SAN FRANCISCO, April 23, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Snip.it, a new social curation service, today announced Eric Ouellette, creator of the Bike Sharing collection as the winner of its Earth Day contest (http://snip.it/earthday) -- an initiative designed to raise global awareness for environmental issues and green sustainability.
For the past two weeks, users have been submitting collections of articles, videos and images to illuminate an environmental issue they feel passionate about. A judges panel, headed up by green venture capitalist Vinod Khosla, evaluated the 62 submissions this weekend based on depth, thoughtfulness and success in spreading awareness through Facebook likes. They named Bike Sharing the winner.
The contest demonstrates how people can use Snip.it's social curation platform to raise awareness and deepen understanding for any issue they care about, including the environment. Topics from contest submissions spanned everything from upcycling to ocean conservation to solar energy.
"We were so impressed with the quality, thought and creativity that went into all of the Earth Day collections," said Ramy Adeeb, Snip.it's CEO and founder. "All the entries were in line with Snip.it's mission to give users a platform to discuss and share the topics they care about."
As the winner of Snip.it's Earth Day contest, Eric Ouellette will receive a new iPad. A $200 donation will also be made to the Coalition for Smarter Growth, the environmental nonprofit he chose to award as part of his winning. Steve Rahman came in second for his The Great Pacific Garbage Patch collection. He will receive a cash prize of $250 along with a $100 donation to the environmental nonprofit of his choice. In third place, Corrie Clearwater will be awarded $150 for her Teach Your Children Well collection, and a $50 donation will be made to the environmental non-profit of her choice.
Each submission was judged by a panel of environmental thought-leaders led by Vinod Khosla, preeminent clean tech investor; Zem Joaquin, ecoFabulous founder and board member of Global Green; Chip Giller, founder and president of Grist.org, Randy Paynter, founder and CEO of Care2.com; Avital Binshtock Andrews, renowned journalist covering sustainability for Sierra; and Diana Dehm, host of sustainability news and entertainment for Planet TM, formerly Radio Green Talk and founder and president of Sustainable Business Partnerships, LLC.
About Snip.it Snip.it is a popular new social curation site that lets you discover, capture, share and lend your voice to important topics and stories as they evolve through articles, video, images and other online content. The site has been featured in several high profile news outlets, including The Wall Street Journal, TechCrunch, Mashable and AllThingsD. The company is funded by Khosla Ventures, True Ventures, Charles River Ventures, and SV Angel. Visit http://snip.it to sign up for a free registered account.