2024 Contest Coming Soon!

Get your neurons fired up – the 2024 Create the Future Design Contest will open for entries on March 1. Submit your best new product ideas for a chance at $25,000 and other great prizes.

In the meantime, get up to speed on last year’s winners, honorable mentions, and most popular entries here.

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’

Spinal cord injury affects 17,000 Americans and 700,000 people worldwide each year. A research team at NeuroPair, Inc. won the Grand Prize in the 2023 Create the Future Design Contest for a revolutionary approach to spinal cord repair. In this Here’s an Idea podcast episode, Dr. Johannes Dapprich, NeuroPair’s CEO and founder, discusses their groundbreaking approach that addresses a critical need in the medical field, offering a fast and minimally invasive solution to a long-standing problem.

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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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Zeus Industrial Products is a global leader in advanced polymer solutions, helping customers overcome complex design and engineering challenges since 1966. Zeus’ polymer solutions include tubing, heat shrinks, and a range of specialty products such as biomaterials, monofilaments, and many more. A range of value-add services, including product assembly, drilling, etching, fillers, flaring, flanging, and more, allow customers to further optimize products to their specific application needs. Additionally, Zeus services for the medical device industry extend to contract design and manufacturing, allowing customers a single source for catheter design, rapid prototyping, and manufacturing. For more than 50 years, customers have depended on their best-in-class quality and technical support, global reach, and high-volume manufacturing capabilities to gain a critical competitive advantage in the market. From concept to commercialization, they are present every step of the way, providing products, services, and solutions that fuel product innovation. For more information, visit https://www.zeusinc.com.

Resources

  • Engineering Possibilities: New Liners for Next-Gen Catheters

    To advance therapies deeper into the vasculature, the catheters of tomorrow must become smaller and more flexible while still possessing the strength required to deliver these crucial therapies. By providing engineers with more liner options, new catheter designs that once seemed unimaginable can now be explored.

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  • Transforming Neurovascular Microcatheter Production

    Innovative microcatheter technology and production techniques have enabled sophisticated treatments for patients with neurovascular conditions. However, manufacturers of these devices are faced with the challenge of delamination, which can have a serious impact on patient safety and production yields.

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  • Structural Heart Catheter Construction

    Thanks to advances in minimally invasive catheter-based procedures, structural heart diseases are now often treated through endovascular therapy. However, manufacturing structural heart catheters is not without its challenges, particularly when it comes to the final stage in production, the removal of heat shrink.

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  • Endovascular Interventions: Below-the-Knee

    Despite advances in routine below-the-knee peripheral endovascular intervention, device manufacturers are still faced with the challenge of designing catheters with the right combination of properties that can more easily access and navigate the highly tortuous vasculature below-the-knee.

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