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James Dyson Award

ENTRIES ARE NOW CLOSED

The first round of judging is currently underway. We'll be announcing the National Winners and Runners-up on 5th September.

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What is it?

A HEAD START FOR BUDDING INVENTORS

The James Dyson Award is an international design award that celebrates, encourages and inspires the next generation of design engineers. It's open to current and recent design engineering students, and is run by the James Dyson Foundation, James Dyson’s charitable trust, as part of its mission to get young people excited about design engineering.


Key dates 2018

Mar 27

Entries open

Jul 20

Entries close

Sep 05

National winners and finalists announced

Sep 21

Dyson engineers' shortlist announced

Oct 18

International winner announced

Prizes

WHAT'S AT STAKE?

The James Dyson Award is a chance for budding inventors to make a name for themselves. As well as winning a significant cash prize, they could generate media exposure to kick-start their career, earn the esteem of their peers – and perhaps gain the confidence to launch their own business.

National winner

AU$3,000

International runners up

AU$8,500

International winner

AU$53,000

(and AU$8,500 for their university)

The brief

Design something that solves a problem

The competition is open annually to designers who think differently, to create products that work better.

Engineers who follow an iterative design process. The judges – and James Dyson especially – are drawn to designs that employ clever yet simple engineering principles. If it's a sustainable design, that’s even better.

As well as proving a project’s technical viability, we love entrants to show us that it’s commercially viable, too.

"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."
James Dyson
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