Categories, Eligibility, & Entry


Now Accepting Entries! Enter Today!

The Golden Mousetrap Awards celebrate the people, companies, and technologies that are driving progress in today’s U.S. design and manufacturing industries. Think you deserve an award? What are you waiting for? There are 3 opportunities for you to get recognized for your significant contributions. Nominate your company, or a company that you think deserves an award, today.

Deadline to Enter Extended:  November 7, 2014. Enter today!

All entry materials and entry fees MUST be received by UBM Canon no later than 5:00 pm (PST) on Friday, November 7, 2014.

1. Nominate a Rising Engineering Star

Design News, in partnership with Mouser Electronics, is still searching high and low for the next Rising Engineering Star. Do you know someone who is ahead of the trends and making big strides in the field of design engineering? Don’t let their tremendous engineering feats get hidden away in the lab. It’s FREE to enter so you have nothing to lose and everything to gain. Nominate them, or yourself, today!

  • 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.
  • The deadline to enter has been extended to November 7, 2014.

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

In case you haven't heard, this contest got a little sweeter this year. Design News, in partnership with Allied Electronics, will be recognizing the top three gadgeteers. Two runners-up will be awarded $2,000 each, and our Gadget Freak of the Year winner will take home a cool $6,000. Get your Gadget Freak on! 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. 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. Entry for Gadget Freak closed on October 28, 2014,

3. Enter your product into the Golden Mousetrap Awards

The awards recognize innovation in the development of new products in any of 16 subcategories within the fields of Automation & Control; Design Tools Hardware & Software; Electronics & Test; and Materials & Assembly. We’re searching for exceptional cutting-edge products that are ahead of the rest. If your company has developed an exciting new technology that is worthy of winning top honors, then we want to know about it and we want to help you spread the word. Let’s Do This! Enter Today! The deadline to enter has been extended to November 7, 2014.

Electronics & Test

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

Automation & Control

  • Controllers
  • Drives
  • Fluid Power Technologies
  • Industrial Network Technologies (e.g., I/O, Ethernet, Wireless)
  • 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 September 1, 2013, and October 1, 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.

The deadline to enter has been extended to November 7, 2014.