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Want to Go to a Chicago Ideas Week Event for Free?

Posted by Plish on September 15, 2012

I can’t go to all the Chicago Ideas Week events.  But with your help, we can all experience more of them!  First, you need to tell me where creativity is needed in the world.

Then, tell me what Talk or Lab you’d like to attend (unless it’s already sold out!) as I’m giving out a max of two tix once a day from Monday  the 17th to Friday the 21st. http://www.chicagoideas.com/events

There is another catch. If you’re chosen, you’ll need to share your experience on this blog!

Let the games begin!

Posted in creativity, Design, imagination, innovation, ZenStorming | Tagged: , , , , | Leave a Comment »

Is Art Always Accessible? Help us Research This and Maybe Win $25.

Posted by Plish on September 12, 2011

I had some conversations recently regarding Bonsai.  Yup, the living art-form where trees are planted in pots and grown (metadesigned?) to look like aged, mini-versions of full size trees.

We spoke about multiple aspects of Bonsai, but one of the topics that stayed with me was the popularity of the artform.  How accessible is it to most people?  What do people really think about it?  Can it ever be as popular as say,  scrapbooking? 

Being who I am, I couldn’t simply let these questions go unanswered so I figured to get the ball rolling and start by getting at some basic perceptions about Bonsai.

I’ve created a very basic, two question survey to get at perceptions of the art of Bonsai.  You can check it out here.

So, whether you’re in to Bonsai or not, take the survey and you’re entered for a chance to win $25.  Be honest and upfront.  We’ll analyze the responses and repost on this topic in the beginning of October.

I could say more but I don’t want to impact your thoughts in any way.

Thanks for taking part in this project!

Posted in Authenticity, Contests, creativity, Design, imagination, innovation, nature, Surveys, The Human Person | Tagged: , , , , , , , | Leave a Comment »

Check out the ZINK Imaging’s ‘Zero Boundaries'(TM), Design Challenge

Posted by Plish on April 26, 2009

ZINK technology, the cool way of printing without ink (the ink is in the paper!) is sponsoring a contest with $15,000 worth of prizes. 

You can enter in one or both of the following challenge options:

Option 1: “Printing to die for”

Create a ZINK ecosystem that will make today’s youth crave ZINK products in the context of their digital and mobile world.

Option 2: “In a Perfect ZINKTM World”

Re-imagine printing by envisioning new and innovative ways that ZINK Technology can be utilized “in a ZINK world”.

 Your designs will be viewed and judged by a pretty illustrious panel:

  • Paul Bradley, Executive Creative Director of Industrial Design, Frog Design
  • Kate Greene, Technology Editor, Technology Review Published by MIT
  • Tom Hughes, Chief Design Officer, Idealab
  • Brian Lam, Editorial Director, Gizmodo
  • Darren Murph, Associate Editor, Engadget
  • Mary Tripsas, Assistant Professor, Harvard Business School
  • Richard Watson, Co‐Founder and Partner, Essential Design
  • Irma Zandl, President, Zandl Group

You have until June 5th, 2009 and enter as many ideas as you like! 

This looks like fun and I’ll be entering it as well!

May the best design win!

Posted in Contests, creativity, Design, Disruptive Innovation, innovation | Tagged: , , , , | 1 Comment »

LG Design the Future Competition – The Future is Only a Phone Away

Posted by Plish on April 21, 2009


Did you ever look at your cellphone and wonder, “Why can’t it find my keys, it does everything else?”

Now’s your chance to design that key finding, ultimate phone of the future and make some money as well!

The Design the Future of Mobile Communication Competition is sponsored by LG Mobile Phones in conjunction with CrowdSPRING and Autodesk.  Over $80,000 of prizes will be awarded and Autodesk is throwing in a 15-day trial version of Sketchbook Pro so you can polish up your final submissions. Yes – submission*s*!  You can enter as often as you like!

Cash awards are as follows:

First Place: $20,000 Cash Award
Second Place: $10,000 Cash Award
Third Place: $5,000 Cash Award
40 Honorable Mentions: $1,000 Cash Award + 1 LG U.S. Phone (A.R.V. of $300)

How will this be judged?

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?
Polish and Appeal (10% weight): Is the idea easy to understand and aesthetically appealing? Does it have images illustrating usage scenarios?

LG is even providing cool innovation assistance with this  “How to Innovate” page to help you generate ideas.

I would also suggest (beyond the obvious of perusing this blog’s articles and references) that you visit this site that contains 160+ creativity techniques (which incidentally is taken from my resource links on the right side of this page).

You need to be 18 or over and it runs until June 7th.

Best of luck and may the best innovators win!

Posted in Contests, Creative Thinking Techniques, Crowdsourcing, idea generation, innovation, Innovation Tools | Tagged: , , , , , | Leave a Comment »

Toyota’s “Why Not?” Innovation Contest

Posted by Plish on January 17, 2009

Click the pic to check out Toyota's "Why Not?" Contest

Check out Toyota's "Why Not?" Contest

Always looking  out for the next best thing, Toyota has developed an innovation webportal where people can suggest innovations and possibly win a tour of their Kentucky plant plus a meeting in NY City with some of the most influential innovators in the country.

The website is pretty cool and it’s nice to just listen to the sounds of nature there…

The contest ends March 31, 2009.

Posted in Contests, innovation, nature, Sustainable Technology | Tagged: , , , , | 9 Comments »

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