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Entering design competitions

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Entering design competitions

As you may know, PTC is sponsoring the Create the Future Design Contest 2010 - see this link for details: http://contest.techbriefs.com/

This contest was 'launched in 2002 by the publishers of NASA Tech Briefs magazine to help stimulate and reward engineering innovation'... and I personally think this is a great idea. Individual designers as well a small start-ups can enter their product ideas and win funding that may help them get closer to realizing their ideas.

And the number of entries each year speaks for itself - there are plenty of good ideas out there and people who are trying to make them public.

What I am quite curious about, is how do you guys find the time to work on ideas in your spare time, prepare a description and submit your stuff? Kudos to all of you who have ever participated in such a contest! And thank you for doing these things - without any extra effort, there would be little innovation, right?

If you have a great design ready or you are currently working on one, why not take a look at the contest rules, maybe you will be the one to make my life easier - From the perfect can opener to industrial filters reducing air pollution - I guess everything is possible.

Anyway, back to my question: Do you think the same about contests and have you made some experiences with any contests in the US or other countries?

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Re: Entering design competitions

Can't believe we're near the end already! The NASA Tech Briefs' Create the Future contest deadline is tomorrow at midnight!

Submit your design and change the world!! --> http://bit.ly/degmS1

If you don't have a design to enter, the contest is still really cool to check out. Most registrants create a public profile displaying their entry. You can comment on them and also vote for your favorite (popular vote gets a BIG prize). NTB has also posted a list of all the previous winners too which is quite interesting to see!

Thanks to everyone who has submitted their designs and supported the contest. I think PTC, Comsol and Nasa Tech Briefs have truly achieved our goal of stimulating and rewarding engineering innovation. We have over 700 entries right now and I hear new ones are coming in at a rapid pace as we near the deadline.

There's still time! http://bit.ly/degmS1

Re: Entering design competitions

Here's a quick update on the contest:

It is closed for submissions, but you can still participate by voting for your favorite design.

Cast your vote! Go to http://contest.techbriefs.com/ to view, vote, and comment on your favorite entries.
Voting deadline is August 31, 2010.
Here are a few examples of Pro/ENGINEER submissions (of course, I am biased and would love to see a Pro/ENGINEER entry win) - but there are tons of others to choose from.
Bettina