Create the Future and win $20,000 (NASA TechBriefs Competition)

Reveal your inner genius

(I have revealed mine here - please click to help my view-count)

It's time to bring out the inventions you've been keeping to yourself. Show off your design and engineering skills in the Create The Future Design Contest.

$20,000, other great prizes, fame and glory are on the line!

It's like an Instructables contest, but with a wider range of possibilities, and you could get away without actually making anything. The contest is open now, and you have until October 17th to get your entries in.

There are six categories:

  • Consumer Products: Products that increase quality of life in the workplace, at home, during leisure time, or while traveling.
  • Machinery, Equipment and Component Technology: Products that speed and improve work, manufacturing, or scientific research processes.
  • Medical Products: Products that improve the efficiency and quality of healthcare.
  • Safety and Security: Products that enhance the security or safety of individuals, businesses, communities, or nations.
  • Sustainable Technologies: Products that help reduce dependence on non-renewable energy resources, as well as products designed for other purposes using environmentally friendly materials or manufacturing processes.
  • Transportation: Products that enable movement of people and goods from one place to another.

You describe your idea in a maximum of 500 words, and you get judged on:

  • Innovation
  • Manufacturability
  • Marketability
  • Cost-effectiveness
  • Design communication (visuals and text explanation)


Grand Prize*
$20,000 USD

First Prize in Each Category (6)
HP xw4600 Workstations (or comparable workstation of equivalent value)

Popular Vote Winners (6)
$100 USD

All qualified entrants will receive a limited-edition Create the Future design contest t-shirt or souvenir of equivalent or greater value.

>You have to be 18 to enter (but you could get an adult to enter for you), you can enter a group's work (under your name), but for some bizarre reason, the contest is "void" in New York and Florida.

I'm going to give it some serious consideration, if only to get the tee...

Rules of Entry
Entry form
Tech Briefs Article

The best design ideas will:
  • Improve quality of life
  • Automate tedious tasks
  • Prevent or reduce injuries
  • Save time and money
  • Offer alternative energy solutions
  • Reduce the world's consumption of natural resources
  • Lead to other product improvements

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xACIDITYx9 years ago
Kiteman (author)  xACIDITYx9 years ago
Coo, somebody must be doing something right - I'm up to third!

Has anybody else entered yet?
You're up to first in your category!
Kiteman (author)  xACIDITYx9 years ago
Oh, so I am! I thought the rating listed was category, not overall.

Coo, number 1 in my category.

>smug smile<
I believe it's number 1 in the category and number 3 overall.
Kiteman (author) 9 years ago
Personal plea - my entry had slipped to fifth place - please help me get my page-view count up.

If you haven't looked already, or you're at a different computer since last time you looked, or you've flushed out your cookies since last you looked, then, please, click here.
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I'm confused. I thought it was only what the judges thought that mattered-why do page views matter?
Kiteman (author)  Lithium Rain9 years ago
There's a popularity vote as well - even if the judges don't like your project, there's a chance of $100 cash.
Oh, yeah, I forgot about that! (Must remember to enter mine...)
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