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Green ICT Conferences

Upcoming Green ICT conferences and workshops around the world. We just added 2015 events in Bangalore, India and Copenhagen, Denmark.

We have also included links to past conferences to aid your search for Green ICT materials.

Quiz: Which region has the most Green ICT conferences?

Global Green ICT Update: Asia-Pacific

Updates from Asia-Pacific. Click here for regional Green ICT updates from around the globe. Click on 'Asia-Pac' tag above for all news about the region. (Information about the ICT implications of Japan's earthquake and tsunami have been moved to its own post.) Our latest item looks at some disturbing facts about e-waste in India.

Global Green ICT Update: Europe

Updates from Europe. Click on "Europe" tag above for all news about the region. Click here for regional Green ICT updates from around the globe.

2014

IBM Austria offers a number of German-lanuage Green ICT resources, including a podcast, videos, and documents. (More: Green ICT resources in German and other languages)

E-Waste Goes A Long Way Back

An incident thirty-one years ago illustrates that e-waste is not a new problem. Atari had to dispose of millions of unsold cartridges of Pac-Man, E.T., and other games . Here's what the company supposedly did back then and how various efforts are are elevating the dump site to mythic status. I thought my final update was last April, but I'm back on it again- this is a story that will not die!

Here is a video announcing the April 2014 uncovering of Atari's long-buried e-waste. Check that out, then read on to see what happened next.

Greening the E-Media Industry

Electronic media infrastructures and gear are important components of global ICT as movies, television, music, and books all go digital. This post offers a global sampling of sustainability in e-media. See much more by clicking on the "Green media" tag, above.

BS 8909:2011 is the United Kingdom's specification for a sustainability management system for film. "BS 8909 can be applied across the film supply chain from planning to production, through to editing, distribution, screening and archiving." I was disappointed that none of the the four case studies provided dealt with any ICT sustainability. ICT is critical to the entire contemporary 'film' workflow, from digital cinematography to digital cinema. We added a link to the specification (and its case studies) to our Sustainable Media Production Practices page.

Green ICT Resources in Many Languages

We are a USA-based initiative, so we publish in English. There is a growing wealth of Green ICT material in other languages. This is a directory of the references on Vertatique to non-english resources.

Technologies for the Future of Green ICT

is a rich global mix of advanced concepts and technologies emerging from research labs that may improve the future sustainability of ICT equipment and infrastructures. We regularly update this post with technologies of interest. (You can see all the technologies which hold the promise of greener ICT in the future by clicking the 'FutureTech' tag, above.) Our latest posts span research into biological agents that can recover gold from e-waste to multiferroic materials to reduce device waste heat. (And don't miss a video highlighting research into using human urine to power a mobile device!)

Green ICT Art and Craft

Green ICT is serious business, but it does not have to be solemn. We periodically take a look at the humorous and the quirky and, in this post, Green ICT-themed art and crafts. The most recent piece is a e-waste grave.

Green ICT Innovations

Companies and individuals are advancing innovative ideas for more sustainable products. These range from products and services available today to futuristic concepts for tomorrow. Our latest are a computer built with 100% recycled plastic and negative-carbon laptop packaging.

More Efficient Supercomputers

Tianhe-2 Chinese SupercomputerSupercomputer manufacturers have always vied to build the most powerful machine. Recently, they have sought to increase energy efficiency, as well. Yet innovation appears to be slowing. The most recent ranking still shows the top performer to be China's Tianhe-2, a position it obtained in June 2013. (Tianhe translates as "Milky Way" in English.) An american supercomputer installed in Switzerland is the most energy-effieicnt of the Top 10 machines.

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