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Innovate and Win with NN

Posted November 19, 2015

thumb_dcxelspnAre you interested in mechanics, automotive, electronics, aerospace, biomedical? Do you have an idea that has not yet seen the light or that you are hoping to develop soon?

At NN, we are ‘inspired by iNNovation’—we love creativity together with a good dose of entrepreneurial spirit. We are searching the globe for new, innovative ideas for the use of precision balls. Submit your idea now for the chance to win cash prizes and see your idea come to life!

To enter, you must complete the various stages of the competition. Showcase your knowledge of current sphere applications, develop your idea and submit your proposed innovation. You must be 18 or older to enter the contest or have written parental consent to participate.

What are we Looking For?

At NN, we have been producing precision steel balls since our foundation. Our Metal Bearing Components produces approximately 7 billion balls per year, ranging in size from 3mm to 90mm diameter. You could find our balls in a wide range of applications including automotive, aerospace, medical, general industry electronics. Inside almost anything that rolls, you can find a ball.

Despite the fact that the traditional material is steel, modern technologies allow other materials to be introduced, such as silicon nitride ceramic, glass, plastic and more.
As the world continues to change, every day presents the opportunity for a new possible application for our products. For this reason, we are looking for any possible, practicable and new application for precision balls.

Developing Your Idea

Now it’s time to develop your idea. But first, let us better explain some details. Your challenge is to submit an idea for a new or different application for precision balls.

You can choose to build upon one of our current applications or develop something completely new. In addition to being innovative and providing clear customer benefits, the idea should also be realistic and suitable to implement. All solutions should also be financially, industrially, environmentally and socially sustainable.

The #thenextsphere contest is presented by NN, Inc. Metal Bearing Components Group – Global Balls Division and is hosted by Sqore. The contest deadline is January 31, 2016. Winners will be contacted in March 2016.

If you think your innovation has what it takes to win, send us your idea. Now let’s get rolling! Click here to register.


Winners will be selected by NN, Inc. based on creativity and eligibility requirements.

The first place winner will receive €3,000 cash prize and will see their idea implemented if the idea is financially, industrially, environmentally and socially feasible, based solely upon discretionary decision from NN, Inc.

The second and third place winners will receive €2,000 and €1,000 cash prizes, respectively. No prize alternatives are offered. Prizes are non-transferable. The winners are solely responsible for all applicable taxes related to the acceptance of the prize.


You must be 18 years or older or have written parental consent to participate. All submissions must be in English and should consider the following points:

• Title: tell us the theme of your idea.

• Pitch: a short description of the idea in one or two sentences.

• Detailed narrative of your idea, better if accompanied by drawings, photos or illustrations. This description should clearly consider an explanation of the Customer Value (what should be the final value for the user of your idea?); of the Level of Innovation (what makes your idea unique or innovative?); and of the expected Profitability. Maximum 500 words.

• Development of the idea: provide some concrete examples of how you think it’s possible to develop your idea. Maximum 250 words.

• Skills: what makes you especially suited to develop this innovation

Employees of NN, Inc. and their immediate family members are not eligible to participate in the content.

Users must abide by the application requirements of the host organization. All users must provide submissions that the user has created him/herself. All users must provide personal information that is truthful and accurate. Sqore reserves the right to exclude users at its sole discretion.

Source: NN Inc.

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