Principal partner
  • Open Entry

    24 October - 05 December
  • Contestant

    06 December - 13 December
  • Semi-final

    14 December - 20 January
  • Final

    21 January - 08 February

Terms and Conditions

Sponsored by the Car Design News (CDN) and GM Design Center Creative Resources, the Interactive Design Contest is an opportunity for US high school students to win fabulous prizes while learning about exciting career opportunities in transportation design.  Students will design a Chevrolet Adventure Vehicle Concept for the year 2030. 

The contest is open to U.S. high school students in grades 9, 10, 11 and 12.  

Students will design a Chevrolet Adventure Vehicle Concept for the year 2030 and will choose their adventure – their vehicle type, their adventure setting, describe their ideal adventure, create collages of their adventure/vehicle inspiration, provide rough sketches, and describe how their vehicle belongs to the Chevrolet family.  

Important Dates


Submission Detail

Open Entry (Phase I) – October 24 – November 14

    Student Registration (with parental consent)
Portfolio of images and videos that you have created – non-automotive work is acceptable in this phase (5 best pieces in one pdf not to exceed 10 mg)

Contestant Phase I ends – November 14, 2016

100 Contestants announced – November 15, 2016 


Contestant (Phase II) – November 16 – December 5

Students will select one vehicle type from: 
•    Vehicle Type A – YOU drive, where driving is part of your adventure 
•    Vehicle Type B – the CAR drives itself, where riding is part of the adventure


Students will select one adventure setting:
•    Setting 1 – City, your adventures keep you within city limits
•    Setting 2 – Nature, you prefer to be out in nature

Students submit their entry (which could include sketches; mood board; videos; and renderings) via contest website

Contestant Phase II Ends December 5, 2016
    50 Semi-finalists announced – December 6, 2016


Semi-Finalist: (Phase III) - December 6, 2016 - January 12, 2017

GM Design Mentors assigned and will provide feedback to contestants

Contestant Phase III ends – January 12, 2017

Announcement of 10 finalists to all contestants via website (January 13, 2017)


Final Submission:  (Phase IV) – January 14 – 27, 2017

•    Submit all contest entry materials through the car design news website; format:  5 slides/pages in one PowerPoint or pdf landscape format

Students will describe their idea adventure: 
•    Page 1 – Using choices from the two items above, students will tell their adventure story, being as descriptive as possible (500 words or less):
o    How many people does your vehicle hold?  Who are they?
o    What are the dimensions and proportion and why?
o    What ingenious and innovative features will aid in your adventure?
o    List what you wish you could do with/in this vehicle.
o    Why do you want to design for this adventure? 

Students will create inspirational image collages:
•    Page 2 – Collage #1 – Adventure inspiration; make a collage describing your adventures and what you want your vehicle to do
o    Include inspirational images of lifestyle activities, people doing active things, gear and products, places, etc.
o    Visually show us your adventure and what inspires it – set the mood for your adventure 

•    Page 3 – Collage #2 – Vehicle inspiration; make a collage describing your adventures and what you want your vehicle to do
o    Include images of inspirational concept and/or production vehicles, automotive and non-automotive transit, functional and mechanical details, unique forms and functions, etc. 
o    Visually show us what inspires and informs your design aesthetic

Students will sketch their ideal adventure: 
•    Page 4 – Provide preliminary / rough side view sketches, using their favorite medium; grab your favorite medium and get sketching; rough sketches are acceptable; refer to the resources section for helpful information and links to tutorials on sketching

•    Page 5 – ‘What makes your adventure vehicle a Chevrolet?’ (500 words or less) 

Contestant Phase IV ends – January 27, 2017


Web-ex presentation to judges (10 contestants Week of January 30)

February 6, 2017 – Announce top 3 winners via Car Design News website and receive a trophy, in addition to the prize information below.  

1st, 2nd, & 3rd Place Prizes: 
Three winners will be awarded as follows: 
•    iPad Pro with Apple Pencil
•    Three-week summer camp at the College for Creative Studies (CCS) in Detroit, Michigan from July 10 – July 30, 2017 (food and lodging included; transportation to CCS is not included) 
•    Dinner with GM Design Center team members during the three-week summer camp

Legal Requirements
•    By submitting an entry, each Entrant agrees to be bound by these Official Rules and that his or her entry conforms to the entry guidelines and restrictions set forth in these Official Rules (“Entry Requirements”) and that GENERAL MOTORS (“GM”) may, at its sole discretion, disqualify him or her from the Contest if GM decides that his or her entry fails to conform to the Entry Requirements or any other provision of these Official Rules.  GM decisions regarding application and interpretation of these Official Rules shall be binding and final. 

•    Each Entrant into the Contest (and his or her parent or legal guardian, if the Entrant is under the age of majority in his or her state of residencea [a “minor”]) hereby irrevocably grants, transfers, assigns and conveys to GM, its successors and assigns, all present and future right, title and interest of every kind and nature whatsoever, including, without limitation, all patents, design patents, copyrights, and all rights incidental, subsidiary, ancillary or allied thereto (including, without limitation, all derivative rights) in and to the entry for unlimited exploitation throughout the universe, in perpetuity, by means of any and all media and devices whether now known or hereafter devised. GM shall have the right, in its sole discretion and without owing any additional consideration to Entrant, to edit, composite, morph, scan, duplicate, alter, use or otherwise exploit each entry for any purpose which GM deems necessary or desirable, and each Entrant irrevocably waives any and all so-called moral rights they may have therein. Each Entrant hereby acknowledges that such Entrant does not reserve any rights in or to the entry. If GM shall desire to secure additional assignments, certificates of engagement for the entry or other documents as GM may reasonably require in order to perfect ownership of GM’s rights in and to the entry, then each Entrant agrees to sign the same upon GM’s request therefor.

•    Submission of the entry or any prior or subsequent related entry submission creates no obligation whatsoever on the part of GM, whether legal, implied or otherwise (whether of confidentiality, compensation, return, use, not use or otherwise).

•    Each entry and any related entry submission to GM are not confidential. GM will have no confidentiality obligations whatsoever with respect to this or any prior or subsequent submission to GM. To the extent that any part of this submission or any prior or subsequent submission to GM is marked as "CONFIDENTIAL," "SECRET," "PROPRIETARY" or with other words to that effect, such notations will have no effect and will create no obligation whatsoever on GM.

•    Each Entrant certifies, to the best of their knowledge, all of the ideas in this and any related submission to GM are not the property of any others besides the named Entrant, and all the information furnished to GM is true and correct.

•    Each Entrant certifies they are not violating any agreement or understanding with another person or party, including my current or former employer, by providing this information to GM.