Best Inventions from past years have included everything from a faster running shoe and plant-based pork to smarter electric cars and groundbreaking robots (see our full list of categories below). To be considered, your invention must have achieved—or be expected to achieve—at least one major milestone between November 2022 and September 2023. These could include debuting as a product, surpassing a sales goal, winning a major industry accolade, securing an important partnership, or unveiling a working prototype, among other accomplishments. We're expanding our categories this year in response to the rapidly-changing progress in fields such as artificial intelligence, sustainability and more.
The Selection Process
Entries are considered by TIME’s editors and evaluated on a number of criteria. The final, unranked list will include inventions sourced from applications as well as from TIME’s independent reporting. All told, TIME will recognize 200 inventions.
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, 2022, and Sept. 30, 2023. Please see our official rules for more details about eligibility.
Yes. The general application fee is $495 through June 9, 2023 (early bird price); $695 from June 10 through July 7, 2023 (standard price); and $895 from July 8 through July 21, 2023 (late price). Each application allows you to submit your invention to be considered in one category.
Yes, you can select up to five (5) additional categories at an incremental cost of $125 per category. 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.
Yes, provided that you complete a separate application for each one.
Yes, provided that your invention has hit—or is expected to hit—a major milestone between Nov. 1, 2022, and Sept. 30, 2023. 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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Fall 2023. Exact timing will be announced at a later date.
The list will be published in TIME’s print magazine and on TIME’s website (combined global audience of 100 million). It will also be promoted across TIME’s social channels, including on Twitter (19.4 million followers), Facebook (13 million fans) and Instagram (12.2 million followers).
No, the list is not ranked. All 200 inventions are designated TIME’s Best Inventions of 2023.
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.
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.
All applications must be received on or before July 28, 2023 at 11:59:59 p.m. P.T.
We will notify applicants on a rolling basis beginning on or around October 1, 2023.