The James Dyson Award has been around since 2004 and aims to reward the ingenuity and creativity of students University level in industrial design, product design or engineering residing in the 28 participating countries.
This year, James Dyson’s charity, the James Dyson Foundation, has decided to once again organize this international competition which will aim to ” solve a problem with an innovative solution ».
What is the James Dyson Award?
James Dyson said that “ young people have the power to change the world through engineering. The James Dyson Award recognizes those who have the courage to persevere in developing their ideas “. Based on this unwavering belief, the James Dyson Award invites young engineers and designers around the world to come up with a product or concept that solves a problem.
Jury members and James Dyson himself will review participants’ projects and select those that stand out by showing simple and clever engineering principles. This year 2021, the competition particularly wishes to respond to the issue of sustainable development. Thus, the participants will have to integrate this parameter in the products they will offer either, at the level of the components of their product, or at the level of the manufacturing process.
Why participate in the James Dyson Award 2021?
Registrations for the James Dyson Award 2021 started on Wednesday March 17, 2021 and will end on Wednesday June 30, 2021. There are many reasons for participating. Indeed, the young engineers and designers who will know how to seduce the juries with their product or their concept will gradually be designated national winners, international finalists, laureate of sustainable development and international laureate.
At each level there is a reward ranging from 2,200 euros for the national winners, 5,500 euros for the international finalists, 33,000 euros for the sustainable development winner and 33,000 euros also for the international winner with a gain of 5,500 euros for his university department.
In other words, this competition is the perfect opportunity for inventors to make themselves known to the world and also to make their creation and creativity known. In addition to winning these substantial prizes, the winner of the competition will be able to obtain media coverage in the launch of his career and will also have everything the support you need to start your own business if it has not yet been done.
It should also be noted that the competition added the dimension of Sustainable Development with the possibility, for the international winner, of winning the two prizes as International Laureate and Laureate of Sustainable Development and, thus, get a reward of 66,000 euros !
Who can participate in this competition?
The competition is open to students in product design, industrial design and engineering as well as graduates who have completed four years of university studies in these fields. It is possible to participate in the competition as a group. However, one of the members must imperatively justify four years of training in one of the aforementioned fields and must register as a “Team Leader” at the time of application. The other members of the group must be either students or graduates who have studied one of the courses for less than 4 years.
Whether participants decide to register individually or as a team, they will be asked to justify their student or recent graduate status. Note also that participants must have completed their study in one of the following countries: Germany, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, China, South Korea, United Arab Emirates , Spain, the United States, France, Hong Kong, India, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, the Netherlands, the Philippines, Poland, UK, Russia, Singapore, Sweden, Switzerland and Taiwan.
How to participate to the contest ?
If you are interested in the competition and want to participate, all you have to do is register and upload proof that you are a student or a recent graduate who has studied one of the aforementioned fields. Once you have registered, you will have to complete an online questionnaire where you will have to present your project with images and, if necessary, supporting videos.
Note that the James Dyson Award site warns that “ your dossier will be published on the James Dyson Award website, and your story, project details, images and video recording may be used for advertising purposes “. Note that the application must be in English with the possibility of presenting a copy in another language.
How will the different stages of the competition unfold?
After the closing of applications to be made on Wednesday, June 30, 2021, the next dates to remember are Wednesdays August 25, October 13 and November 17, 2021. In fact, the announcement of the National Winners and finalists will be made on August 25, the selection of Dyson Engineers will be held on October 13 and the winner International and Sustainable Development will be announced on November 17th.
As for the jury’s evaluation, as a first step, local design and engineering professionals will select five candidates from each country and region and nominate one of them as National Laureate who will be awarded a prize in silver.
In a second step, the engineers of Dyson will in turn examine the files selected by the national judges to retain only 20. And, finally, James Dyson in person to choose from the 20 final files, what are the projects he prefers. The founder of the Dyson company will also be the one who chooses the two finalists of the competition as well as the international winner of the James Dyson Award and the international winner of Sustainable Development.
In any case, the James Dyson Award team wishes to reassure the candidates that they will keep their intellectual property rights on their concept or product whether or not they are chosen to be winners.