Design Something that Solves a Problem - The James Dyson Design Competition

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

We’re looking for 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 yours is a sustainable design, that’s even better. As well as proving your project’s technical viability, we'd also love to see that it’s commercially viable, too – so include any research you've done into manufacturing

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

Open to current undergrad and grad level university students of engineering, product design and industrial design – and those who have graduated in these subjects in the last four years.

  • $2,500 prize for the national winner
  • $35,000 prize for an international winner, along with a donation of $6,000 to the university
  • $35,000 prize for the sustainability award winner
  • $6.000 prize for international runners up

The deadline to apply is July 16, 2020.  You can learn more and apply online at James Dyson Award.

Engineering majors:

All Engineering Majors

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Application deadline:

Thursday, July 16, 2020