Engineers Worldwide Compete in 2012 "Create the Future" Design Contest

$20,000 Grand Prize for Game Changing Product Idea

Mar 01, 2012, 10:00 ET from Tech Briefs Media Group

NEW YORK, March 1, 2012  /PRNewswire/ -- The tenth annual "Create the Future" Design Contest ( sponsored by COMSOL, Nordson EFD, and Tech Briefs Media Group opens today and runs through June 30, 2012. The contest is an opportunity to receive global recognition and a cash prize of $20,000 for an innovative new product idea that benefits society and the economy.

Past contests have generated nearly 1,000 design ideas annually from engineers, educators, and students in more than 50 countries. Previous grand prize winning entries include an economical, rapid screening device to prevent foodborne illness; a wheelchair propulsion system designed to increase the user's mobility while decreasing upper body, repetitive stress injuries; a mechanism that makes CPR easy and safe for anyone to perform; a fuel-saving motor/pump for cars and trucks; a low-cost in-vehicle emergency warning system; and a new type of energy-efficient lighting. 

The "Create the Future" Design Contest has been responsible for bringing 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.

A Hewlett-Packard workstation computer will be awarded to the winners in each of the seven entry categories: Consumer Products; Electronics; Machinery & Equipment; Medical (sponsored by Value Plastics, Inc.); Safety and Security; Sustainable Technologies; and Transportation.

Contest entries can be submitted by an individual or a team. New this year: entrants can submit a video about their product idea. An independent industry panel will judge the entries. Web site visitors are invited to vote for their favorite entry. For more information on how to enter the contest, go to


COMSOL, Inc. (Burlington, MA) provides software solutions for multiphysics modeling and simulation. Its flagship product, COMSOL Multiphysics, lets engineers and scientists build simulations that bring their design ideas to life. Its unparalleled ability to include all relevant physical effects that exist in the real world opens up a wide array of modeling possibilities. COMSOL's customers apply this technology to make cars and aircraft safer and more energy efficient, enhance the reception of our cell phones, search for new energy sources, explore the universe, develop medical equipment enabling more accurate diagnoses, and educate the next generation of scientists.

About Nordson EFD

Nordson EFD designs and manufactures precision dispensing systems for applying controlled amounts of the adhesives, sealants, lubricants, and other assembly fluids used in almost every manufacturing process. Benefits of controlled fluid application include better product quality and reliability, lower production costs, and greater profitability through higher yields. Major markets include aerospace, automotive, electronics, life sciences, and photovoltaics, with applications ranging from large automotive assemblies to implantable medical devices to tiny electronic components. Nordson EFD products are available through a worldwide network operating in more than 30 countries.

About Tech Briefs Media Group

Tech Briefs Media Group is publisher of NASA Tech Briefs, the largest-circulation design engineering magazine worldwide, and Medical Design Briefs, the only OEM publication targeted 100% to medical design engineers and managers. Combined, these products reach over 600,000 engineers and managers worldwide. Additional publications include Defense Tech Briefs, Photonics Tech Briefs, Imaging Technology, Motion Control and Automation Technology, RF & Microwave Technology, Embedded Technology, and Lighting Technology. The Tech Briefs Media Group product line has grown to include print/digital advertising, email/web products, virtual events, seminars & conferences, and custom media.

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