The 2023 contest is now closed for entries and voting. Look for an announcement soon about the finalists who will compete for this year’s top prizes.

Help build a better tomorrow

Since Tech Briefs magazine launched the Create the Future Design contest in 2002 to recognize and reward engineering innovation, over 15,000 design ideas have been submitted by engineers, students, and entrepreneurs across six continents. You can also join the innovators who dared to dream big and build a better tomorrow by entering this year’s contest.

Read About Past Winners’ Success Stories

Over the past 20 years, many innovators have used the recognition afforded by the contest to advance the development and marketing of their technologies. We highlight some success stories of past winners who have brought their inventions to the marketplace.

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A ‘Create the Future’ Winner Featured on ‘Here’s an Idea’

The podcast series Here’s an Idea explores the story of RepelWrap, from early 10-centimeter prototypes to ongoing efforts at commercialization. In the episode, lead inventor Dr. Leyla Soleymani explains how a suggestion for biosensors turned into an invention that some are calling a "Teflon" for pathogens.

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Thank you from our Sponsors

“At COMSOL, we are very excited to recognize innovators and their important work this year. We are grateful for the opportunity to support the Create the Future Design Contest, which is an excellent platform for designers to showcase their ideas and products in front of a worldwide audience. Best of luck to all participants!”

— Bernt Nilsson, Senior Vice President of Marketing, COMSOL, Inc.

“From our beginnings, Mouser has supported engineers, innovators and students. We are proud of our longstanding support for the Create the Future Design Contest and the many innovations it has inspired.”

— Kevin Hess, Senior Vice President of Marketing, Mouser Electronics

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TE Connectivity (TE) is a trailblazer in automotive technology, creating trusted solutions that shape the industry today and drive progress toward an even brighter tomorrow. By leveraging decades of deep experience, established design partnerships and world-class engineering capabilities, TE’s product portfolio touches nearly every vehicle imaginable – from traditional to electric and fuel alternatives — helping pave our planet's transition into green transportation.

With an expansive range of automotive technology solutions spanning more than three-quarters of a century, TE is uniquely positioned to support the latest trends in vehicle electrification, data connectivity and autonomy. Our diverse global network encompassing manufacturing sites across continents and thousands of engineers dedicated exclusively to automotive engineering brings invaluable expertise as we collaborate with our customers on difficult challenges - ensuring reliable outcomes every step along the way.