Global challenge offers engineering students and professionals rare opportunities to bring their designs to the marketplace

Premier Farnell plc, the leading multi-channel, high service distributor and its companies (Farnell, Newark, Premier Electronics, Farnell-Newark CPC, and MCM), today announced that design submissions for the international design competition, Live EDGE – Electronic Design for the Global Environment will close on the 31st of January 2009. Since the competition’s launch in October 2008, design engineers, students and academics from around the world have registered at to submit designs for an innovative product that utilises electronic components and has a positive impact on the environment. The majority of registrations to date have come from India, the US and China.

A unique prize package will be awarded for both the student and open/general competitions, which are running concurrently. The winner of each competition will receive a $25,000 USD cash prize, plus a unique package of support services valued at an additional $25,000USD from experts in the fields of design consultancy, marketing, legal and commerce, to drive the winning designs towards production. In addition, three runner-ups in each competition will receive $5,000 USD each.

“We are thrilled that the time to start judging the 2008 Live EDGE competition is approaching and we look forward to yet again experiencing the brilliance of our customers around the globe,” said Harriet Green, Chief Executive Officer of Premier Farnell plc. “Once again, Live EDGE will showcase the most innovative designs from the global electronic design engineering community. Last year’s competition was a huge success. I look forward to seeing this year’s winners and helping to bring their designs to market.”

Several of last year’s Live EDGE winners have written blogs offering advice to entrants and detailing their experiences. These blogs, a sample entry, and complete details on the challenge are located at Live EDGE Design Challenge groups are also available on Facebook and LinkedIn.

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