Genius ideas, recognized.

TIME Best Inventions recognizes products, software, or services that are revolutionizing the world – from a faster running shoe to a groundbreaking surgical robot. Curated by a network of TIME editors, our annual list recognizes inventions big and small from around the globe.

IS YOUR INVENTION REVOLUTIONIZING THE WORLD?

THE BENEFITS OF ENTERING

GUARANTEED CONSIDERATION BY TIME EDITORS

Our editorial team reviews each and every entry.​ By entering, you ensure that the team is aware of your incredible invention and the impact it is making on the world.

Even if your invention is already on our radar, entering is an important way to highlight new features or use cases.

BE SEEN BY THE WORLD

The full TIME Best Inventions list will be published in the fall of 2024, and will be promoted to the entire TIME print and digital readership of 120 million across the globe.​ Placements include:

  • TIME’s print magazine
  • TIME’s website
  • TIME social media accounts, including: X, Instagram, and Facebook
NEW SALES OPPORTUNITIES

The credibility boost and global exposure that come with being named a Best Invention of can yield increased interest from potential customers and investors.

ONGOING COVERAGE OPPORTUNITIES

Companies chosen for the list will become part of a networking group that TIME business editors return to throughout the year for coverage, expertise, and events.

The Categories

TIME Best Inventions evaluates a multitude of sectors, from Consumer Electronics to Education, Sustainability to Robotics. Categories are organized by sector and invention features.

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Industry & Sector

Categories for the sector your invention was created for

Aerospace

Advancements across innovations in space exploration

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Agriculture

Innovations in the way we grow our food

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Automotive

Developing safer, cleaner cars and trucks

Beauty

Developments in cosmetics, skin care, and more

Connectivity & Communication

Upgrading communications and keeping our relationships strong

Consumer Electronics

Technology that improves everyday life

Crypto and Blockchain

Disrupting and decentralizing money—and more

Design

Products with innovative physical designs

Education

Elevating how we learn

Entertainment & Gaming

New Ways to Consume music, movies, TV, games and more

Fashion

Updates to what we wear and how we dress

Finance

Helping us save, manage, and invest our money

Food & Drink

Shaking up how we eat and drink

Green Energy

Innovations in cleaner fuels, better batteries and alternative power

Health & Wellness

Making it easier to live a healthier life—both mentally and physically

Home Health

Inventions used in the home to safeguard and monitor your health

Household

Helping users perform tasks around the home

Logistics

Shipping and supply chain innovations

Manufacturing & Materials

Advancements and new technologies in the way we build products & goods

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Medical Care

Inventions used in doctors' offices and in the hospital that alleviate discomfort, illness and injury (including pharmaceuticals)

Outdoors

Options that make for better, safer outdoor activities

Parenting

Aids for parents as they raise children

Privacy & Security

Keeping private information private

Productivity

Streamlining the way we work

Reuse & Recycle

Reducing overconsumption

Robotics

Building smarter machines

Social Impact

Supporting underprivileged communities

Sports & Fitness

Propelling exercise and the athletic experience forward

Sustainability

Innovations that help the environment

Toys & Play

Inventions that improve how we play

Transportation

Advancements that help people and/or things move from one place to another

Travel

Accessories that aid explorations

Invention Features

Categories that highlight the unique feature or approach of your invention

Accessibility

Improvements for the elderly and people living with disabilities

Apps & Software

Tools that power our digital world

Artificial Intelligence

Breakthroughs in business AI

Experimental

Inventions (including concept inventions) that illustrate what's possible

Immersive Technology

Advancements in AR and VR

Wearable Technology

Innovations in technology designed to be used while worn

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Entry deadlines & fees

Early Deadline

May 22, 2024

($495 per entry)

Final Deadline

June 21, 2024

($695 per entry)

Honoree Announcement

October 2024

Questions? Check out our FAQs, official rules, and privacy policy.

You can also contact our Support team​ at any time.

Past Winners

Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency Lunar Excursion Vehicle 2

S'well Ice Cream Chiller

Nant de Drance Pumped Storage Power Plant

HyperX Cloud Alpha Wireless Headset

So-VITS-SVC

Permobil Explorer Mini

Flo Anonymous Mode

LEGO Braille Bricks

FAQs

Who is eligible to submit a Best Invention?

Any company, organization, agency, or individual involved in creating or marketing an invention that has hit—or will hit—a major milestone between Nov. 1, 2023, and Sept. 30, 2024. Please see our official rules for more details about eligibility.

Is there an application fee?

Yes. The general application fee is $495 through May 17, 2024 (Early Entry); $695 from May 18, 2024 through June 21, 2024 (Final Entry Deadline). An application fee applies to each category entered.

Can I submit my invention to be considered in more than one category?

Yes, you can select additional categories at an incremental cost of $495 during the Early Entry Deadline and $695 through the Final Deadline. Keep in mind that inventions can only be recognized once per year. In the event that your invention receives high marks in multiple categories, TIME’s editors will determine which category is the best fit.

Can I submit more than one invention?

Yes, provided that you complete a separate application for each one.

My invention did not debut in 2024. Can I still apply?

Yes, provided that your invention has hit—or is expected to hit—a major milestone between Nov. 1, 2023, and Sept. 30, 2024. Examples of major milestones include: surpassing a sales goal, winning a major industry accolade, securing an important partnership, unveiling a working prototype, and/or announcing an expansion.

My invention is in the prototype or conceptual phase. Can I still apply?

Yes, provided that your invention can demonstrate proof of concept and is well on its way to becoming reality. If your invention will remain in the prototype or conceptual phase for the foreseeable future, please apply under the Experimental category. If you have other questions about eligibility, please contact Help.TIMEBestinventions@awards-support.com.

My invention has not been publicly announced. Can I still apply?

Yes, provided it will be publicly announced on or before Oct. 15, 2024. If you have specific questions about confidentiality, please contact Help.TIMEBestinventions@awards-support.com.

When will the list be published?

October 2024. Exact timing will be announced at a later date.

Where will the list be published?

The list will appear and be promoted across the following TIME channels, reaching our global audience of 120 Million:

  • TIME’s print magazine
  • TIME’s website
  • X (Formerly known as Twitter)
  • Facebook
  • Instagram

Is the list ranked?

No, the list is not ranked. All 200 inventions are designated TIME’s Best Inventions of 2024. An additional 50 Special Mention inventions will be named, and all 50 will be designated as Special Mentions.

How will my invention be recognized by TIME?

At minimum, if we select your invention to appear on the list, it will receive a short write-up outlining what it does and why it’s groundbreaking. Select Best Inventions may also appear on the cover of TIME.

How could my invention be promoted in connection with the list?

TIME cannot make guarantees about external promotion. However, in the past, TIME’s Best Inventions list has received extensive global media coverage. You and/or your company will also have the option to license TIME’s Best Inventions content and seal for use in your own marketing and promotional materials.

What’s the application deadline?

All applications must be received and fully completed on or before May 17, 2024 at 11:59:59 p.m. P.T. to be eligible for Early Entry pricing and June 21st, 2024 at 11:59:59 p.m. P.T to be eligible ahead of the Final Entry Deadline.

When will I know if my invention has been named to the final list of Best Inventions?

We will notify applicants on a rolling basis in October 2024, prior to the list publication.

I have more questions. Who should I contact?

Please send all inquiries to Help.TIMEBestinventions@awards-support.com.

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