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

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)

Prizes

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

Discussions

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Kiteman
Kiteman

Reply 11 years ago

Coo, somebody must be doing something right - I'm up to third!

Has anybody else entered yet?

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xACIDITYx
xACIDITYx

Reply 11 years ago

You're up to first in your category!

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Kiteman
Kiteman

Reply 11 years ago

Oh, so I am! I thought the rating listed was category, not overall.

Coo, number 1 in my category.

>smug smile<

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xACIDITYx
xACIDITYx

Reply 11 years ago

I believe it's number 1 in the category and number 3 overall.

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Kiteman
Kiteman

11 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.

Diagram for NASA 01.jpg
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Lithium Rain
Lithium Rain

Reply 11 years ago

I'm confused. I thought it was only what the judges thought that mattered-why do page views matter?

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Kiteman
Kiteman

Reply 11 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.

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Lithium Rain
Lithium Rain

Reply 11 years ago

Oh, yeah, I forgot about that! (Must remember to enter mine...)

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Kiteman
Kiteman

Reply 11 years ago

Have you entered yet?

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Keith-Kid
Keith-Kid

Reply 11 years ago

OOOh, didn't see that YOU posted it, but I made another one, one that's more attention grabbing. People see this as just info for the contest.

Mine will help you more!

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Keith-Kid
Keith-Kid

Reply 11 years ago

Make a thread about it kiteman! Iblers will surely give you a boost!!!

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Keith-Kid
Keith-Kid

Reply 11 years ago

oops.....

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KentsOkay
KentsOkay

Reply 11 years ago

Viewed!

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n8man
n8man

Reply 11 years ago

Someone came out of no where and took first ( look at the heirarchy)

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Kiteman
Kiteman

Reply 11 years ago

Goodness me! They must have a more popular blog or something.

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n8man
n8man

Reply 11 years ago

Or more computers

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KentsOkay
KentsOkay

11 years ago

*grumble* Gotta be 18 or older....

Nah no matter, I must go check my pile of ideas for something good...

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Kiteman
Kiteman

Reply 11 years ago

Just get a grown-up to put their name on it - an entrant is allowed to represent a group of people working together.

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bumpus
bumpus

Reply 11 years ago

chatroom

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JellyWoo
JellyWoo

11 years ago

if you are under 18, can you still put your own name for the entry?

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Kiteman
Kiteman

Reply 11 years ago

The rules state that the entrant has to be 18. However, the entrant can also represent a group or team of co-workers. So, get a trusted over-18 to enter for you (even better if it is a family member, since they send prizes to the address you put into the entry form).

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JellyWoo
JellyWoo

Reply 11 years ago

so the name has to be the person over 18 right?

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YummyPancakes
YummyPancakes

11 years ago

Oh god oh god oh god... INEEDANIDEA!@!!!!!!

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Kiteman
Kiteman

Reply 11 years ago

I have an idea.

I've even written it up and prepared diagrams.

I'm just waiting for a reply regarding intellectual property rights.

(What the heck - I figure that even the entry prize (a t-shirt) is worth the few minutes it took to knock the thing together from one of my Instructables. Anything more is a bonus.)

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xACIDITYx
xACIDITYx

Reply 11 years ago

Your Manta Drive?

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Kiteman
Kiteman

Reply 11 years ago

With a few tweaks, and re-named the Cuttlefish Drive (adding the explanation of the name took it over the 500-word limit), but yes. It's not up yet, I'm waiting for it to be "approved" - apparently takes about four days. Even if I don't win, I'll be looking to my fellow iblers to get my page-view count up.

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xACIDITYx
xACIDITYx

Reply 11 years ago

I know I'll be checking it out. You'll just have to give me the link when it's ready.

I'm sure anything that you come up with is a win in my book!

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Kiteman
Kiteman

Reply 11 years ago

You know I will.

> flexes spam muscles <

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Sharku
Sharku

Reply 11 years ago

ahh spam!!! >reads KM's mind<
anyone gonna do a entry for transportation? ill give you a hint its flies...... <easy need to know what im gonna go against :P

als ong no ones post there version of anti gravity then im kinda confident though not with writing

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n8man
n8man

Reply 11 years ago

Here's some help ( spam ) Kiteman:


It's spam,
it's spam,
It's spam that makes the world go round.
It's spamspamspamspamspam that makes the world go round.

