Better World conference this Saturday

Looking for another excuse to blow off your mounting work? Interested in design and the environment? Have we got the thing for you.

On Saturday, the crew from A Better World By Design will be back at it again, this time setting up shop in Smitty-B for a free one-day “mini-conference” open to the general public. Focusing on design-based solutions to local PVD social and environmental issues, the event will feature design workshops, a locally sourced catered lunch and a rapid prototype contest that’ll net the winner a cool $1,000. Who doesn’t like that? Dolla’ dolla’ bills, y’all!

The event is running from 9:45 am to 4 pm this Saturday, April 28, and space will be limited, so definitely register here if you’re interested. As an added bonus, those who make it to the morning portion get to experience something called the “Providence Granola Project.” Not exactly sure what that means, but let’s hope it’s nothing like the project they’re featuring in the afternoon

Beyond Beyond the Bottle: DCI Product Design Challenge 2012

Last year, Decor Craft Inc (DCI) partnered with A Better World by Design and brought us the DCI Product Design Challenge – and now they’re back with the 2nd annual Product Design Challenge!

The goal of the challenge is to move design toward products that engage with and attempt to resolve real problems facing our world. Here’s this year’s challenge:

“In today’s society, many people are spending more time indoors than ever before and missing the beauty outside. Submit an idea for a product that will encourage people to re-engage with the great outdoors.” (DCI/BWxD)

The challenge is open to designers around the world from any field, so jump on it, kids! It’s a pretty amazing opportunity to develop and submit an idea, and if doing that for its own sake isn’t enticing enough, the first place winner receives $1,000 and the opportunity to have their product distributed by DCI and showcased at the Better World by Design conference in the fall!

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