James Dyson Award Competition - amazing prizes up for grabs

The James Dyson Award is an international design engineering competition which rewards socially conscious, innovative students and recent graduates for developing meaningful solutions to real world problems.

Picture of 2019 winner Lucy Hughes in front of a shipping yard. Text: "MarinaTex 2019 international winner, MarinaTex, is a bio-degradable alternative to singleuse plastic made from organic fish waste. “I’m so delighted that MarinaTex has been recognised by the James Dyson Award. The invention is still in its infancy and I never thought it would make it to this stage, so it’s really encouraging to have the potential of the material acknowledged by such a prestigious award."

2019 winner Lucy Hughes, inventor of MarinaTex.

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It is open to current and recent students (in the past four years) of engineering, product design and industrial design.

In an exciting new addition to this year’s competition, the James Dyson Award introduced a second international winner, focused on Sustainability. This could be through its materials, design process, methods of manufacture, or even the solution to the invention itself.

The brief

Design something that solves a problem. This problem may be a frustration that we all face in daily life, or a global issue. The important thing is that the solution is effective and demonstrates considered design thinking.

The prize

  • The International winner receives a prize of $55,000, plus $9,500 for the winner’s university
  • The Sustainability winner receives a prize of $55,000
  • The two International runners-up receive $9,500
  • Each National winner receives $3,500

Why should you enter?

The James Dyson Award is an opportunity for you to take your problem solving skills off the launch pad and into the real world. It also presents you with a chance to receive international media exposure, which has allowed previous winners to develop their prototypes into businesses.

In 2019, the JDA received more than 1,000 entries from 27 countries and regions, solving issues from single-use plastics, wearable devices that monitor asthmatic symptoms to melanoma detection. The international winner was MarinaTex, a home compostable material designed as an alternative to single-use plastic film comprised of waste material form the fishing industry.

Entering the competition

To enter the competition, fill in the online application form on the James Dyson Award website.

Applications close 16 July 2020.

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