Design something that solves a problem – James Dyson Award

Published on June 29, 2017


The James Dyson Award is an international design award that celebrates, encourages and inspires the next generation of design engineers. The Award is open to current and recent design engineering students. 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.

The award celebrates ingenuity, creativity and sustainable engineering. Entrants are encouraged to do more with less, designing with the environment in mind – using fewer raw materials, consuming less energy and creating a technology that will perform better and last for longer.

Design something that solves a problem. The brief is broad. They’re looking for designers who think differently to create products that work better. Engineers who follow an iterative design process. Rough and ready prototypes. Products that have a significant and practical purpose, are commercially viable, and are designed with sustainability in mind.

Young people have the power to change the world through engineering. Each year the James Dyson Award sees truly remarkable solutions to real-life problems all approached from different angles,” James Dyson said. “No problem is too big and the simplest solutions are the best – use the award as a stepping stone to take your invention towards commercialization.”

The James Dyson Award runs in 20 countries. The contest is open to university level students (and recent graduates) studying product design, industrial design and engineering.

James Dyson Award


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