We’re Making the World a Better Place While Someone Claims the Big Prize

September 28, 2018 Rich Nass

Phase One of the Better Place Design Challenge is complete. We received tons of entries and had the difficult task of whittling the number of finalists down to 10. I encourage you to check out those finalists, as the next round of judging involves you. Yes you! The community’s vote counts for 25 percent of the total judging.

Narrator for the blind concept design.

Here’s the deal: The finalists are currently building the prototype of the design they submitted, thanks to the hardware they received via the three sponsors, IAR Systems, Renesas Electronics America, and Embedded Computing Design. Those prototypes must be finished by the end of October. They will submit a video explaining how their design works, showing it in action.

Agricultural rover concept design.

That’s where you come in. Come back at the end of October to view the entries and cast your vote for which one should win the big prize ($6000US) and the second- and third-place prizes.

It’s clear that the contestants took the core of the challenge to heart, to make the world a better place. The entries include a personal healthcare monitor, a narrator for the blind, a skin cancer detector, and an agricultural rover. Check them all out and see which will get your support.

About the Author

Rich Nass

Richard Nass is the Executive Vice-President of OpenSystems Media. His key responsibilities include setting the direction for all aspects of OpenSystems Media’s Embedded and IoT product portfolios, including web sites, e-newsletters, print and digital magazines, and various other digital and print activities. He was instrumental in developing the company's on-line educational portal, Embedded University. Previously, Nass was the Brand Director for UBM’s award-winning Design News property. Prior to that, he led the content team for UBM Canon’s Medical Devices Group, as well all custom properties and events in the U.S., Europe, and Asia. Nass has been in the engineering OEM industry for more than 25 years. In prior stints, he led the Content Team at EE Times, handling the Embedded and Custom groups and the TechOnline DesignLine network of design engineering web sites. Nass holds a BSEE degree from the New Jersey Institute of Technology.

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