently eligible for entry, it will also show up by clicking "Enter this Contest" on the right side of this page.


Entries are accepted by Instructables staff within one business day Monday - Friday. What matters is the submission time, not acceptance time.


A panel of judges made up of Instructables staff and respected members of the community rate the finalists. The averages of the ratings determine the winners.


When the winners are decided they will be notified and announced here on the contest page.