Fancy yourself a budding cell phone designer? LG Mobile Phones is teaming up with crowdSPRING and Autodesk on a design competition, which gives engineers and engineer-wannabes the chance to design their vision of the next LG mobile phone, not to mention, compete for more than $80,000 in prizes.
Participants will be given a free 15-day trial of SketchBook Pro, a paint and drawing application, which they use to create the phone of their dreams. Over 40 winners will be selected, and the first place winner will receive $20,000, Autodesk industrial design software and a Wacom Intuos4 medium tablet. Thirty-seven participants will receive honorable mention awards for a total of $1,000 each.
Russell Bobbit, a movie prop master whose credits include Star Trek and Iron Man, will serve as a guest judge to award one contestant with the Prop Masters’ Choice award, which includes the creation of a non-working mock-up phone that could end up in Bobbit’s next film. Would-be phone designers can submit their entries until April 26, and the winner will be announced on May 14. 2010.