Calling all inventors: James Dyson Award launches with £30,000 prize on offer

Competition open to university students and recent graduates studying design, industrial design and engineering

The James Dyson Award is now open for entries, offering inventors the chance to win up to £30,000 to help towards the development of their designs.

This year’s competition is asking entrants to design something that solves a problem, big or small. It is open to university students and recent graduates studying design, industrial design and engineering.

One national winner from each of the 23 participating countries will win £2,000 each, with two international runners-up receiving £5,000 and the overall international winner getting the grand prize of £30,000 and £5,000 for their university department.

Past winners have helped tackle everything from over-fishing, to transportation of vaccines in the developing world and global food waste.

2016’s UK winner was ISOBAR, a portable vaccine cooling device to ensure temperature-safe vaccine transportation. The company’s solution maintained stable temperature control for up to 30 days.

James Dyson commented: “There is normally a better solution to a problem. Engineers challenge convention and have brilliant ideas; The James Dyson Award looks for remarkable yet simple designs with the potential to have a huge impact on society. Each year I am amazed by the ideas and I look forward to seeing this year’s raft of entries.”

The competition closes on 20 July 2017. You can find out more and enter here.

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