ARE you secret Einstein, covertly nurturing an amazing invention?
Whether you've designed an earth-shattering contraption that will save lives or a simple device that will enhance productivity, the City of Greater Bendigo wants to know about it.
Entries to the fifth Bendigo Inventor Awards open on Tuesday, providing all nutty professors a chance turn their idea into reality.
The top awards are the Inventor of Year and Innovator of the Year, both of which come with prizes of $10,000 in cash.
There's also a $5000 People's Choice award and six $2500 encouragement awards.
Inventions are judged on their originality and how they will promote job creation in the Bendigo region.
Past winners have included Max Kettle, whose bicycle laser assignment tool resulted in him being crowned last year's Inventor of the Year and Tristan Brega, whose breathing device for skiers won him the 2013 Health & Education prize.
City of Greater Bendigo Mayor Barry Lyons, who is on the judging panel, said the competition was open to "Anybody with a great idea".
"Every year we have great inventions and a great variety," he said.
"There are a lot of great inventions that are really simple.
"Bendigo has been an inventor's paradise for years."
City of Greater Bendigo Business Innovation Officer Dawn Holland said she was expecting the competition to attract entrances from far and wide, including overseas.
People can enter by going to www.bendigo.vic.gov.au/inventor and following the prompts.
Applications close on August 26 and prizes will be awarded in November.