James Dyson Award
Deadline for submissions: 20 July 2018
James Dyson describes the target audience of his competition as follows: “Young design engineers have the ability to develop tangible technologies that can change lives. The James Dyson Award rewards those who have the persistence and tenacity to develop their ideas.”
Every year, the James Dyson Award looks for particularly innovative, clever, and promising product ideas presenting solutions to concrete problems. The prize is awarded by the James Dyson Foundation and aims to inspire young developers to design engineering concepts. As a young talent competition, it is aimed at students or graduates in the fields of product design, industrial design, and engineering design who completed their degree no more than four years ago. Teams can also apply, as long as at least one member meets these requirements.
The jury focuses on solutions that use clever and simple technical principles as well as on the commercial viability of the product. It is important that submissions are specific about the special features of the project while also clearly communicating and visualising the process of development from the original idea to the final design. The design can be presented as a first prototype or as an already marketable product. The prize money is 2,000 pounds for national winners and 5,000 pounds for international runners-up. Out of the nominated projects, another 20 will be selected to be tested for commercial viability by Dyson engineers: “Is your product something that people will want, and you can manufacture at a reasonable price?” The final international winner (whether individual or team) will receive 30,000 pounds, with another 5,000 pounds for their university department.