Create the Future Design Contest Worldwide

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Create the Future Design Contest Worldwide

Tech Briefs Media Group is pleased to announce Create the Future Design Contest. The annual event has attracted more than 14,000 product design ideas from engineers, entrepreneurs, and students worldwide. The contest is open international entrants who are at least 18 years of age or older at the time of the application.

It’s your time to shine! Submit your best new product designs in up to seven categories for a chance to win $20,000, other great prizes, and global recognition.

Who May Eligible:

To eligible, the candidates must be following all the eligibility criteria:

  • The Contest is open worldwide, except where prohibited or restricted by national or local law.
  • Entries may be submitted by an individual or a design team.
  • Entrants must be 18 years of age or older. For team entries, the team leader must be at least 18 years of age but there is no age requirement for other team members. Any prizes will be awarded to the team leader.
  • Employees and the immediate families of the Primary Sponsors, their parent companies, subsidiaries, representatives, and advertising/promotion agencies are not eligible and prohibited from entering.

How to Apply & Competitions Rules:

To participate, the applicants must submit an application online form through the given link:


  • Upload at least one image with your entry.
  • The entrant, whether an individual or a team, may submit multiple different entries to the Contest, and may submit multiple entries per category, but each entry must be a substantially different design idea. Choose one of seven categories for your entry:
    • Aerospace & Defense -Product innovations with applications in the aerospace, aviation, and/or defense markets.
    • Automotive/Transportation -Products that enable movement of people and goods from one place to another.
    • Consumer Products -Products that increase the quality of life in the workplace, at home, during leisure time, or while traveling.
    • 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).
    • Robotics/Automation/Manufacturing — Products that speed, improve, and/or automate work, manufacturing, and research & development (R&D).
    • Medical -Products that improve the efficiency and quality of healthcare.
    • 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.
  • If the same design idea is submitted more than once, the entries will be disqualified.
  • 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 the novel, how it would be produced, and where it would be applied. Entries will be judged on these criteria:
    • Innovation (50% of score) — What makes the design novel? Does it represent an important advance over the 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?
  • 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.
  • No purchase necessary to enter or win. There is no cost to enter the Contest.
  • Entries must be for product designs that either: 1) are not yet in commercial production at the time of entry, or (2) were introduced to the commercial market within the last 12 months of entry date. Products that have been commercially available for more than 12 months at the time of entry are not eligible.
  • By entering, entrants warrant that to the best of their knowledge: (1) their entry is an original idea; (2) they are authorized by the owner of the design to enter the design in the contest; and that (3) the design does not infringe the intellectual property rights of any third party.


  • Grand Prize (1): $20,000 USD
  • First Prize in Each Category (7): HP deskside workstation computer, courtesy of HP and Nvidia.
  • The winner in the Robotics/Automation/Manufacturing category will also receive a copy of MapleSim modeling & simulation software from category sponsor Maplesoft ($5,000 value).
  • Popular Vote Prizes (10): The Top Ten Most Popular Entries, as voted on by contest site visitors, will each receive Nanodots Magnetic Constructors from Nano Magnetics. These precision-crafted Rare-Earth magnets heralded as “Lego of the 21st Century,” can be clicked, sculpted and combined in infinite ways.
  • Top 100 Entries (100): Certificate of Achievement suitable for framing Winning entries will be featured in a special supplement to Tech Briefs magazine’s November 2018 issue.
  • The Medical Category winner will be spotlighted in the November 2018 issue of Medical Design Briefs magazine.
  • Grand prize and category winners will be invited to a special awards reception and dinner in New York City on Friday, November 9.
  • The Sponsors reserve the right to exchange or replace prizes with others of equal value.

Application Deadline:

Entries must be received by 11:59 pm ET on July 2, 2018.

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