Design Contest sponsored by Mouser and Analog Devices offers $20,000 grand prize

April 17, 2014 // By Graham Prophet
Distributor Mouser Electronics and Analog Devices are sponsoring the 12th annual NASA Tech Briefs magazine "Create the Future" Design Contest, a challenge to engineers and students worldwide to create the next great thing.

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 9,000 design ideas from engineers, educators and students in more than 100 countries.

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.

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, Consumer Products, Electronics, Machinery & Equipment, Medical, Sustainable Technologies and Transportation & Automotive. 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 favourite entry. For more information on how to enter the contest – entries are being accepted now, and until 1 st July 2014 – go to; www.mouser.com/createthefuture2014/