PopSci Innovation Challenge: Tracking Electronic Waste

Can you come up with a way to follow discarded gadgets?

Discarded Gadgets
Discarded GadgetsCourtesy Chris Jordan

Our latest featured challenge is a tough one. EMC is looking for a way to track electronics as they're disassembled and discarded. According to the company, "it is simply too difficult to measure the true destination of e-waste as it passes through the hands of downstream contractors who handle disposal and recycling." They don't know where it ends up or how, and they want to change that.

The challenge seeks ways to track individual parts and subsystems as they move through the disposal process. Maybe it's a device. Maybe it's a new process. If they choose your solution, they'll pay you cash for it. And then you can go buy a new gadget.

Visit our innovation pavilion to read the details and join in.