James Dyson Award

The James Dyson Award is an international student design award that challenges young people to, "design something that solves a problem". The contest is open to university level students (or recent graduates) in the fields of product design, industrial design and engineering.[1] The award is run by the James Dyson Foundation, James Dyson’s charitable trust, as part of its mission to get young people excited about design engineering.

To qualify students must have studied in: Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, China, France, Germany, Ireland, India, Italy, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, Netherlands, New Zealand, Russia, Singapore, Spain, Switzerland, Taiwan, United Kingdom or the United States.[1]

One national winner and four finalists are chosen from each country. James Dyson selects an international winner for the overall prize.


International winners
  • 2007 Maxi Pantel (Germany) for the Senjo, an electronic device for the deaf to communicate with the hearing.[2][3]
  • 2008 Michael Chen (England) for the Reactiv, a motion-activated LED safety jacket for cycling.[4]
  • 2009 Yusuf Muhammad and Paul Thomas (England) for Automist, a kitchen-faucet sprinkler system that controls residential fires.[5][6][7]
  • 2010 Samuel Adeloju (Australia) for Longreach, water floating device for saving victims in water.[8][9][10]
  • 2011 Edward Linacre (Australia) for Airdrop, extracts water from the air and delivers it directly to plant roots through a network of subterranean piping.[11][12][13][14][15][16]
  • 2012 Dan Watson (England) for SafetyNet, a new commercial fishing net to allow smaller and unwanted fish to escape.[17][18][19]
  • 2013 University of Pennsylvania team (United States) for Titan Arm, a bionic arm. The arm was developed for the Cornell Cup USA 2013 competition where they won first place. Award: $45,000 + $16,000 to the University.[20][21][22]
  • 2014 James Roberts (Loughborough University, England) for MOM, a portable inflatable incubator. Award: $45,000 + $5,000 to the University.[23][24]
  • 2015 University of Waterloo team (Canada) for the Voltera V-One, a laptop-sized printed circuit board printer. Award: $45,000 + $7,500 to the University[25]
  • 2016 Isis Shiffer (Pratt Institute, United States) for the EcoHelmet, a paper bicycle helmet.[26] Award: $45,000[27]
  • 2017 McMaster University team


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  6. Helen Walters (September 9, 2009). "And the James Dyson Award goes to... Automist, from RCA London graduates". BusinessWeek. Archived from the original on November 30, 2012. Retrieved November 8, 2012.
  7. Richard Tyler (May 10, 2012). "Sir James Dyson backs kitchen taps to save lives and launches 2010 competition". The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved November 8, 2012.
  8. Charlie Sorrel (October 5, 2010). "'Longreach' Lifebuoy-Firing Bazooka Wins James Dyson Award". Wired magazine. Retrieved November 8, 2012.
  9. James Hurley (October 5, 2010). ""Buoyancy bazooka" wins James Dyson award". The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved November 8, 2012.
  10. Chris Shiny (October 5, 2010). "Longreach's livesaving buoyancy aid wins James Dyson innovation award". Tech Digest. Retrieved November 8, 2012.
  11. Clay Dillow (November 8, 2011). "Airdrop, Which Harvests Moisture Directly From Desert Air, Wins James Dyson Award". Popular Science. Retrieved November 8, 2012.
  12. My Green Australia (November 16, 2011). "Aussie wins the James Dyson Award with AIRDROP". International Business Times. Retrieved November 8, 2012.
  13. Daily Mail Reporter (November 8, 2011). "Australian designer wins £10,000 James Dyson award by pulling water out of thin air". Daily Mail. Retrieved November 8, 2012.
  14. James Hurley (July 27, 2012). "Dyson's pick of inventors take on the world". The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved November 8, 2012.
  15. Ian Tucker (November 19, 2011). "Edward Linacre: it's possible to get water from thin air". The Guardian. Retrieved November 8, 2012.
  16. Katie Scott (November 8, 2011). "Airdrop water harvester wins 2011 James Dyson Award". Wired magazine. Retrieved November 8, 2012.
  17. Rebecca Smithers (November 8, 2012). "'Humane' fishing net wins Dyson award". The Guardian. Retrieved November 8, 2012.
  18. Bob Yirka (August 31, 2012). "High-Tech fishing net finalist for Dyson Award". Phys.org. Retrieved November 8, 2012.
  19. Liat Clark (August 30, 2012). "Fish-saving SafetyNet design wins the UK James Dyson award". Wired magazine. Archived from the original on October 2, 2012. Retrieved November 8, 2012.
  20. "Titan Arm website". Retrieved November 8, 2013.
  21. Devin Coldewey (November 6, 2013). "'Titan Arm' exoskeleton empowers heavy lifters and disabled alike". NBC News. Retrieved November 8, 2013.
  22. Kyle VanHemert (November 7, 2013). "An Exoskeleton That Boosts Biceps Wins James Dyson's $45,000 Prize". Wired. Retrieved November 8, 2013.
  23. Ben Coxworth (November 6, 2014). "2014 James Dyson Award international winners announced". Gizmag. Retrieved December 10, 2015.
  24. "MOM Wins 2014 James Dyson Award". jamesdysonaward.org. Retrieved December 10, 2015.
  25. "Voltera V-One wins 2015 James Dyson Award". jamesdysonaward.org. Retrieved December 10, 2015.
  26. Nicola Davis (November 17, 2016). "Folding bike helmet wins James Dyson design award". The Guardian. Retrieved November 17, 2016.
  27. "EcoHelmet wins James Dyson Award 2016". James Dyson Award. Retrieved November 17, 2016.
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