Apparently you don’t have to be a rocket scientist to help NASA. The space agency just posted a request for suggestions for future prize contests on their website, and anyone may submit an idea.
Of course you won’t be credited for your suggestions, but wouldn’t it be cool to know that you were the one who came up with the idea for a prize for capturing alien technology? Previous prizes have included the Astronaut Glove, the Lunar Lander, and the Power Beaming contest, all of which had substantial cash prizes.
So go tell NASA your crazy idea, and who knows.. it’s might be your contest they run with.