Are you a budding inventor? Get your idea off the ground and submit to the James Dyson Award. The James Dyson Award, an annual student design competition run by Dyson’s charity, is now open and accepting submissions from young inventors. After receiving an impressive array of entries in recent years, the Award is increasing its prize money to support the crucial first steps of entrepreneurship. This year’s National winners, to be announced in September, will receive NZD$9,800 towards developing their invention. To date the competition has awarded more than 285 inventions with prize money.
National winners will now receive NZD$9,800, alongside high-profile recognition for their idea. Global winners could win prizes up to NZD$59,000.
Since 2005, the James Dyson Award has challenged entrepreneurial undergraduates and recent graduates of engineering and design, to ‘Design something that solves a problem’. Purposely broad and open-ended, the brief tasks students to take on big global problems. Past winners have found solutions to plastic recycling accessibility, excessive blood loss from knife wounds, and improving at-home medical diagnostics. Sir James Dyson chooses the competition’s global winners; they receive vital funding and high-profile recognition – key first steps to take their ideas into real life practical application.
"For me the importance of the James Dyson Award is to solve a problem intelligently – for young inventors to question things, challenge things," said Sir James Dyson, Founder and Chief Engineer of Dyson. "I truly believe young people want to change the world and in that they should be encouraged. The future is their world. The Award gives them the confidence and a platform to pursue their solutions. In fact, 70 percent of our past international winners are following up and commercialising their inventions. To future entrants, I look forward to reviewing your radical and game-changing ideas. Good luck!"
This year, entries in the New Zealand market will be judged by:
- Dr Yvonne Anderson: Senior Lecturer at the University of Auckland’s Department of Paediatrics
- Emma Lewisham: Founder of Emma Lewisham Skincare
- Gosia Piatek: Founder and creative director of Kowtow
- Maisie Panoho: Designer and National James Dyson Award Winner 2021
In 2022, the Award launches for the first time in Thailand and Turkey. Those that win a National accolade proceed to the International shortlist and awarding stages, where James Dyson selects his global winners.