Categories & Eligibility

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. For full details on the submission process, including descriptions and benefits for entering, please click on the Categories & Entry section above. Submissions will be accepted starting July 28, 2014.

Deadline: October 23, 2014. Enter today!

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.

Product 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

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

Gadget Freak

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. 23, 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.