Here’s an entertaining virtual design competition for amateur interior designers with mad skillz, green geeks with an eye for aesthetics, daydreamers with some serious OCD, and recovering Sim City dorks like me: Comcast Town.

Comcast’s new-ish site lets you design the virtual digs — well, just a room — of your dreams with help from sites like NOTCOT, Inhabitat, and BoingBoing. If you complete your room design and register by May 14 at 11:59 PST (sorry for the late notice) you can enter the room in an online design competition, the Comcast Town Design Showdown. The grand prize is a $30,000 real room makeover complete with a bunch of fancy electronics and design consulting by Inhabitat's Jill Fehrenbacher.

Check out the video below detailing the Design Showdown. Under the video is a screenshot of the MNN Pad designed by yours truly. It's a bit barren, I know, but I was working with a limited budget and my taste for high-end furnishings was a strike against me. Plus, in Comcast Town, Chinese food is really expensive.

Matt Hickman ( @mattyhick ) writes about design, architecture and the intersection between the natural world and the built environment.

Rooms available in Comcast Town
Hone your interior design skills (and win a $30,000 room remodel) without spending a cent or impacting the planet in Comcast Town.