Terms & Conditions

GENERAL

      • This competition is organised and administered by the James Dyson Foundation (“JDF”).
      • The competition will be known as the “JDA” from herein.
      • By entering the JDA, all entrants agree to the terms and conditions of entry in full.
      • Entry is prohibited by employees of Dyson, the JDF and agencies working on behalf of Dyson or the JDF.
      • The JDF reserves the right, in its sole discretion, to cancel or suspend the JDA should causes beyond its control corrupt the administration, security or proper participation in the JDA.
      • The JDF assumes no responsibility for postal, technical or natural conditions that prevent the reception and judging of JDA submissions.
      • The JDA and its terms and conditions will in all respects be governed by English law.
      • The JDF reserves the right to amend these terms and conditions at any time without notice.

ELIGIBILITY

  • Entrants must be, or have been within the last four years, undergraduate / bachelor or postgraduate engineering or design students for at least one semester at an institution in a country chosen to participate in the JDA and are required to provide evidence as requested by the JDF.
  • In case of team entries, at least one team member must fulfil the above eligibility criteria for the team to be able to participate in the James Dyson Award. All other team members must be currently university level students or have graduated within the last 4 years at an institution in a country chosen to participate in the JDA, but may be (or have been) students of other disciplines. They will also be required to provide evidence proving their student or alumni status.

ENTRY SUBMISSION

  • Entry to the JDA will take the form of a project profile uploaded to the JDA website, currently located at www.jamesdysonaward.org, which should include sketches and images of models and prototypes demonstrating the research and development process (including testing and design for manufacture). Each submission should include:
    • Project name: The name that will appear on all communication and media coverage concerning the project.
    • Succinct description of the project, outlining its principal purpose and function. It should describe the problem solved and how it does this. Two versions should be submitted, firstly in the entrant’s mother tongue, and secondly in English. This description should be no longer than 200 words.
    • Explanation of the inspiration behind the project, along with the entrants personal motivation (in mother tongue and in English).
    • Explanation of the development process that the designer took to develop the project (in mother tongue and in English).
    • Explanation of the project’s novelty, including an explanation of how it is different to other projects already on the market (in mother tongue and in English).
    • Explanation of future plans for the invention, including further design development (in mother tongue and in English).
    • Selected low resolution images to include:
      • Sketches
      • Plans
      • 3D models or prototypes (optional)
      • Photo-realistic 3D CAD renderings (optional)
    • One high res (300dpi) image on a white background (this will be used in publicity material if the project is short listed and will be requested from the participant at that time).
    • A video of the concept or prototype in action is highly desirable (to be uploaded to YouTube and embedded in JDA website).
  • The existence of a working prototype and video report, where viable, is not a compulsory requirement of entry but will add value to a submission.
  • All individual entrants and  at least one team member (in case of team entries) will be required to upload official documentation to prove that they studied (and have graduated within the last 4 years), or are studying, an engineering, product design or industrial design subject at a university within a JDA participating country. In case of team entries, all other team members will be required to provide evidence proving their student or alumni status. Word, PDF and JPEG file will be accepted. For example the following would be accepted:
    • A copy of a signed letter from the entrant’s tutor or lecturer stating they attend a particular course within a particular university.
    • The entrant’s degree certificate.
    • A letter from the University to the entrant confirming their place and degree title.
  • Entrants may submit as many projects as they like. Each project will form a separate entry and must be accompanied by the full supporting information.
  • The JDF will not accept into the JDA entries which include profanity, pornography, indecent images or references. The JDF reserves the right to disallow any entries it regards to contain inappropriate or incomplete content.
  • By entering the JDA, the entrant understands that the project submission (descriptions, images and videos) will be made publicly available and will be able to be shared by members of the general public across any and all media channels including the Internet.
  • All entrants’ contact details should be restricted to the registration process and contact details section of the entry which will not be made publicly available – and not included in the project submission itself. Dyson is not responsible for any entrants’ failure to follow this request.
  • The JDF cannot receive entries in confidence.
  • All projects should be available to the organizers for exhibition purposes, including 3-D models.
  • The JDF will cover the cost of transporting required projects to and from desired locations and therefore insure items against loss and damage. All items will be returned to the owner once any publicity and promotional activity surrounding the JDA and future awards has finished.