It's spam,

It's spam,

It's spam that makes the world go round.


Oh, roaming over the ocean,
roaming over the sea,
roaming over the ocean and the Deep blue sea.


Thank you, thank you. I dedicate this spam to kiteman.

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n8man
n8man

Reply 11 years ago

replace spam with cheese, you will get the first stanza of a song I learned in boy scouts.

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Kiteman
Kiteman

Reply 11 years ago

There was cheese, cheese With great big hairy knees In the stores, in the stores, There was cheese, cheese With great big hairy knees In the quartermaster's stores. My eyes are dim, I cannot see I have not brought my specs with me I ha-ave no-ot bro-ught my-y specs with me.

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n8man
n8man

Reply 11 years ago

Yay! scout songs.

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Sharku
Sharku

Reply 11 years ago

Ahh very nice ingenious design , not sure if i can compete with that >.>

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Kiteman
Kiteman

Reply 11 years ago

Thank you! If you don't want to compete with me, I don't mind (more chance of me winning!), but you could always try one of the other five categories.

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xACIDITYx
xACIDITYx

Reply 11 years ago

Nice.

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gschoppe
gschoppe

11 years ago

" LIMITATIONS OF LIABILITY. By entering the contest, the entrant agrees that (1) any and all disputes, claims, and causes of action arising out of or in connection with the contest, or any prizes awarded, shall be resolved individually without resort to any form of class action; (2) any claims, judgments and awards shall be limited to actual out-of-pocket costs incurred, including costs associated with entering the contest, but in no event attorney's fees; and (3) under no circumstances will any entrant be permitted to obtain any award for, and entrant hereby waives all rights to claim, punitive, incidental or consequential damages and any and all rights to have damages multiplied or otherwise increased and any other damages, other than damages for actual out-of-pocket expenses. " excuse my pessimism, but doesn't this bit say, in effect, "if we steal your idea, produce it, and give you no compensation, you can only sue for the value of the physical items you submitted"? couple that with the "give your info to solidworks for marketing purposes" and this seems a bit fishy.

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Kiteman
Kiteman

Reply 11 years ago

There is usually a paragraph like that in the 'ibles contest rules as well. But, if you don't want to enter, you don't have to.

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gschoppe
gschoppe

Reply 11 years ago

the difference I see with instructables, is that Instructables is about sharing ideas and directions freely for the pupose of furthering DIY, whereas this contest stresses ownership, privacy, and marketability... Instructables is designed to share projects, this contest seems to be designed to create a marketable product or two, with no stress on sharing the designs.

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Kiteman
Kiteman

Reply 11 years ago

Oh, I understand your concern, and I have emailed the organisers for clarification / reassurances. However, I think it's probably just "standard shrinkwrap", like this typical example:

9. By submitting an entry and entering this contest, you hereby grant Instructables and RoboGames a perpetual, irrevocable, sublicenseable, worldwide, royalty free right to publish and distribute your entry for their promotional purposes.

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gschoppe
gschoppe

Reply 11 years ago

It likely is just shrinkwrap, but it reminds me of those "Invention submission" scams that claim to patent and market your idea... also, there's no mention of what happens to the winners (or losers) idea... with marketability being a factor, you'd think they're looking to produce the winner's idea, however, they don't talk about it at all, and don't mention anything about their 'rights' to your submission. They say you retain ownership, but also say they can use it for marketing. Does this license them to sell the idea as long as they advertise the contest on the packaging? I'm just wary of anything that says, "send us your intellectual property, in private with no witnesses, and we wont use it, we promise... oh, and you might get $20,000, if your idea is good enough to make hundreds of millions for a company" worrysome

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Lithium Rain
Lithium Rain

Reply 11 years ago

Sigh. They just don't get it, do they? Why is the simple equation outpur = input so hard to understand??

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skunkbait
skunkbait

Reply 11 years ago

"outpur"- Is that like, "my cat can outpurr your cat"? :-]