Mouser and Grant Imahara drive innovation with "Back to the Future"-inspired contest



Back to the Future Day contest

Mouser Electronics, an authorized distributor with the latest semiconductors and electronic components, is teaming up with celebrity engineer Grant Imahara to announce a new social media contest to support the upcoming Back to the Future Day on October 21, 2015. Mouser is asking the engineering community to either like or comment on Back to the Future Day Facebook posts for a chance to win an Innovation Kit as part of the Back to the Future Day contest.


October 21 marks the official day that Doc Brown’s DeLorean time machine in Back to the Future II traveled from 1985 to 2015 – a time that was characterized with highly-advanced technologies, including hovering skateboards and flying cars. The Mouser contest began on October 14 and ends on October 21, 2015 – the same day Doc and Marty go “back to the future”.


The social media contest is part of the award-winning Empowering Innovation Together program designed to inspire creative thinking for both professional and aspiring engineers available only on The most recent innovation topic features Driverless Cars and ties in Back to the Future with a new video featuring Grant and driverless technology engineer Paul Godsmark from CAVCOE (Canadian Automated Vehicles Centre of Excellence). Join the duo as they tour Los Angeles, the entertainment capital of the world, in a time machine replica from the Back to the Future movie to explore the future of driverless cars. The series will include accompanying articles, blogs, and other technically-related content.


To enter the contest, simply go to Mouser’s Facebook page at and either like or comment on Mouser’s Back to the Future Day posts for a chance to win a prize. Two winners will be selected and each recipient will receive a special Innovation Kit to encourage new inventors to keep moving technology forward and empowering innovation. When replying to a post, be sure to include #BTTFDay in your response in order to qualify.


“Just like in Back to the Future II, where Marty McFly and Doc Brown find themselves in a time period with highly advanced technology, our new Driverless Cars series explores some of Mouser’s NEWEST PRODUCTS from some of the most innovative companies of our time,” said Grant Imahara. “Having existing technologies available today, engineers can also invent future products just like Doc Brown did. The program is all about keeping innovative thinking moving in the right direction.”


The Driverless Car Series, sponsored by Platinum Program Partner ON Semiconductor, and Diamond Sponsors Freescale Semiconductor, AVX and Delphi, is the fourth installment and follow-up to the popular Robotics, Space and Home and Factory Automation programs, which were launched earlier this year from Mouser.


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