I came across this contest after I logged on to Facebook and liked Marriott (yes, I know I am guilty, but the allure of 1,000,000 reward points was too much to resist to). And somewhere on the Marriott page it was a link to the contest.
It is free to submit an idea, but (there is always a ‘but’) an idea has to have at least one attachment (a media file) so the contest is geared more towards the graphical creative people so to speak. Everyone can submit text ideas so maybe this is the reason I have not seen this contest mentioned anywhere else. I suppose Marriott didn’t see the need to advertise it too much as anyway people in the business would learn about it one way or the other.
As I do not have any graphical skills I will upload the photo of a Japanese toilet, perhaps Marriott will have it in 2022 and my idea will be about the bathroom of the hotel room of the future.
One of the interview questions at Microsoft is: ‘How would you design Bill Gates’ bathroom ?’ Even if I was never called for an interview I prepared the answer. So I will tweak what I have and submit the idea.
The submission deadline is 21-Dec-2011, 16:59 UTC+0000 (copy/paste from the site, I knew about GMT but not anything about UTC, after a quick reading on Wikipedia it seems they are the same) and more details about the contest are here.
Other contest, again about hotels, but this time with the deadline 23-Jan-2012: Develop exciting ideas to connect guests visiting the new “me and all hotels”
And a suggestion for Marriott: Organize a contest “Room 2013” only for the Platinum Elite members as they spend most nights in a Marriott hotel so they would best know how the room should be like.