The Create the Future Design Contest was launched 16 years ago by Tech Briefs Media Group (publishers of Tech Briefs magazine) to help stimulate and reward engineering innovation. Since then, the annual contest has drawn more than 14,000 product design ideas from engineers, students, and entrepreneurs worldwide. Sponsored by COMSOL, Mouser Electronics, and Tech Briefs Media Group, the 2017 contest rewarded innovation in seven categories: Aerospace & Defense, Automotive/Transportation, Consumer Products, Electronics/Sensors/IoT, Machinery/Automation/Robotics, Medical, and Sustainable Technologies.

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 more than 1,100 new product ideas submitted from 65 countries. To view all of the entries online, visit www.createthefuturecontest.com .

GRAND PRIZE WINNER

ELECTRONICS/SENSORS/IOT CATEGORY WINNER

AEROSPACE & DEFENSE CATEGORY WINNER

MACHINERY/AUTOMATION/ROBOTICS CATEGORY WINNER

MEDICAL CATEGORY WINNER

AUTOMOTIVE/TRANSPORTATION CATEGORY WINNER

CONSUMER PRODUCTS CATEGORY WINNER

SUSTAINABLE TECHNOLOGIES CATEGORY WINNER