Categories, Eligibility, & Entry


Now Accepting Entries! Enter Today!

The Golden Mousetraps offer you 3 opportunities to get recognized for the significant contributions your company has made to design and manufacturing. Nominate your company, or a company that you think deserves an award, today. 

Deadline to Enter:  October 28, 2014. Enter today!

All entry materials and entry fees MUST be received by UBM Canon no later than 5:00 pm (PST) on October 28, 2014.

1. Nominate a Rising Engineering Star

Do you know someone who is ahead of the trends and is significantly performing in the industry? Is he or she (or you) making strides in the field of design engineering and not looking back? Nominees must be based in the United States. Finalists and winners will be chosen by the Design News editorial staff and board of directors.

There is no fee to enter.

2. Enter your gadget into the Gadget Freak of the Year contest

We will also be recognizing a Gadget Freak. The top three gadgeteers will be awarded a total of $10,000. Our Gadget Freak of the Year winner will take home a cool $6,000. Two runners-up will be awarded $2,000 each – to enter your gadget, please visit Design News

All Gadget Freak projects posted to our site between Jan. 1 and Oct. 28, 2014, are eligible, so there is still plenty of time to enter your gadget. If you think your gadget has what it takes to come out on top, be sure to submit your idea. If your gadget is posted on, you will receive $500 for your work and an entry into the Gadget Freak of the Year contest.

Entry for Gadget Freak is Free.

3. Enter your product into the Golden Mousetrap Awards

We are looking for products in the 16 categories below that are exceptional and cutting-edge – ahead of the rest.

Electronics & Test

  • Components, Hardware & Interconnects
  • Embedded Computing/Processing
  • Analog/Power Management/Control
  • Test & Measurement

Automation & Control

  • Controllers
  • Fluid Power Technologies
  • Industrial Network Technologies (e.g., I/O, Ethernet, Wireless)
  • Drives
  • Motors and Mechanical Motion Devices
  • Sensors, Vision Systems, Feedback Devices, & Peripherals

Design Tools: Hardware & Software

  • Analysis & Calculation Software
  • CAD/PDM/PLM Software

Materials & Assembly

  • Engineering Plastics
  • Fastening, Joining & Assembly Components
  • Materials Processing
  • 3D-Printing & Rapid Prototyping Materials, Tools & Services


  • To be eligible for entry in the Golden Mousetraps Awards, all entered products must be commercially available in the United States—able to be ordered or purchased—between Sept. 1, 2013, and Aug. 31, 2014.
  • Because the competition is open to the manufacturing industry worldwide, only products approved for marketing in the United States are eligible.
  • Entries are not accepted from sponsoring companies or from jurors, their companies, or those companies’ subsidiaries, in the year they act as sponsors or jurors. Any product thus disqualified may be entered in a subsequent year.

Fee to enter is $295. Finalists and winners will be chosen by the Design News editorial staff and board of directors.