LG Mobile Phones, Autodesk®, and crowdSPRING are partnering to sponsor the Design The Future competition searching for the mobile phone of the future. And, guess what? They welcome submissions from novices, and even give you the tools you need to win.
What should a mobile phone look like in 2, 5, or 10 years? Autodesk will give you the SketchBook Pro for free for 15 days, and you can design it using this very intuitive software... or not. (But believe me, it's great, even for design novices.)
You see, LG wants your ideas more than proof of your ability to use a design program. In fact, you can render your drawings by hand, and that will not affect the judging process. You can also submit as many entries as you like. The sponsors provide many tips and guides, even one on 'how to innovate,' that will inspire you and make the atmosphere nice and friendly for a newbie. All instructions are guided; for example, LG wants to see an entry that looks similar to this:
... NOT like this:
Here is the weight LG is giving to the submissions:
- Need Fulfillment / Market Potential (40% weight): How well does the phone address general consumer needs / frustrations?
- Creativity / Originality / Innovation (30% weight): Is the idea / design unique? Does the concept convey WOW or game-changing characteristics?
- Feasibility (20% weight): Can this idea / product be realistically implemented with current or near-future technology?
All entries must be submitted by June 8, 2009. The winning entry will get $20,000, second place will get $10,000, and third, $5,000. There will also be 40 awards for $1,000, plus an LG phone!
Polish and Appeal (10% weight): Is the idea easy to understand and aesthetically appealing? Does it have images illustrating usage scenarios?
What are you waiting for? Go check this contest out at crowdSPRING.com.
P.S. Don't forget to put the LG logo on your submission!