Samsung contest promises $10000 to the best flexible display device design

August 15, 2013
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Put on your thinking caps and sit down in your thinking chair. Samsung has just launched a new contest that aims to bring in ideas about what to do with their flexible displays. The winner of the contest gets $10000 while second and third place take home $5000 and $2500 respectively. The idea behind the contest is really quite simple. People are to design a device that they believe could best make use of Samsung’s new flexible display technology.

Here’s how the contest works. It lasts until August 29 (roughly 2 weeks) and involves people submitting not just a design, but a whole business plan that revolves around it. The contest rules are:

  • Flexible display is a key part of your product – It needs to be a product that cannot possibly exist without flexible screens. So no smartphones with a flex screen. It has to be something totally unique and original.
  • Plan feasibility – What Samsung wants here is a product that can be marketed to a large audience. Something that could be pitched to venture capitalists with successful results.
  • Timeline abstractions – All this means is calculate any unknown time intervals (like the arrival of prototype parts) with an abstracted timeline.
  • Cost Assumptions – People are to focus on the value of their product, not how much it costs.

It really is a pretty nifty idea and puts the innovation in the hands of us, the people. Samsung hopes to generate some great ideas from their audience on things they can use this new technology for. As Tech News Today posited in a recent podcast, it may be because Samsung has no idea what they want to use this display for. Hence the contest to help crowd source ideas. It’s definitely possible.

It’s also worth it to read the official rules if you intend on giving this a shot. More specifically, this passage:

By submitting an Entry, Contestant grants to Samsung the irrevocable, royalty-free right to use all or a portion of the submitted materials, along with the Contestant’s name, company name, trademarks and logos, in any promotional materials produced by Samsung. Further, Samsung will have the right to otherwise use and disclose any submitted material in connection with the Contest. The foregoing grants shall apply in perpetuity or to the maximum extent permissible under applicable law.

So realize that whether you win or lose, Samsung now owns your idea. If that doesn’t bother you at all, you can find all the details of the contest on their official website. Will anyone be participating?

Comments

  • JacePaxz

    great… philippines is not included lol.

  • Ruz

    Roll out of such contest really means that companies are not able to think out of the box and they really cant innovate the ideas

    • chirag

      it means company looks forward to new ideas from people and gives good amount in return.

      • Rhino”

        so you think $10k about (ÂŁ6k lol would not get out of bed for that) is a good salary for coming up with a brand new completely original business plan, model, prototype, financials breakdown and all the rest they state so they can discard you at the end and make billions off your work ideas lol and if you are remotely lucky you might get a chance to win 10k lol…

        sorry it should be more like 100k….its not like they are poor they made $8.5 billion in operating profits over revenues of an astonishing $51 billion in Q2 alone this year due to the S4

        also i didnt know they released the costs for the screen tech to build and manufactuer plus other factors or how you going to cost the project and protoype……oh yea with an imaginary number :P 42 lol

        • Rhino”

          oh and just read its only for usa lol

    • http://jimeagle.com James Eagle

      Running a contest like this IS thinking out of the box.

      • ere

        no, it means they’ve already run out of ideas. $10k is very cheap for an idea they will not give the creator any royalty for. name attribution does not put food on the table. it’s a contest meant for die hard samsung fans.

        • Ruz

          yea i agree to you.. they will earn billions and give the creator peanuts

    • Keg Man

      You act like this is a new concept and that every company has never had a focus group or “request feature” or ran a contest before.

      • Ruz

        there is always a limit one can innovate. for eg apple innovated and then all of a sudden they dont have any new ideas and have to reply on others to give them ideas

  • Kenny Woodard

    If they use a concept from your design, whether you win or not, shouldn’t you get some kind of credit?

    • Arun

      They did say they have rights to your name, so it could be turned into a promotional thing.

      • someone755

        Nah, they’d steal some part of your design and never even name you. After you submit it, the design is theirs, virtually, so they don’t even need to credit you…

  • Anthony Johnson

    Forget it. I already have a design for flexi glass that is worth a lot of money which because of this i’m going to patent it today. There’s no way I’m giving it to Samsung for $10000(and that’s only if you win). I’m not greedy all i would want is 12% of profits from sales on MY design maximum.

    • Anthony Johnson

      I use to have a lot of respect for samsung but now they seem to be turning into the new Apple

    • http://jimeagle.com James Eagle

      If you did, you would have patented it already :)

      • Anthony Johnson

        Why would I? Because you would? I do things in order of importance to me and right now I’m working on something I believe is a lot bigger. Besides you’re missing the whole point. Would you be happy with giving your design away that you worked hard for, with no recognition, and no rights?

        • http://jimeagle.com James Eagle

          Well they are not forcing you to, if you don’t want to, don’t. I’d imagine it would be good for lots of people who don’t think they could earn $10,000 by themselves, but it doesn’t seem like much at all.

          • Anthony Johnson

            That’s what I mean, and the worst thing is once you’ve entered your design, if you don’t win anything, you still lose your design because it’s now owned by samsung who could still use it anyway. And if it’s good make millions

          • Rhino”

            agreed they should be giving out 100k …10k is not even loose change for company’s making over 200billion a year lol, actually its rather insulting they want you to do their work for them and pay you peanuts.

  • Max Arnold

    Nice prize, will have to look into it.

  • someone755

    Nice prize, I have so many ide– AAAaand, it’s US only.
    So much for being interested in what Sammy does for once…

  • Ray

    so it’s true they actually don’t know how to use those screens…

  • Lisandro O Oocks

    Apple’s lawyers should submit some designs that way they can finally see some money from Samsung

  • tupperware

    sam-sung claim they got 10,000 RND (research-no-development)
    and top management is clueless ?

    • Q.

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          • Q.

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          • tupperware

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          • tupperware

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          • tupperware

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            i want the note3

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  • Adrian Remus

    Finally they ask for help in design…