Engineering brief: Design something that solves a problem

The James Dyson Award is an international student design award running in 18 countries worldwide. We’re looking for product concepts or ideas that solve a real problem, either designed from a university project of designed in the entrant’s own time. The best entries will demonstrate the iterative design process and include sketches, images of models, prototypes and videos.


  • Any university-level student in an engineering, industrial design or product design program (or graduates within 4 years of graduation)
  • Submissions can be from individuals or teams up to four
  • Students must have studied in one of the 18 participating countries


  • Students submit footage, images, sketches and explanations of their ideas to International finalists will be asked to make a video pitch of their project to James Dyson who will announce the international winner on November 6, 2014.


  • International Winner:
    • £30,000 (~$46,500 CAD) for the student/ team
    • £10,000 (~$18,500 CAD) for the student’s university department
    • James Dyson Award trophy
    • International Runners-up:
      • £5,000 (~$9,300 CAD) for the student/ team
      • National Winner:
        • £2,000 (~$3,700 CAD) for the student/ team


  • Entries open – March 27, 2014
  • Entries close – August 7, 2014
  • Announcement of the national winners – September 18, 2014
  • Announcement of the international finalists – October  16, 2014
  • Announcement of the international winner and runners-up – November 6, 2014


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