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RS Components launches global design challenge to invent new musical experience

‘Summer of Sound’ competition on DesignSpark website searches for innovative ways of creating music through technology

LONDON, UK, 11 June, 2018 – RS Components (RS), the trading brand of Electrocomponents plc (LSE:ECM), a global multi-channel distributor, today launched a global design challenge on its DesignSpark engineering and maker community website, offering a winning prize worth £1,500 of products from the RS range.

The ‘Summer of Sound’ competition tasks contestants to create a new musical experience with the aid of technology. This could range from the invention of a completely new electronic musical instrument, or hack of an existing acoustic instrument, to the development of a radical new digital musical interface. To qualify, the design must be authentic and produce an audible musical sound.

“At this time of year, when many people are geared up for festival season, it is apt to launch a design challenge that inspires innovation amongst those with a passion for music and technology,” said Mike Bray, VP of DesignSpark at RS. “It also illustrates how the creative and engineering disciplines overlap, a message we are keen to deliver, especially to the younger population in the face of a shortage of engineering skills.

“We are very excited to see what ideas the challenge will bring and, who knows, it may uncover a groundbreaking new musical approach to take to stages and arenas around the world.”

The Summer of Sound design challenge runs from 09:00 (BST) on Monday 11 June 2018 until 17:00 (BST) on Friday 28 September 2018. Entries submitted after the deadline will not be eligible. Contestants are required to detail their project in an article submitted to the DesignSpark website, supported by video footage of the design in action.

For more information, and to enter the competition, visit:
https://www.rs-online.com/designspark/enter-our-summer-of-sound-design-challenge. Terms and conditions apply.

About RS Components
RS Components and Allied Electronics & Automation are the trading brands of Electrocomponents plc, a global multi-channel distributor. We offer more than 500,000 industrial and electronic products, sourced from over 2,500 leading suppliers, and provide a wide range of value-added services to over one million customers. With operations in 32 countries, we trade through multiple channels and ship more than 50,000 parcels a day.

Electrocomponents is listed on the London Stock Exchange and in the last financial year ended 31 March 2018 had revenues of £1.71bn.

For more information, please visit the website at http://www.rs-online.com.

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