Student Design Competition - James Dyson Award 2016

Publish Date: Jul 15, 2016

Deadline: Jul 19, 2016

About program

The James Dyson Award is an international design award that celebrates, encourages and inspires the next generation of design engineers. The Award is open to current and recent design engineering students. It’s run by the James Dyson Foundation, James Dyson’s charitable trust, as part of its mission to get young people excited about design engineering.

The James Dyson Foundation has recently opened its 2016 international student design competition, for products or concepts which solve tangible problems.
Students and recent graduates of design or engineering are invited to enter inventions that do more with less, designed with the environment in mind. Submitted projects should have a significant and practical purpose, and have the potential to be commercially viable.


  • Product design, industrial design, and engineering university students;
  • Graduates within the past 4 years;
  • Open for 22 countries around the world — Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, China, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Russia, Singapore, Spain, Switzerland, Taiwan, UK or US;
  • Both individual and team entries.

The judging process

A panel of design and engineering professionals in each region select the National Winner and finalists.

Once the Award closes for entries, a panel of local judges will select the top 5 projects in each region. Projects will be judged purely on quality of entry – from the significance of the design to the various iterations of the design and how the product has developed. The judges will select one national winner and up to 4 additional entries per region to advance to the next level of the competition.


Dyson engineers identify the International Top 20 entries.

The 110 entries chosen by local judges move on to a panel of Dyson design engineers who further scrutinise the projects. Dyson engineers look for how well each design answers the brief, concentrating on the commercial viability. The Top 20 entries selected by Dyson engineers will move on to the final round – there will not necessarily be one entry selected from each country.


James Dyson chooses the international winner.

The Top 20 move on to the final stage – a review by James Dyson. James reviews each entry and determines his favourites, which are then scrutinised by the IP team at Dyson looks at each entry to spot any infringements on third party intellectual property. James then selects the international winner.


  • One International Winner will be awarded 45,000 USD + 7,500 USD for their university;
  • An International Runner-up and twenty-two (22) National winners will also be announced;
  • The International Runner-up will be awarded 7,500 USD and each National Winner, 3,500 USD.

You can find an online application form by clicking the original link.

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