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Tips for Entrants

 

The best entries clearly and concisely answer all of the following questions and are accompanied by an illustration that complements and illuminates the text:

 

  • What problem does your design idea solve?

  • What are the potential benefits?

  • How is your idea novel or an improvement on what is currently available in the marketplace?

  • Where would this idea be applied?

  • What is the market potential?

  • How does your design work?

  • How would your product be manufactured?

  • How would the production cost compare with products already in the marketplace.

  • The best design ideas will serve a public good by:

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  • Improving quality of life

  • Automating tedious tasks

  • Preventing or reducing injuries

  • Saving lives

  • Improving public safety and security

  • Saving time and money

  • Offering alternative energy solutions

  • Reducing consumption of natural resources

  • Reducing waste

  • Bolstering the economy

  • Enabling other product improvements

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  • TOP TIPS

  • 1.  Accompany your entry with an illustration.

  • 2.  Your description should be of sufficient length to describe how the invention works.

  •      If it is only a few sentences, chances are it’s too short.

  • 3.  What makes it novel?

  • 4.  How it would be produced?

  • 5.  Where it would be applied?

  • 6.  Submit illustrations in an acceptable file type, such as PDF, GIF, JPEG, PNG, not Word or PowerPoint documents. Limit text on illustrations to captions or call-outs.