The 2007 Create the Future Design Contest, presented by SolidWorks Corp. and NASA Tech Briefs, is now open. Youíre invited to submit your innovative design ideas in the following categories:

- Machinery, Equipment, and Component Technology

- Consumer Products

- Medical

- Safety and Security

- Transportation

- Sustainable Technologies

The sixth annual Create the Future design contest recognizes outstanding innovations in product design, awarding a Grand Prize of $20,000, and six First Prizes (one from each category) of Hewlett-Packard engineering workstations. Entrants may elect to have their entry posted on the contest Web site, and the 10 most-visited entries will each be awarded $250. All qualified entrants will receive a Create the Future Design Contest T-shirt.

The contest is co-sponsored by COMSOL Inc., Hewlett-Packard Co., and the Hong Kong Polytechnic University. So, exercise your imagination, demonstrate your design and engineering skills, and enter the contest today. All entries must be received by October 15, 2007.

Click here for guidelines, tips on winning, and the official entry form .