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 2021
National winners and finalists announced
Dyson engineers' shortlist announced
International winner and sustainability winner announced
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.
International runners up
(and NZ$9,200 for their university)
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 and address clear problems.
As well as proving a project’s technical viability, we love entrants to show us that it’s commercially viable, too.
This year the James Dyson will also looking for entries that address a sustainability issue, or have been designed, sourced or manufactured sustainably.
"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."