JUDGING PROCESS

  • The website will open for entries from 18th February 2016 and close on 19th July 2016 at 11.59 EST. The JDF is not responsible for and will not accept projects received after this time.
  • The general public in participating countries will be able to browse the projects in their region. Members of the general public may share project submissions across any and all media channels including the Internet.
  • Between 25th July and 29th July 2016 a panel of local judges in each region will select the top ten projects from each country or territory chosen to participate in the JDA. The judges will be academics or professionals with design acumen and this process will be administered by a Dyson representative working on behalf of the JDF. Projects will be judged purely on their merits and quality; contact details of entrants will not be available to judges unless entrants neglected to remove any contact details from the project submission itself. Up to 110 projects will be selected by local judging panels (up to 5 from each region). This shortlist of up to 110 projects will go through to a second round. Each panel of local judges will also select one “national winner” from each country chosen to participate in the JDA.
  • During the second round, the shortlist of projects selected by the panel of local judges will be further scrutinised by an industry panel comprising experienced Dyson design engineers who will reduce it to a second shortlist of the best 20. These 20 will be selected purely on the merits of how well they respond to the brief – there will not necessarily be one entry selected from each country.
  • James Dyson will select the international JDA winner as well as up to two international JDA runners-up from the shortlist of 20 projects.
  • The international JDA winner will be announced in October 2016.
  • The international JDA winner (or team) will receive:
    • $45,000 to the student or student team
    • $7,500 to the university department where the winner studies or previously studied. Prizes will be converted into the winner’s local currency at the current exchange rate at the time of announcing the winner.
    • The James Dyson Award Certificate.
  • Up to two international JDA runners-up will receive:
    • $7,500 each to the student or student team. The prizes will be converted into the winner’s local currency at the current exchange rate at the time of announcing the winner.
    • The James Dyson Award Certificate.
  • The national winner from each participating country will receive:
    • $3,500 each to the student or student team. The prizes will be converted into the winner’s local currency at the current exchange rate at the time of announcing the winner.
    • The James Dyson Award Certificate.
  • Up to four national finalists (depending on the amount of entries selected) from each participating country will receive:
    • The James Dyson Award Certificate.
  • In the event that the winner, or the winner’s university department, refuses the prize, the JDF will decide how the prize money will be distributed (if at all) and neither the winner nor the winner’s university department will have any rights in respect of the prize money or its distribution.
  • If the winning project is entered by a team, the team will receive the same prize and can distribute it amongst team members at their own discretion.
  • All entrants accept the judges’ decisions as final and binding, and no further correspondence or discussion will be entered into.
  • The local administrator of the competition (working on behalf of the JDF) will help to administer the judging process; however they will not be involved in making any judgements about projects throughout any selection process.
  • Projects will remain anonymous to judges throughout the course of the JDA.
  • The prize money will be given to the university stated by the entrant in the application form.

INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY

  • The JDA organisers are not responsible for obtaining or verifying any intellectual property rights relating to the project that has been entered. It is the responsibility of the entrant to secure protection for a project which is being entered before submission. Proof of any patents, design applications or registrations, trademark applications or registrations, other rights, permissions or applications should be referred to in the entry.
  • The entrant must confirm that he/she is the legal owner of all intellectual property (and moral rights) in relation to the entry and, if not, that he/she has obtained all necessary permissions and licenses from relevant third parties. The project must be original and not in breach of a third party’s intellectual property rights. If an entrant is unable to confirm that he/she is the legal owner of all intellectual property (and moral rights) in relation to the entry or that he/she has obtained all necessary permissions and licenses from relevant third parties to the JDF’s satisfaction, JDF reserves the right to disqualify the entry.
  • At all times, the intellectual property in relation to the project will remain the entrant’s. The JDF or Dyson will not take ownership of intellectual property.

LIABILITY

  • The entrants agree to indemnify all parties involved in the award including the JDF, the promoters, the judging panel, its agents and its employees against any third party claims that could arise from submission of the product to the competition.
  • As a condition of entering this contest, the entrant agrees that:
    • Under no circumstances will the entrant be permitted to obtain awards for any losses or damages, and you hereby waive all rights to claim punitive, incidental and consequential damages and any other damages, other than for actual out-of-pocket expenses, and waive any and all rights to have damages multiplied or otherwise increased.
    • Any and all disputes, claims and causes of action arising out of or connected with this contest, or any prizes awarded, shall be resolved individually, without resort to any form of class action.
    • Any and all claims, judgments and awards shall be limited to actual out-of-pocket costs incurred, including costs associated with entering this contest, but in no event attorneys’ fees.
    • Any tax liability incurred on the receipt of prize money is the direct responsibility of the entrant and in no event the responsibility of the JDA
  • The JDF in no way excludes its liability for death or personal injury arising from its negligence.

PERSONAL DATA

  • By entering the JDA, entrants expressly authorise the JDF to use personal data collected during the registration process for the purposes of administering the JDA, notwithstanding their rights to access or amend that may be exercised by the entrants by the means of an e-mail or letter addressed to the JDF.
  • The JDF will use the personal data the entrant submitted to administer the JDA and local administrators working on behalf of the JDF have access to personal details for the purposes of informing the entrant of any progression throughout the JDA or publicity opportunities. We will not pass on the entrant’s details to third parties.

PUBLICITY AND PROMOTION

  • The winners, runners-up and finalists of the JDA agree to take part in any publicity and promotional activity surrounding the JDA and future JDA. As part of an ambassador role, the winner may be required to partake in some activities recommended by the organisers. These may take place in any of the countries participating in the JDA.
  • Any entrant to the award may be asked to take part in publicity and promotional activities for the JDA. By entering the award, the entrant is accepting that your story, project details, images and footage can be used for publicity purposes. The entrant may be invited to personally partake in publicity opportunities such as interviews put forward to the entrant by the JDF. Each opportunity will be taken on merit and the entrant will have the right to decline any opportunity which they do not wish to be personally involved with.