Archive for May 22, 2008

LG Innovation Challenge

May 22, 2008

LG Innovation Challenge

The world of mobile telephones is highly competitive and mobile pone manufacturers have to look for the best ways of innovating in terms of the development of new mobile phones. If, not long ago, a Nokia competition took place, now it is LG that is announcing a contest to design the next generation of their mobile telephones.

LG Innovation Challenge is offering a 10,000 dollar prize to the winner, a second prize of 5,000 dollars and a third prize of 3,000 dollars. Each one of the recipients will also be given different LG products, the most outstanding of which is a 52″ LCD screen for the winner.

The term for sending the designs is now over and the winners will be announced on 31st May.

In addition to the prizes for the winners, these contests are very interesting in that they make it possible to detect trends in the world of mobile phone technology. Also for designers, they constitute a good way of making themselves known and increasing their possibilities of a contract with some major manufacturer of electronic devices.

Almost since the very beginnings of mobile telephony, its manufacturers have entered a frenzied race to offer novel products, with very attractive designs and new functionalities, but it must be said that different and revolutionary creations were rare. The case may be that the development of mobile phones is marked by the introduction of small improvements that are jointly leading to their being increasingly powerful and capable to doing practically anything we want (photos, videos, gps, mp3,…).

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Mango Fashion Awards

May 22, 2008

Mango Fashion Awards

As we have seen, technology companies are promoting innovation by means of design contests, which is something fashion companies are now doing as well, Mango being a case in point, with the prizes herein presented.

Mango Fashion Awards has the support of five prestigious international design schools and aims to promote and enhance the international projection of young designers. The contest is open during the whole of May and the 10 finalists will be given a joint prize of 300,000 euros to be shared among them.

The organisation will choose the 50 best designers among all those who enter for the contest and, out of these fifty, the jury of the design schools will select the best 10.

The five fashion design schools that support the contest and are part of the jury are: la Central Saint Martins School of Art and Design (London); the Escola Superior de Disseny, ESDi (Barcelona); the Institut Français de la Mode (Paris); the Istituto Marangoni (Milan-Paris-London) and the Koninklijke Academie voor Schone Kunsten van Antwerpen (the Royal Academy of Arts of Antwerp).

The winners of the contest, in addition to receiving the prize in money, will be able to see how their creations are exposed in the media and how they are given different options to market their fashion collections.

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Anyone can have ideas.

May 22, 2008

Ideas are everywhere. You can find them hiding behind the plant pot, or maybe they’re outside, on the lawn. Perhaps you just have to let them in through the door, then stop them from jumping out the window and running away again.One thing’s certain: we can all have ideas, simple or sophisticated.

You can.

I can.

That’s what’s so great about them.One of my favorite ideators was Percy Shaw of Halifax, Yorkshire in England. Who he? Well, he was a road mender from a very large family, who helped supplement his father’s meagre salary by selling surplus fruit and vegetables from the family garden.

But you see his ideas every night. Millions of them, blinking at you. He invented the cat’s eye, that incredibly useful device that lights the way along roads in the dark.

That was a great idea from a humble ideator, but smart people have ideas too and you don’t get much smarter than Nobel prize winners. In 2006 all five of them talked about their ideas. Of those, three testified that they have ideas when talking to people.

So, people – all people, any people – are important to ideas. They have ideas, and they help each other have ideas. This is very cool.You’re a person (unless you’re a bot scanning this page), and it’s probable that you can talk, right? So talk!

By doing this, you’re helping yourself, and others, to have ideas.The greatest thing about talking is that we can now talk so much more and share our ideas. Just dial into the web and you can talk to anyone about pretty much anything. Actually, I’d prefer it if you dialed into ideas4All, obviously…

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