2018 CDN & GM Interactive Competition is now open

23 October 2017 | by CDN Team

If you are interested in cars and the future of mobility, you should enter this competition. This year’s brief asks you to choose between designing a driver-operated car and a self-driving car. You could shape the future of car design!

The competition is organised by Car Design News and General Motors to encourage young people into car design. The competition accepts entries from any US citizen in high school from 9th to 11th grade.

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Could you design a car like this? This year’s GM Interactive Competition asks high-school students to design a future Cadillac, and winners get an iPad Pro and a place on the Summer Experience course at CCS

We don’t expect you to be accomplished designers, but GM does want to help you to become one. This competition uses a team of accomplished and qualified GM creative designers, to give advice and guidance to students throughout the competition in a friendly manner, guiding them to improve their sketches and consider the needs of the brief.

See here for examples of the guidance given to last year’s winners (just click on the winners’ names).

Registering for this competition is easy, just click here and you will be directed to the registration page. Car Design News also writes to schools and art teachers about this competition, so if you want some help with registering, just ask your teacher to help.

The winners of the 2017 GM Interactive Competition visiting GM. Left to right: GM VP Global Design Michael Simco, Jinho So from New York, Davis Kunselman from Georgia, Benjamin Woodman from California, and John Cafaro, Director of Design, Chevrolet

Winners will receive an iPad Pro provided by our supporting partner Dinamica and a special Summer Experience course at the College for Creative Studies in Detroit (in July 2018) – one of most highly respected colleges for design in the world – and a year's subscription to CDN. But everyone who enters gets guidance from real designers working at GM about their work, and, if you are talented, ongoing support.

GM may be headquartered in Detroit, but this competition is US-wide. Last year’s winners were from Georgia, California and New York.

Students can register to enter the competition from 23 October, 2017 and must have registered before 13 November, 2017 to take part in this unique competition.