The New Museum and MakerBot are joining forces for a competition to "showcase the endless possibilities" of the latter company's flagship open-source 3D printer, the Thing-O-Matic. They're inviting "the entire creative community" to come up with a design within the broad theme of "derivation":
Embodying the New Museum's mission of "New Art, New Ideas," this interactive and experiential Challenge aims to push the concept of the "derivative," by improving on or personalizing established design conventions. From the banal toothbrush to complex bicycle gears, how can 3D printing help to develop the world around us?
The winning designer will score a New Museum Deluxe membership ($400 value) and a MakerBot Thing-O-Matic Kit ($1299 value). The deadline for submissions is October 31; more details available here.