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Beauty And Brains: Science Award Winner Creates Bioplastic From Banana Peels

Proof that beauty and brains are not mutually exclusive recently came in the form of a 16-year-old Turkish woman, Elif Bilgin. Over the summer she won the 2013 Science in Action award, part of the third annual Google Science Fair. The invention that garnered the resident of Istanbul, Turkey, the $50,000 prize was a method for turning banana peels into bioplastic.

Win $10,000 For Your “Green” Product Via “West Marine Green Product Of The Year!”

If you have invented a green product in the fishing, watersports, boating or sailing fields, you have no excuse not to set sail for the contest for a chance to win $10,000 from West Marine!

Build A Better Bike & Win The 2014 International Bicycle Design Competition!

If you have a way to make the globally appreciated sport of biking safer, more popular, exciting or fun than it is in its current form, you could win a huge pile of money for your idea!

Create A Modern Library & Win The Fenn Young Designers Award 2013!

If you’re between 18 and 33, and you know exactly how to reimagine the concept of a library for “Millennials,” share your designs for a chance to win up to $1,500!

Vote For Your Favorites Via Made In America – Hot Product Contest

This contest is all about American innovation and throwing your support behind really cool stuff so that it might be sold in stores, so be a patriot and vote for the best products!

Gear Up For The 2013 International Sustainable Electronics Competition!

With technology evolving faster than the chimpanzees featured in “Rise of the Planet of the Apes,” large amounts of computers, TVs, mobile phones and other electronics are being tossed out on a regular basis. Help to fix the problem, and earn some big cash!

Walmart’s Get On The Shelf Update: The Voting Has Begun!

The inventors have entered their awesome new gadgets, gizmos and all-around great stuff, but now it’s up to you to pick which products deserve to be on Walmart’s shelves!

Bantam Bagels: Changing The Face Of A Bagel Nosh

Many people dream of opening their own business one day. For Nick and Elyse Oleksak, both Columbia grads and employed at major Wall Street firms, it wasn't exactly on the bucket list. Then one night Nick had a dream. When he woke up he thought "This is going to be the next big thing." Normally Elyse would say "No, it's not," and life would go on. This time she thought it really was a good idea. The idea? If you can sell donut holes why not sell bagel holes?

World of Concrete Looking For The Year’s Most Innovative Products

Once again, World of Concrete magazine is looking to award the most innovative products in the masonry and concrete industries. If you’ve been tinkering in the construction field, it may be time to shine!

Slice Makes It Easy & Safe To Cut, Slash & Clip As You See Fit

Slice’s series of redesigned, modern and safe cutting tools demonstrates that inventors could discover that a muse may be as close as your junk drawer.

Help Effettievoluti Design Multi-Purpose Furniture, Win 1,500 Euros!

Young Italian design studio Effettievoluti, is looking for imaginative designers to run with their idea of the all-in-one piece of furniture. If you can dream up a functional and attractive chair/sofa/bed/mat, then you may earn 1,500 euros for your design!

Interview: Exato Games' John Getty On Independent Development

On Monday, I had the opportunity to sit down for a chat about indie development with Exato Games co-founder John Getty. Getty, whose studio just released the voxel-based shooter Guncraft, was happy to share with me some of the insights he's gained during his years as an independent developer.

Montreal Startup Festival

The Montreal Startup Festival ended today with many inventors and innovators meeting with potential clients and investors. Through keynotes and tent expos, communication and networking happened all over the place. Already the 2014 version is being planned for next year.

Quality Crowdfunding Your Idea Via Seedinvest

Crowdfunding big ideas and small businesses online is a concept that quickly became a mainstream idea, but if your high-quality startup needs a big-name investment, check out Seedinvest.

SYN Shop, A Home For Inventors and Hobbyists In Las Vegas

I recently visited SYN Shop, a hackerspace located in downtown Las Vegas. A hackerspace is a place where inventors and hobbyists, or simply those eager to learn, can (for a small usually monthly fee) come and use equipment, take classes and basically create.

Supercharge Your Creativity At Google+’s Maker Camp!

No inventor can complain that “there’s nothing to do” when Google+ has partnered with Make Magazine and Radio Shack to host six weeks of creative DIY projects via Maker Camp!

Walmart Hosts New Contest To Get Your Awesome Product On Their Shelves!

Do you have a truly innovative product, but need to grab the attention of America’s consumer base? Walmart is ready to give a few talented innovators a leg up on the competition!

Farsighted? Creating Comic Books For The Blind

Visually impaired people can do just about anything sighted people can do these days. One of the things that has remained out of bounds for them has been the joy many of us find in reading comic books. Designer Phillipp Meyer took on the challenge to find a way to bring comics to blind. The first thing he discovered was that the whole idea of what a comic is needed to be rethought.

Nintendo's True Role In Modern Gaming

Looking back, I really feel as though people don't give Nintendo enough credit. Although the organization may not be the industry titan it was in its glory days, it still stands among the most powerful, beloved, and renowned organizations in video games. Nintendo's cultural significance - both now and in the past - simply cannot be denied.

Crochet the Change You Want to See in the World

Pulling the strings of New York artist Olek will only give you more questions to answer. Her crochet-based installments and art are riddles wrapped in a mystery inside....well, yarn. She tries to untie the knots of society and unwind her own self-expression as an artist by weaving her journey into her work.