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"Create the Future" Contest Offers $20,000 for Game-Changing New Product Idea

WARRENDALE, Pa., March 1, 2013 - Do you have the next great idea for a product design or service? There could be a cash prize waiting for you. The 11th Annual “Create the Future” Design Contest, which is sponsored by COMSOL, Tech Briefs Media Group and SAE International, rewards and celebrates product designs that increase quality of life, improve the efficiency and quality of healthcare, and help to reduce dependence on non-renewable energy sources.

The winner of the contest will receive a cash prize of $20,000, plus global recognition for their innovative new product idea. In addition to the cash prize award, a Hewlett-Packard workstation computer will be awarded to the winners in each of the seven entry categories: Consumer Products; Electronics; Machinery & Equipment; Medical; Safety and Security; Sustainable Technologies; and Transportation.

“Innovation is what makes the business world, and society, in general, move forward. And great ideas are what fuels that innovation,” Joseph Pramberger, President & Publisher of TBMG, said. “We want to reward those great ideas and the people who create them.”

Past contests have generated more than 9,000 design ideas from engineers, educators, and students in more than 100 countries. Previous grand prize winning entries include a key fob-sized device that makes smart phones "smarter" by enabling consumers to run a variety of low-cost sensing applications; an economical, rapid screening device to prevent food borne illness; a wheelchair propulsion system designed to increase the user’s mobility while decreasing upper body, repetitive stress injuries; a mechanism that makes CPR easy and safe for anyone to perform; a fuel-saving motor/pump for cars and trucks; a low-cost in-vehicle emergency warning system; and a new type of energy-efficient lighting. 

Contest entries can be submitted by an individual or a team. An independent industry panel will judge the entries. Web site visitors are invited to vote for their favorite entry. For more information on how to enter the contest, go to

COMSOL, Inc. (Burlington, MA) provides software solutions for multiphysics modeling and simulation. Its flagship product, COMSOL Multiphysics, lets engineers and scientists build simulations that bring their design ideas to life. Its unparalleled ability to include all relevant physical effects that exist in the real world opens up a wide array of modeling possibilities. COMSOL's customers apply this technology to make cars and aircraft safer and more energy efficient, enhance the reception of our cell phones, search for new energy sources, explore the universe, develop medical equipment enabling more accurate diagnoses, and educate the next generation of scientists. 

About Tech Briefs Media Group
Tech Briefs Media Group is publisher of NASA Tech Briefs, the largest-circulation design engineering magazine worldwide, and Medical Design Briefs, the only OEM publication targeted 100% to medical design engineers and managers. Additional publications include Defense Tech Briefs, Photonics Tech Briefs, Imaging Technology, Motion Control and Automation Technology, RF & Microwave Technology, Embedded Technology, and Lighting Technology. Combined, these products reach over 600,000 engineers and managers worldwide. The Tech Briefs Media Group product line has grown to include print/digital advertising, email/web products, virtual events, seminars & conferences, and custom media.

About SAE International
SAE International is a global association of more than 138,000 engineers and related technical experts in the aerospace, automotive and commercial-vehicle industries. SAE International's core competencies are life-long learning and voluntary consensus standards development. SAE International's charitable arm is the SAE Foundation, which supports many programs, including A World In Motion® and the Collegiate Design Series™.





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