James Dyson Award 2020 now open – ‘Wanted: Problem Solvers’

James Dyson Award 2020

The James Dyson Award 2020 has one aim – to find bright minds and fresh ideas to solve problems.

The James Dyson Award 2020 is run by the James Dyson Foundation. It provides the money, materials and mentorship that budding inventors need, so that they can get hands-on with problems, think laterally, and find solutions.

Now forget about the prize money – although that is $55,000 and an added $9500 for your university). Think about this wonderful opportunity to catch Sir James eye and invent something that can be world-changing.

And it is not just the design (yes you have to make a product). It is also about manufacturing and how it solves a problem. Anyone can make a million-dollar mousetrap, but it is useless if no one buys it.

This year the James Dyson will also looking for entries that address a sustainability issue, or have been designed, sourced or manufactured sustainably.

How to enter James Dyson Award 2020

It is open to current or recent graduate university students (in the past four years) of engineering, product design and industrial design. You can enter singly or as part of a team. Registration is here.

If you need inspiration here are some of the 2020 entries.

And here are some of the past winners.

Australian Judges

  • Professor Veena Sahajwall – founder and Director of SMaRT@UNSW, the Centre for Sustainable Materials Research and Technology.
  • Felicity Furey – Felicity is a business leader, entrepreneur and engineer.
  • Ryan Tilley – won the national James Dyson Award in 2019 for Gecko Traxx. It is portable and affordable manual wheelchair accessory that enables off-road access    

If you want to know more about Sir James Dyson read here