Op-Ed: Premier Farnell announced a green technology design contest, very similar to the contest announced by Echelon last month. The top prize is $50,000, plus design, marketing, and legal support to commercialize your design, with five second-place prizes of $5,00 each. They posted a (very nice-looking) web site for the contest, and yes, you get to keep your intellectual property. But you have to survive two stages of judging. (If you're reading this article and participated in such a contest, then we'd like to hear about your experiences. Email us.)

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