This innovative chair was last year's winner. Image courtesy of UncommonGoods
"Where a new invention promises to be useful," Thomas Jefferson said, "it ought to be tried." To celebrate National Inventor's Month, UncommonGoods is offering an opportunity to put this idea to the test.
YouGoods is an open design contest that calls on inventors and designers to submit their best idea for something that is practical, unique, and eco-friendly. Entrants have the opportunity to win $1,500 and see their invention reach store shelves, too.UncommonGoods asks that designs provide a clear vision of the end product, tell a good story, and are in some way unique, economical, and eco-friendly. They should answer key questions about who the product is for and what problem it solves and make judges say "Aha! Why didn't we think of that?"
All entries will be judged by Graham Hill, founder of TreeHugger, Debera Johnson of the Pratt Institute, Becky Stern from CRAFT magazine, and David Bolotsky, CEO of UncommonGoods. The winner will receive $1,500, a featured place at Makerfaire NYC, and the opportunity to transform idea into reality.
Submissions will be accepted until August 23, 2010.
For more information visit UncommonGoods.com
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