Each year, when we sit down to start planning the Boneyard Build-Off, we have to figure out what challenge to put to those Titans of Trash, the DIYers of Detritus, those… er… Jiants of Junk (alliteration is hard), the Boneyard Build-Off Teams. It needs to be cool, it needs to be something the teams can do over the course of 2 days, and most of all, it needs to turn the Boneyard trash into treasure. And that last one is where things took an interesting turn this year.

This year, we’re proud to announce that we are partnering with Dayton Regional Green and UD’s Hanley Sustainability Institute on the Boneyard Build-Off!  This partnership is putting a green spin on our beloved Boneyard, and helping us make sure that we’re not just building cool stuff August 4-5, but we build something someone in Dayton can use afterwards.

This is where you come in: do you have an idea for a Boneyard Challenge project that someone in the Dayton community can use, or that helps us be a more green city?  Dayton Regional Green is running a 2-week contest to select the Boneyard Challenge, in conjunction with their BYO Change campaign.

Courtesy of Dayton Regional Green:

In 2016, the B.Y.O. Bottle won the Inaugural Bring Your Green challenge Green Idea contest. That idea has morphed into BYOchange.org -a campaign to encourage consumers to make better choices to reduce waste and environmental impact.

We are now challenging YOU in Bring Your Green 2.0 to further the impact of the Be Your Own Change campaign by helping us define the mystery challenge for the Boneyard Build-Off teams to up-cycle materials for a finished project that can be used to reduce waste and/ or to educate and mobilize to shift attitudes & behaviors.

Art displays, robotics, drones, crushers, human powered machines, bio-feedback, are all in play! We want all your creative ideas. Just consider four parts of the problem: waste reduction, resource use, consumer experience and the possible visible solution.

The best part of this? If your idea is selected, you will receive a $500 check and you will see your idea come to life at the Dayton Mini Maker Faire!


Individuals, Students, Businesses, Anyone and Everyone!

Ideas accepted through July 8, 2018.

To submit, email your idea in a PDF form to BringYourGreen@mcohio.org. Make sure to include the following in your submission:

  1. Contact information (name, email address, phone number, and mailing address)
  2. Idea description ( no more than 1000 words)
  3. Potential users (who can use or display the resulting apparatus, examples include coffee houses, schools, the Environmental Learning Center, etc..)
  4. Any specific resources needed (do teams need special resources such as programmers, engineers, chemists, waste specialists, etc…)

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