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ūmi, Mother Nature and a Small Living Space Could Equal $70,000

Your mission, should you choose to accept it: Design an ultra-low-footprint apartment in 420 square feet.

Your reward for completing the mission more successfully than anyone else: Up to $70,000 in cash, products and contracts for the best ideas.

The LifeEdited contest was created by Founder Graham Hill when he decided he would renovate an apartment in New York City in 2011. It’s not just any renovation though. Hill believes we all need to live in less space and have fewer possessions, thereby saving money, reducing environmental impact and living simpler lives. Thus, the need for a 420sf apartment with an ultra-low footprint.  And not only has he put out the challenge to the world, he’s backing it up with just rewards for the winning entrant.

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Cisco Sponsors Bringing YOU $70,000 in cash, products and contracts for the best ideas

“What if we could save money, radically reduce our environmental impact, and have a freer, less complicated life?” This may sound like a theory to many but Graham Hill, founder of, is making this a reality and not by himself.

Graham believes “we need to have less stuff and live in smaller spaces” which is why he is renovating a 420sf apartment in New York City with the support of Mutopo and Jovoto as an open challenge to design an ultra low footprint space.

We are equipping Graham with a Cisco umi telepresence system to put into his 420sf apartment so that he can connect with his friends/family without having to use a car or airplane to ease congestion and reduce emissions that can contribute to climate change, air pollution, and disease. and Cisco are inviting YOU to propose, discuss and evaluate designs to encourage people to start thinking about considering living in a smaller space.

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