Distributor’s “change the world” challenge offers $10000 in product prizes

November 23, 2016 // By Graham Prophet
At the recent electronica trade show, distributor Premier Farnell / element14 kicked off its “Change the world with $1000” design competition; you have until 20th January 2017 to submit intitial proposals, and the next significant date is at the 2017 Embedded World exhibition (Nuremberg, March 2017).

The stated aim of the distributor’s competition is, "to find out how the world of electronics can have a positive impact on the world we live in," by challenging designers to come up with creative ideas of how they could use $1,000 of products from element14.

No purchase is needed to enter: entrants download their bill of materials and write a short description of how they would use the products to change the world. The competition is open to all, whether they are hobbyists or experienced established engineers.

The competition will be judged by experts from element14, with 10 finalists receiving their chosen products to the value of $1,000 to create their design. The winners will also be given the chance to spend time with the element14 team to explore the options for taking the design to production. Engineers looking to enter the competition can find more information at www.element14changetheworld.com

Entrants can choose products from element14’s range of semiconductor interconnect and passive products, as well as development boards, single board computers, test equipment, tools and supplies for maintenance operations.

The link above sets out the sequence in detail; outline description by 20 th January; 25 finalists nominated on 14 th March 2017, who will then have to submit a more detailed video account of their project. From those, there will be 10 winners, who will receive their $1000-worth of product, with the announcement In June 2017.

The acquisition of Premier Farnell by Avnet is now complete. In a recent presentation, senior executives from Avnet declared their intention to have the Premier Farnell / element14 operation continue to run as it does now; that is serving the development/early stage part of the product life cycle. Avnet says that this complements its own presence in serving the transition to production, and the full-production phases of product manufacture. Avnet aspires to linking the two business models and being able to track and serve