Check out the NASA Future Design Contest sponsored by SolidWorks. It is open to students and the general public, FIRST and Vex forum members. Top prize is $20,000 with other prizes including (6) HP xw4600 Workstations (or similar hardware configuration*). My entry is titled “TELE-OPERATED HOUSE PAINTER TOOL”, which I plan to build using Vex and Vexplorer components.
i was looking through last year’s winning designs, and the one that stood out to me was the IRIS engine concept. (http://www.irisengine.com/401.html)
i dont quite understand how this could work, but it seemed to be very fuel efficient. as to how the grand prize winner’s invention works, i have no clue. it looked like it would give off radiation, since it didnt require any input of power.
at first i thought that i could enter this challenge, but after looking through the entries, i see what kind of innovation is expected, and im out of my league.