The IEEE may give you a nice medal and certificate if you and/or a group of friends come up with a nice idea that contributes to the field of robotics. The IEEE is a non-profit organization that consists of the world's leading professionals that want the advancement of technology. This award was established in 2002 (same year that iRobot's Roomba debuted) and has been given out each year since. Here is a bit more detail if anyone is interested in getting this nice award and recognition:
The award is presented for contributions in the field of robotics and automation. It can be presented to an individual or team of up to three in number.
It includes but is not limited to: Manufacturing automation, Robotics and Automation in Unstructured Environments, Sensor Design, Integration and Fusion, Robot Design, Modeling, Planning and Control, Methodologies for Robotics and Automation.
This award is administered by the Technical Field Awards Council of the IEEE Awards Board.
In the evaluation process, the following criteria are considered: manufacturing automation, robotics and automation in unstructured environments, sensor design, integration and fusion, robot design, modeling, planning and control, methodologies for robotics and automation, and the quality of the nomination.
The Award consists of a bronze medal, certificate and honorarium.
So what are you waiting for?!