Applications Open for James Dyson Award

The James Dyson Award is an international design competition which aims to encourage and inspire the next generation of design engineers. The award is run by the James Dyson Foundation, James Dyson’s charitable trust, as part of its drive to engage young people in design engineering.

The award challenges entrants to design something that solves a problem. Products should:

Have a significant and practical purpose.

Be commercially viable.

Be designed with sustainability in mind.

The brief is broad to encourage designers to research and solve real world issues. Examples of previous problems include unsustainable fishing, unnecessary food waste, non-ergonomic prosthetics and melanoma detection.

Applications are invited from current university students of engineering, product design and industrial design, and those who have graduated in these subjects in the last four years.

Teams are also eligible to apply provided the team leader has studied one of the qualifying subjects, and all team members must be (or have been within the last four years) enrolled for at least one semester in an undergraduate or graduate programme.

All entrants must have undertaken their studies in one of the following countries: Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, China, France, Germany, Hong Kong, India, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, the Netherlands, New Zealand, the Philippines, Russia, Singapore, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, the United Arab Emirates, the UK and the US.

Awards are made as follows:

For the international winner, £30,000 goes to the student or student team and £5,000 to their university department.

International runners-up receive £5,000.

National winners receive £2,000.

Applications should be submitted by the closing date of 11 July 2019.

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