Children: Let Them Amaze You
Cars by Kids
Since 2004, Toyota has been running a contest for kids to come up with ideas for a better car. Toyota believes in children and encourages the way kids take a clean-slate approach to problem solving.
Over 600,000 children from all over the world entered the contest this year. Toyota gets the kids going by asking one simple question, “How will your dream car make the world a better place?” The contest is open to any child fifteen years or younger. Entries must be drawn on paper with traditional tools such as crayons or colored pencils. No digital tools allowed. Here’s more on the criteria: “We're looking for hand-drawn colorful artwork, which shows ‘Your Dream Car’. Remember to include a background that supports your idea. Your picture could be seen all over the world, so make sure people from different cultures will be able to understand it.”
Starting last May, Toyota began to announce the 90 world winners for 2014. Each day until August 26, a winner is featured on the contest website. The awards ceremony takes place in Japan on August 27.
Fast Company magazine published a fun and interesting article which showcases the best ideas rolled out so far. Be prepared to smile as you discover the astounding inventiveness and problem-solving skills contained in the winning ideas. I love the car that extracts water from moisture in the air, and the modular cars that join together to form public transit when entering an urban area, and the car that 3-D prints houses. Toyota asked the children to bring their magic and creativity and share it with the world. The children delivered enough spark to make the world keep going round for at least another zillion years.