The Create the Future Design Contest , launched in 2002 by Tech Briefs Media Group (publishers of Tech Briefs magazine), recognizes and rewards engineering innovations that benefit humanity, the environment, and the economy. The annual contest draws product designs from engineers, students, and entrepreneurs worldwide.

Sponsored by COMSOL  and Mouser Electronics , the 2020 contest rewarded innovation in seven categories: Aerospace & Defense, Automotive/Transportation, Consumer Product Design, Electronics/Sensors/IoT, Manufacturing/Robotics/Automation, Medical, and Sustainable Technologies/Future Energy.

Category winners include underwater connecters, advanced prosthetic legs, "flash" graphene, and a new kind of lidar.

In this special section, you’ll meet the Grand Prize Winner as well as the winners and Honorable Mentions in all seven categories chosen from new product ideas submitted from more than 60 countries. Awards were announced via a live event that took place last month.

See this year’s Grand-Prize Winner, along with all additional category winners and honorable-mention awards.