The 15th annual “Create the Future” Design Contest is now open for submissions and runs through July 1, 2017. Contestants are asked to submit innovative product design ideas that benefit society and the economy for the opportunity to receive global recognition and win a cash prize of $20,000 USD.

The “Create the Future” Design Contest has helped stimulate and reward engineering innovation, and has brought attention to product designs that increase the quality of life, improve the efficiency and quality of healthcare, and help to reduce dependence on non-renewable energy sources.

The contest’s principal sponsors are COMSOL and Mouser Electronics with Analog Devices and Intel® as supporting sponsors. “Whether it’s a startup or a big corporation, innovative ideas and new products are the pillars that make businesses grow,” said Bernt Nilsson, Senior VP of Marketing with COMSOL, Inc. “The Create the Future Design Contest inspires innovators to bring their products to market and gain recognition worldwide.”

“Fostering technical innovation has always been a major part of our mission at Mouser,” said Kevin Hess, Mouser Electronics Senior Vice President of Marketing. “We are very excited to again participate in this important event for engineers and students around the world.”

The annual event has attracted more than 13,000 product design ideas from engineers, entrepreneurs, and students worldwide in more than 100 countries. Previous grand prize winning entries include a hybrid electric technology for semi-trailers that reduces fuel costs and emissions; a non-surgical circulatory support device for the treatment of chronic heart failure; a computerized construction method that rapidly 3D prints large-scale structures directly from architectural CAD models; and an economical, rapid screening device that prevents foodborne illness.

This year’s categories include: Consumer Products, Electronics /Sensors/IoT, Aerospace & Defense, Automotive/Transportation, Machinery/Automation/ Robotics (sponsored by Maplesoft), Medical (sponsored by Schneider Electric), and Sustainable Technologies. In addition to product concepts, designs for products that have been introduced to the market within the past 12 months are eligible.

Contestants can enter for free, either as an individual or as a team. An independent industry panel will judge the entries. Web site visitors are invited to vote for their favorite entry. For more information on the official contest rules, go to