Electronics Design Contest

Create the Future Electronics Design Contest 2024

This electronics design contest is produced & owned by SAE Media Group. It is sponsored by COMSOL Inc., Mouser Electronics, Intel and Analog Devices. The contest is open to all students, engineers and anyone who is 18 years and above. The objective of the contest is to encourage the participants to innovate new product ideas that will help the society in particular and the economy in general.

It is also the objective of the contest to generate ideas that will help to reduce our dependence on fossil energy and better healthcare products.

The contest will run from March 1, 2024 to July 1, 2024 with winners getting the cash prize of US$25,000.

There are 7 categories from which you can choose to participate and the winners in each category will get a prize which will be announced soon.

The 7 categories are:

1) Robotics & Automation - design of machines that help to assist humans in a variety of fields.

2) Electronics - products that utilize the latest electronic components and system including the Internet of Things.

3) Manufacturing & Materials - products and processes that improve manufacturing, advances in materials and materials processing.

4) Medical - products that improve the quality and efficiency of healthcare.

5) Aerospace and Defense - products related to the aviation and defense industry.

6) Sustainable Technologies - products that reduce the dependence on non-renewable energy and promote the use of environment friendly materials.

7) Automotive/Transportation - products that deal with movement of peoples and goods.

Hence, if you have an interest in design and are above 18 years old, go to Create The Future contest website for more information and start the registration process. 

The Inventors Challenge 2024

This contest is open to all faculty and students who are doing undergraduates or post-graduate studies at engineering colleges in India. The contest was launched on 5th Mar 2024 and ideas to be submitted by 30th April 2024. Award ceremony will be held from 23rd-27th Sept 2024

This contest is organized by the Ministry of Education in India, AICTE (All India Council for Technical Education), Arm Education and STMicroelectronics.

The idea submission can be from any of the topics below:

  • Good Health and Well-Being
  • Affordable and Clean Energy
  • Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure
  • Sustainable Cities and Communities
  • Artificial Intelligence at the Edge
  • Smart Mobility

See here for more details of the contest.

2023 Hackaday Prize

Join this electronics design contest that many electronic enthusiasts and hardware designers will join to help compete and build a better future. There are 5 themed rounds that you can join with the Grand Prize winners getting $50,000 + Supplyframe DesignLab Residency. The second to fifth placing will get $20,000, $15,000, $10,000 and $5,000 respectively. 

The top 50 finalists will each receive $500 cash prize.

If you are between 13 and 18 years old, you will need a parentage consent to join this contest.

Here are the five themed rounds each lasting about 5 weeks. The first challenge is basically coming up with an idea to help others a change to learn new skills. See all the five challenges below.

  1. March 25, 2023 - April 25, 2023  Re-engineering Education Challenge
  2. April 25, 2023 - May 30, 2023     Assistive Tech Module Challenge
  3. May 30, 2023 - July 4, 2023       Green Hacks Challenge
  4. July 4, 2023 - Aug 8, 2023         Gearing Up Challenge
  5. Aug 8, 2023 - Sept 12, 2023      Save the World Wildcard Challenge

Get more details and entry requirements here.

Innovation for Environmental Change 2022 Design Competition

This electronics design contest is brought to you by Altium LLC, IPC Education Foundation and Arduino. Altium LLC is a leading printed circuit board software company based in San Diego, California.

This contest is open to all students who are in high schools as well as undergraduate students from colleges or universities. Team of four or more members will work together to create a prototype design that will improve the environment using Altium’s Upverter Modular PCB design software and the Arduino Portenta H7.


First Prize $1500

Second Prize $750

Third Prize $500

All winners will also received a free Arduino Portenta H7 and Upverter design manufactured for free.

Hurry, registration is now open and the deadline to register is Oct 3, 2022.

Submission deadline is Nov 18, 2022

Details and registration here.

MAX78000 Artificial Intelligence Electronics Design Contest

Join the MAX78000 AI Design Contest sponsored by MAXIM Integrated and Elektor Magazine. You will need to register by April 15, 2021 and submit your design that uses MAX78000 by June 30, 2021.

Elektor will be giving away 1,000 MAX78000FTHR evaluation kits to all selected participants of this contest. 


First Prize (€ 2,000)

Second Prize (€ 1,000)

Third Prize (€ 500)

Get more details and register here.

MEMS Design Contest 2018

The Micro-Electro-Mechanical Systems or its acronym MEMS is the next evolving fabrication technology. Micro-actuators, micro-sensors, micro-structure and micro-electronics are all being miniaturized at a rapid rate. If you are involved in this field, join this contest which is sponsored by 

  • Cadence Design Systems
  • Coventor
  • X-FAB
  • Reutlingen University

The objective of this contest is to encourage creativity in the integration of MEMS and mixed-signal CMOS blocks more so in the areas of Internet of Things(IoT), cars and phones.

You will definitely learn the various tools that are used in designing the cutting edge technology. Cash prizes and the opportunity to attend the CDNLive EMEA 2018 in Munich are in store for the prize winners.

Get more details here.

International Space Station Design Challenge 2016

Calling all college students and engineers. Join this contest and get your design 3-D printed in the ISS. Mechanical and electrical design knowledge will be necessary. This contest is organized by Mouser and Made In Space. Closing date is Oct 7, 2016

  • Grand prize: 3D Printer
  • Second & Third prize: Fluke Meter
  • All entrants: Mouser Genius T-Shirt

See the guidelines here.

Innovate Europe Electronics Design Contest 2016

If you are a university student studying Bachelor Of Electronics/Electrical Engineering or Computer Engineering, you may want to join this contest which you can now register. Registration will close on March 31, 2016. Individual or team participation is available.

Here are the categories that you can join.

  • IoT or Internet of Things
  • Machine Vision or Video Processing Apps
  • Machine Learning with FPGAs
  • High Performance Computing
  • Others

Winning teams will receive a drone for each member. Get more details and register here.

Texas Instruments(TI) Innovation Challenge 2016

Consider joining this contest if you are an undergraduate or graduate engineering student studying in the USA, Puerto Rico, Canada (excluding Quebec) or Mexico.  This contest will help you use your skills in electronics design together with TI devices to come up with the best entry. Individual or team participation is available.

The contest is on from Sept 1, 2015 to May 27, 2016. Here are the prizes:

  • First Prize: US$10,000
  • Second Prize: US$7,500
  • Third Prize: US$5,000
  • Ten Categorical prizes: US$1,000-US$2,000

Register to join the contest at TI contest website.

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