The 11th annual "Create the Future" Design Contest, sponsored by COMSOL, SAE International, and Tech Briefs Media Group has begun. The contest will recognize outstanding innovations in product design worldwide, awarding a Grand Prize of $20,000. There is no cost to enter.

Entries can be submitted by individuals and/or teams in seven categories: Consumer Products; Electronics; Machinery & Equipment; Medical; Safety and Security; Sustainable Technologies; and Transportation (including Automotive).

The top entry in each category will receive a workstation computer from Hewlett-Packard. Prizes also will be awarded for the ten most popular entries as voted on by site registrants. Winning entries will be featured in a special supplement to NASA Tech Briefs magazine, the world's largest-circulation design engineering magazine. The Top 100 entries overall, as determined by an industry panel of judges, will receive a certificate of achievement. If you choose to post your entries on the contest site, they will be seen by business and technology leaders across the globe who could help bring your ideas to market.

All entries must be received by July 1, 2013.

For complete information, including the official entry form, go to: .

See last year's 'Create the Future' winner: Sensordrone .