Sub-Types

Just Send Us Your Best Work

Spark has a very open entry system, for every possible type of design within the disciplines covered. Thus, we have listed a large number listed. Sometimes, a design may fit more than one area and are listed here so a designer feels that their work is appropriate and welcome. But don’t worry about choosing the “best” one when registering. Everything is judged on its merits.

Designs are judged in the context of our Criteria. We can have any number of winners—or none, in any given area. All depends on the quality of the work, and the design sensibility of jury. That’s why we work hard to find tough, fair and collegial judges.

Any engineering innovation or design may be submitted, including designs previously submitted to Spark or other competitions. And if you have something unique, let us know. We’d like to see your work.

When it comes to having strict vertical divisions, we want to keep in mind how interdisciplinary the development teams must be, and therefore focus on the end-use which the team is fulfilling.

That stated, of course there are many options, combinations and possibilities here. So check out the list below of various potential project areas and see how your project might fit in.

Deliverables?
The nature of this award category is to propose designs with innovative technological solutions. You’ll show the judges how you solve a design problem with scientific/engineering principles. There should also be good reasons and background about why solving the problem is significant and suits the Spark Mission.

Some projects are more challenging to build as prototypes and some others as CAD or mathematical models, so this must also be a part of the judges evaluation. For products, it is always important to have good usability and well optimized solutions (number of parts, production costs, quality of used materials, textures etc).

A project is the result of management (marketing or design) defining the goal/product definition and engineering solving the problems needed to achieve those goals. Identifying the innovation contribution by the engineer is part of your entry challenge.

The submission may include posters, images, documents and videos that describe the design problem, solving process and the final outcome. A demo video of actual testing model or validating process of the principles used for problem-solving is highly valued. Actual product or prototype is optional—but always fun for the judges!

Spark Engineering Innovation & Design may include, but is not limited to, the following projects and specialties:
Industrial & Consumer Products
Internet of Things
Transport & Aerospace
Machinery
Electronics
Electrical
Energy
Communications
Operational
Production
Hydraulics/water
Robotics & Automation
Health, Medical & Universal
Materials
Architecture & related systems and processes
Urban Planning