It wasn’t enough to take out the total international prize, however, which was given to a student in the UK who built a portable incubator called “MOM” (pictured above with James Dyson), that wasn’t just inexpensive to produce at $500 AUD, but was also inflatable, making it easy to take out and setup in times of crisis.

“Entering the James Dyson Award put MOM in the international spotlight,” said the inventor, James Roberts. “The public response and support was incredible, creating huge momentum towards commercialisation. I’m now further developing MOM, and hope to have it in production soon.”

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Around the world, only 20 countries enter the Dyson Award, with Australia being among them. Hong Kong and Taiwan have been added this year, however, so there should be more competition.

Australians have until July 2 to get their entries in, however, with the winner set to be announced in November.