If real-life hurdles of money, marketing, and regulations did not limit you, what kind of medical electronics device would you build? What disease would it treat or even cure?
The editors of MD+DI, sister publication to EE Times, invite you to participate in their Dare-to-Dream Medtech Design Challenge to answer those questions.
The winning medical device will earn its designer a $500 check. Two runners up will get $100 each. While the prizes are not enough to kick-start the company you may want to build, it's a great ego boost and will pay for the morning coffee that fuels your work.
You don't have to build a prototype. We just want a sketch of your design, 150 words or less about how it works, and another 150 words or less on what medtech problem it solves.
All submissions must be technically viable. If your device requires time travel or magical transformation, your entry will not be judged. The deadline to enter is September 10, 2013. The complete rules are online here.
MD+DI editors will judge entries on four equally weighted criteria: creativity, design and appearance, technological plausibility, and potential impact on healthcare. The 10 highest scoring submissions will be posted in a slideshow on mddionline.com on September 17.
Readers will be asked to vote for their favorite entries from the slideshow. Their votes will be added to the editors' scores to select a first-prize winner and two runner-ups. Winners will be announced through a blog post on mddionline.com on October 1. Winners will also be interviewed for stories that will be posted online and published in the November issue of MD+DI.
Don't forget to tweet your submissions using the hashtag #Dare2DreamMDDI. Good luck and may the best ideas win!