Create the Future Design Contest

Due Date: 07/01/2017

The Create the Future Design Contest was launched in 2002 by the publishers of NASA Tech Briefs magazine to help stimulate and reward engineering innovation. The annual event has attracted more than 12,000 product design ideas from engineers, entrepreneurs, and students worldwide.  The grand prize winner will receive $20,000. Additional prizes will be available in each category and popular votes in the form of technology equipment and software. 

Proposed ideas should fall in one of the seven categories:

  1. Aerospace & Defense - Product innovations with applications in the aerospace, aviation, and/or defense markets.
  2. Automotive/Transportation - Products that enable movement of people and goods from one place to another.
  3. Consumer Products - Products that increase quality of life in the workplace, at home, during leisure time, or while traveling.
  4. Electronics/Sensors/IoT - Products that improve computing, communications, sensing, test, and other fields that rely on advances in electronic components, boards and systems; products that enable an interconnected world – the Internet of Things (IoT).
  5. Machinery/Automation/Robotics - Products that speed, improve, and/or automate work, manufacturing, and research & development (R&D).
  6. Medical Products - Products that improve the efficiency and quality of healthcare.
  7. Sustainable Technologies - Products that reduce dependence on non-renewable energy resources, as well as products designed for other purposes using environmentally friendly materials or manufacturing processes.

Competitors should provide a description of your entry (up to 500 words) in the form of a technical abstract, in English. Your description should cover how the entry works, what makes it novel, how it would be produced, and where it would be applied. You will be judged on these criteria: 

  • Innovation (50% of score) -- What makes the design novel? Does it represent an important advance over current state of the art?
  • Manufacturability (25%) -- How easy would it be to implement? Can it be cost-effectively manufactured/produced?
  • Marketability (25%) -- Does the idea have practical applications? Is there a well-defined, significant market for its use?

Competitors are also required to upload at least one (but no more than three) visual illustrations. File type options: PDF, GIF, JPEG, PNG, EDRW. The visual illustration(s) should complement your entry description and can be drawings, photos, charts, or CAD images. 

The contest's principal sponsors are COMSOL and Mouser Electronics with Analog Devices and Intel as supporting sponsors.

Category sponsors include Maplesoft and Schneider Electric.

The contest is produced by Tech Briefs Media Group.

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