Inventive incentive

Electronics engineers, students and professors with eco-friendly ideas can cash in on their innovative concepts thanks to an international competition with a $100,000 purse.

Premier Farnell, a United Kingdom-based electronics components distributor, is accepting designs with electronic components that in some way help the environment, such as increasing energy efficiency or reducing carbon emissions. The winner of the “Live Edge” competition will receive a cash prize of $50,000, along with another $50,000 of services to help develop, register and market the innovation.

The grand prize winner, who retains all intellectual-property rights, will be announced in January. For registration and deadline information, check out