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DCI Challenge + Unreasonable Institute + New Committee

Three updates from the Better World team. First, the deadline for the DCI Consumer Product Challenge has been extended to March 31, 2011 at 11:59 PM EST. Submit your sustainable product today for a chance at $1000 and having your product produced & distributed by DCI.

Second, our friends at the Unreasonable Institute are in the final stages of selection for their 2011 Unreasonable Institute attendees. The first 25 finalists to raise $8,000 in the Finalist Marketplace will be chosen to attend. Head over to to their home page for more.

Finally, the 2011 Planning Committee has been chosen and is hard at work on planning the next conference. Check out this blog post for more.

Check back here soon for an announcement of the 2011 conference dates.

ABWxD Featured in the Providence Journal

Julia Steiny, an education correspondent for the Providence Journal, recently wrote an article about the history of the conference. The article features quotes from 2010 Committee members Sophia Yang and Tim Dingman, as well as from conference co-founder Sharon Langevin. Read the full story here, then head over to our Press page for more ABWxD articles.

Apply to Join the ABWxD 2011 Planning Committee

Brown and RISD students: interested in planning next year’s conference? Join a group of like-minded students dedicated to creating a better world by design – apply today! Information sessions will be held this week at RISD (Metcalf C at 8 on Tuesday, 11/9) and Brown (Wilson 102 at 8 on Wednesday, 11/10). Information session attendance is not compulsory for applicants.

Update: The application period has come to a close. Thank you to everyone who applied. The new committee will be selected by the end of the semester.

Thank You For Coming

A Better World by Design 2010 has come to a close, and the committee would like to thank everyone who took part in the conference: attendees, presenters, exhibitors, sponsors, collaborators, volunteers, and more. Develop the connections you made, and come back next year ready to present your ideas to the world. We can’t wait to see what the ABWxD community can do!

Post Your Conference Photos in the ABWxD Flickr Group

Taken some noteworthy pictures of this year’s conference? Share them with the world by posting them to the abetterworld10 group on Flickr. Special thanks to Jori Ketten for already uploading some excellent images of all our hardworking volunteers in action – they deserve a lot of credit, and everyone on the planning committee would like to thank them for all their hard work.

Check Out Our Web App

The conference is just about to get underway, and we’re ready to unveil a great tool for all our smartphone-wielding attendees: the mobile app! Just follow the link to launch the web app optimized for the mobile experience.

All Tickets Are Sold Out!

A Better World by Design 2010 is completely full! We will no longer be accepting walk-in registrations. Volunteering is also full.

All Student Tickets Sold Out!

Registrations have been coming in left and right in the last week before the conference, and the whole committee couldn’t be more excited to host all of our soon-to-be attendees. Unfortunately, all spaces for students have been filled, both for 3-day and 1-day passes. Professional passes are still available, but they are going fast – register today before it’s too late!

ABWxD + IBM and Streaming Video

A Better World by Design would like to announce a collaboration with IBM Smarter Cities and unveil the first ever livestream of the conference! For details on both of these exciting updates, please read ABWxD alum Steve Daniels’ blog post.

The Box Office Featured on NPR

The host of Friday night’s social mixer is the subject of a recent piece by member station WRNI on NPR’s Morning Edition:

“In the beginning of the recession, shipping containers began stacking up on American shores. Architects saw an opportunity to recycle these relatively cheap building materials into homes and other living spaces. In Providence, R.I., designers have constructed what may be the first permanent, multistory office building in the United States made entirely from shipping containers.”

Read and listen to the full story here.