Design something that solves a problem & win!

Design something that solves a problem & win!


Do you have a fresh design idea you want to share with the world? Enter in the James Dyson Award and you could win!

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. The brief is simple, all you have to do is design something that solves a problem and you could win $49,000* in prize money!

The Award is run by the James Dyson Foundation, a registered charity set up in 2002 to inspire and support the next generation of engineers.

The Brief

Design something that solves a problem. They’re looking for designers who think differently to create products that work better. They want 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.

Who can enter?

The competition is open to product design, industrial design, and engineering university students – or graduates within the past 4 years – who have studied in Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, China, France, Germany, Hong Kong, India, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Russia, Singapore, Spain, Switzerland, Taiwan, UK or US.

Teams are also encouraged to enter, provided at least one team member studies (or has studied within the last four years) product design, industrial design, or engineering at university.

What do you win?

International prizes:

The creator of the best invention internationally is awarded approximately AUD$49,000* in prize money, and their university will also receive approximately AUD$8,000**.

Up to two International Runners-up will win:

  • Approximately AUD$8,000**
  • Certificate

National prizes:

  • Approximately AUD$3,250*** is awarded to the winning project from each participating country.
  • Certificate

Submit your idea and get more details here. Entries close Thursday 20 July.

Hear from the 2016 James Dyson Award winner:

*Equivalent to £30,000 at time of payment, **Equivalent to £5,000 at time of payment, ***Equivalent to £2,000 at time of payment.

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