Nissan wants to encourage innovation, and not necessarily exclusively within the automotive industry, which is why it is opening it’s “innovation garage” to anyone with an idea and an internet connection to share their thoughts.
Would-be inventors afraid of having their ideas stolen can relax – Nissan promises that the participants will retain ownership rights to their ideas. Then again, the contest puts those ideas up to a social media fueled vote, so anything really worth while should probably be patent protected.
In either case, a panel of engineers will select the best two ideas as grand prize winners, the owners of which will get a $50,000 grant and a 2013 Altima sedan each. In case the social media crowd disagrees with the panel, Nissan also says it will award another of its all-new Altimas to the crowd favorite.
Entry is simple: All it takes is a 500-character blurb on what your idea is, a name for it and submission authorized through Facebook. The contest ends October 12, so anyone with a hum dinger had better head over quickly.
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