The Create the Future Design Contest was launched in 2002 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 and Mouser Electronics, the 2018 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 new product ideas submitted from 60 countries. To view all of the entries online, visit www.createthefuturecontest.com.

GRAND PRIZE WINNER

MEDICAL CATEGORY WINNER

ROBOTICS/AUTOMATION/MANUFACTURING CATEGORY WINNER

ELECTRONICS/SENSORS/IOT CATEGORY WINNER

AEROSPACE & DEFENSE CATEGORY WINNER

AUTOMOTIVE/TRANSPORTATION CATEGORY WINNER

CONSUMER PRODUCTS CATEGORY WINNER

SUSTAINABLE TECHNOLOGIES CATEGORY WINNER