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I’m all for a good competition and if you like to guzzle pickle juice and Twinkies without twitching an eye against unforeseen odds, then there’s a competition for ya that won’t hurt near as bad at the end of the day.

LG and Autodesk are huggin’ buddies and they’ve teamed up once again to let you show off your sketching skills in the CrowdSPRING 2nd annual Design the Future competition. But check this out, there’s some cool info you get and also some fine print you want to read. OH YEAH.

So, the idea here is that you sketch out your best idea for “the future of mobile communication.” Along with participating you get the (always available) 15-day trial of SketchBook Pro to sketch out the idea that will be judged on Creativity, Need Fulfillment, Feasibility and more than likely how hot you look holding an LG product. A sample? of course! In fact, here’s a sample entry… “PUSH IT!”

So, could you do something like that? “puh-lease, of course!” you might say. If you think you can or even if you don’t want to…

FIRST check these two links out that may help get those future juices flowing.

THEN, get the info and sign up at


  • First Place: $20,000 Cash Award + 1 Wacom Intuos4 medium tablet + Autodesk industrial design software
  • Second Place: $10,000 Cash Award + Autodesk SketchBook Pro software
  • Third Place: $5,000 Cash Award + Autodesk SketchBook Pro software
  • Prop Master’s Choice: $3,000 Cash Award + Autodesk SketchBook Pro software+ 1 non-working concept mock-up creation
  • 37 Honorable Mentions: $1,000 Cash Award

What would be interesting…

What would truly be interesting is to see how people know think design, CAD and 3D will be used and viewed on a mobile device. If there’s ever been a competition with the potential for spectacular ideas in mobile usage, this is going to be the one… until the next one. Will the phones be larger? Will the project? Will they run simultaneous design and collaboration apps? Will they use more than just the flat portion of the phone? Go for IT!

But WAIT!… READ the Fine Print

From the “Official Rules” (pdf)

All Designs will become the exclusive property of Sponsor, and none will be acknowledged or returned. You hereby waive any moral rights or any equivalent rights regarding the form or extent of any alteration to the Design or the making of any derivative works based on the Design, including, without limitation, photographs, drawings or other visual reproductions or the Design, in any medium, for any purpose. You acknowledge that LG owns all Designs whether patentable or unpatentable, and all works of authorship, whether copyrightable or uncopyrightable, made, developed, conceived, acquired, devised, discovered or created by you for this Contest. BY ENTERING A DESIGN IN THIS CONTEST YOU HEREBY IRREVOCABLE ASSIGN, CONVEY AND TRANSFER TO SPONSOR ANY AND ALL RIGHT, TITLE AND INTEREST IN THE DESIGN INCLUDING, WITHOUT LIMITATION, ALL INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY RIGHTS EXISTING THEREIN.

yadda, yadda, subtext, subtext, valorum, yub, nub…

It’s no different than a lot of contest, but if you’ve actually wanted to retain the rights to the future of mobile communication idea you have or patent a design yourself, best not actually submit it, not that these contest are completely without their value, just be aware that anything you create, in the end, will not belong to you. So, there we be! Going for it?


Josh is founder and editor at, founder at Aimsift Inc., and co-founder of EvD Media. He is involved in engineering, design, visualization, the technology making it happen, and the content developed around it. He is a SolidWorks Certified Professional and excels at falling awkwardly.