“Create the Future” design contest for engineers

02 June 2015

Mouser Electronics is sponsoring the 13th annual “Create the Future” design contest, a challenge to engineers/students worldwide to create the next great thing.

Mouser is being joined in this sponsorship by Intel and Analog Devices. The contest is produced by Tech Briefs Media Group, an SAE International Company.

The grand prize winner will receive global recognition and a cash prize of $20,000 for an innovative product that benefits society and the economy. Previous contests have produced more than 10,000 design ideas from engineers, entrepreneurs and students in more than 100 countries. Entries are being accepted now through to July 1, 2015. 

Kevin Hess, Mouser Electronics' Vice President of Technical Marketing said advancing technological innovation is at the core of what they do at Mouser and they are very excited to support design engineers by once again helping to sponsor this global design contest for them.

C.J. Bruno, Intel VP, GM of the Americas commented, Intel is committed to inspiring and enabling inventors, entrepreneurs and design engineers to rapidly prototype, innovate and develop products. With products like Intel Edison, they are delivering smaller, more power efficient products with built-in wireless connectivity. They are enabling the industry to rethink where – and in what situations – connected computing is possible and desirable – from robotics and drones to small consumer internet of things devices like wearables. They are excited to join Mouser Electronics in sponsoring this innovative design contest.

The “Create the Future” Design Contest has been responsible for bringing attention to product designs that increase the quality of life, improve the efficiency and quality of healthcare and help to reduce dependence on non-renewable energy sources. The Contest was launched in 2002 by the publishers of NASA Tech Briefs magazine to help stimulate and reward engineering innovation. 

The grand prize winner will be chosen from the winners in seven entry categories including Aerospace & Defense, Automotive/Transportation, Consumer Products, Electronics, Machinery/Automation/Robotics, Medical, and Sustainable Technologies. Contest entries can be submitted by an individual or a team. An independent industry panel will judge the entries. Web site visitors are invited to vote for their favorite entry. For more information on how to enter the contest, go to http://www.mouser.com/createthefuture.

Previous grand prize winning entries include a key fob-sized device that makes smart phones "smarter" by enabling consumers to run a variety of low-cost sensing applications; an economical, rapid screening device to prevent food borne illness; a wheelchair propulsion system designed to increase the user’s mobility while decreasing upper body, repetitive stress injuries; a mechanism that makes CPR easy and safe for anyone to perform; a fuel-saving motor/pump for cars and trucks; a low-cost in-vehicle emergency warning system; and a new type of energy-efficient lighting. 

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