The James Dyson Foundation is now accepting entries for its annual James Dyson Award. The international competition challenges undergraduate and graduate engineering students to "design something that solves a problem." The winning student receives a $45,000 prize along with $7,500 for their university.
"Young people have the power to change the world through engineering. Each year the James Dyson Award sees truly remarkable solutions to real-life problems all approached from different angles. No problem is too big and the simplest solutions are the best -- use the award as a stepping stone to take your invention toward commercialization," inventor and entrepreneur James Dyson said in a press release.
Last year's winner was MOM, an inflatable incubator for premature infants, designed by James Roberts, a Product Design and Technology student at Loughborough University in the UK. Previous winners include the Copenhagen Wheel, a wheel attachment developed by MIT students that turns your bicycle into a smart electric hybrid; and the Titan Arm, a powered upper body exoskeleton developed by students at the University of Pennsylvania.
"The award celebrates ingenuity, creativity, and sustainable engineering. Entrants are encouraged to do more with less, designing with the environment in mind -- using fewer raw materials, consuming less energy, and creating a technology that will perform better and last longer," the James Dyson Foundation commented in the press release.
The competition is open for entries until July 2, 2015, and a winner will be announced in November. For more information visit the James Dyson Foundation.
Chris Wiltz is the Managing Editor of Design News