Applications open for invention by young minds that solves a problem
- For budding inventors, get ideas off the ground – submit to the James Dyson Award
- Global winner prize money up to £30,000 (about INR 30 lakh) and National winners will now receive £5,000 (about INR 5,000,000)
- To visit www.jamesdysonaward.org to find out more and apply
- Hear from founder James Dyson and past winners of the new award start the video
NEW DELHI, April 27, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — The James Dyson Award, an annual student design competition run by charity Dyson, is now open and accepting entries from young inventors. After receiving an impressive array of nominations in recent years, the award is increasing its price to support the crucial first steps of entrepreneurship. This year’s national winners, who will be announced in September, will receive £5,000 (around INR 5 lakh) to develop their invention. To date, the competition has awarded more than 285 inventions with cash prizes.
Since 2005, the James Dyson Prize has challenged undergraduates and recent graduates in engineering and design to “Design something that solves a problem‘. Deliberately broad and open, the dissertation asks students to tackle major global issues. Past winners have found solutions to the accessibility of plastic recycling, excessive blood loss from stab wounds, and improved home medical diagnostics. Sir James Dyson chooses the global winners of the competition; they receive vital funding and high-profile recognition – key first steps in turning their ideas into practice.
Sir James Dyson, Founder and Chief Engineer at Dyson, said: “For me, the importance of the James Dyson Prize is to solve a problem intelligently – for young inventors to question things, to challenge them. I really believe that young people want to change the world and that they should be encouraged. The future is their world. The award gives them confidence and a platform to pursue their solutions. In fact, 70% of our past international winners are pursuing and commercializing their inventions. To future entrants, I look forward to passing on review your radical and revolutionary ideas. Good luckk.“
This year, global awards will be available. But first, each participating country and region will award a national winner (£5,000) and two national runners-up. National winners are chosen by an external jury in collaboration with a Dyson engineer. Those who win a national honor move on to the international selection and award stages, where James Dyson selects the global winners.
What makes a good entry?
The best inventions are often the simplest, offering clear and clever solutions to real-world problems. National winner of last year India been Deval Kariathe inventor of LifeBox. The LifeBox project was developed with a vision to explore drones as a transport channel for organs. Conceptually, several ideas were considered, which led to the development of several prototypes and a new cooling system that allows a significant reduction in weight and power required. The fluid distribution and cooling subsystems were iteratively improved through experimentation.
Deval Kariathe inventor of LifeBox, said:
“India has an abysmal rate of 200 heart transplants per year, despite the staggering number of 50,000 people in need. Institutional factors aside, the inability to move hearts from donor to recipient is a major impediment to closing this gap.”
“The project has its genesis in a course taught by Prof. B. Gurumoorthy, Prof. A. Ghosal at CPDM, with a vision to explore drones for organ transport. However, we soon realized that without active preservation, drones would not do much to improve the rate of heart transplants in India. This led to a shift in focus: a wearable system that can extend the life of the heart outside the body.”
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The James Dyson Foundation
The James Dyson Prize is part of a wider commitment by Sir James Dyson to demonstrate the power of engineers to change the world. The competition has supported more than 285 inventions with cash prizes and is run by the James Dyson Foundation, an engineering education charity funded by Dyson profits.
The Dyson Institute of Engineering and Technology and the work of the Foundation encourages budding engineers and problem solvers to apply their knowledge and discover new ways to improve lives through technology.
To date, the James Dyson Foundation has donated £140million to groundbreaking concepts in education and other charitable causes, including £12m to Imperial College London to establish the Dyson School of Design Engineering, and £8m to Cambridge University to create the Dyson Center for Engineering Design and the James Dyson Building.
At school level, the James Dyson Foundation offers robotics workshops, led by Dyson engineers, and provides free educational resources. These include his most recent launch, Engineering Solutions: Air Pollution: Introducing young people to air pollution and the role of engineering in finding solutions.
They support medical research and the local community in Malmesbury, where Dyson’s UK offices are based. Last summer, the Dyson Cancer Center at the Royal United Hospitals in Bath led the way and the Foundation continues to support Race Against Dementia Dyson Scholar Dr. Claire Durantby accelerating the search for better treatments for Alzheimer’s disease.
The Foundation has a website, Instagram, Twitter and YouTube.
About the contest
Design something that solves a problem. This problem can be a frustration that we all face in daily life, or a global problem. What matters is that the solution is effective and demonstrates thoughtful design thinking.
Entries are first judged nationally by a panel of external judges and a Dyson engineer. Each operating market awards a national winner and two national runners-up. From these winners, a panel of Dyson engineers then select an international shortlist of 20 entries. The top 20 projects are then reviewed by Sir James Dyson who selects the international winners.
- The international winners, chosen by Sir James Dyson, received up to £30,000.
- International finalists receive £5,000.
- Each national winner receives £5,000.
The deadline for applying: 12:30 IST on July 6, 2022
How to enter
Applicants enter via an online application form via the James Dyson Prize website.
Participants must explain what their invention is, how it works and their development process. The best entries solve a real problem, are clearly explained, show iterative development, provide evidence of prototyping, and are accompanied by images and a video.
All judges will take into consideration restrictions on prototyping and product development resulting from the Covid-19 pandemic.
Applicants must be, or have been within the past four years, enrolled for at least one semester in an undergraduate or graduate engineering/design-related course. This course must be taken at a university in a country or region chosen to participate in the James Dyson Prize.
In the case of team registrations, all members must be, or have been within the last four years, enrolled for at least one semester in an undergraduate or graduate program at a university in a country or from a region chosen to take part in the James Dyson Prize. At least one team member must have studied an eligible engineering or design subject. Those participating in a graduate-level apprenticeship at Level 6 or Level 7, and those who have completed said apprenticeship within the past four years, are eligible to participate in the award.
Further FAQs are available on the James Dyson Award website.
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