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James Dyson Award 2019 Open For Entries: Check Eligibility Criteria, Application Procedure

Students from the engineering colleges across 27 countries including India will be invited to participate in the James Dyson Awards, and compete with their peers for the coveted recognition on this prestigious platform.

Aimed at challenging innovative and entrepreneurial students and recent graduates to design something that solves a real problem, the James Dyson Foundation has announced the entries open for 2019 edition of the famed James Dyson Award. Students from the engineering colleges across 27 countries including India will be invited to participate in the James Dyson Awards, and compete with their peers for the coveted recognition on this prestigious platform.

This year also marks the 15th anniversary of the James Dyson Award globally, and third in India, which has, since 2004 empowered the next generation of engineers to solve the problems that will impact their future.

Solving real problems:

The best inventions are often the simplest, yet provide a clear and intelligent solution to real-world problems. Past winners have sought to address food waste, water conservation, pollution, medical treatment in developing countries and sustainability across all industries.

Last year, Dyson received over 100 entries from India for the international award with indigenous talents - Amit Kumar and Rituparna Guha, Masters of Design students at IIT-Delhi designed a wheelchair that conveniently shifts the users from wheelchairs to other mediums, to qualify amongst the three entries from India that were shortlisted to be sent to the International pool.

The international James Dyson award 2018 was eventually won by Nicolas Orellana of Chile and Yaseen Noorani from Kenya for their innovative design 'Urban wind turbine'. After studying NASA's Mars Tumbleweed Rover, Nicolas and his fellow student Yaseen Noorani soon identified how cities could use this technology to harness energy to produce electricity.

James Dyson says: "Young engineers and designers have perspective and unbridled intelligence that makes them incredibly adept at problem-solving. Their ideas can easily be dismissed, but if nurtured and celebrated they are transformative. Developing a product or technology is a long and daunting process; the James Dyson Award celebrates the inventive young people embarking on that process."

"The Award champions our next generation of inventors and will propel them towards future success. I am excited to see what surprising ideas this year's award brings," he adds.

About the competition:

The competition brief: design something that solves a problem. This problem may be a frustration we all face in daily life or a global issue. The important thing is that the solution is effective and demonstrates considered design thinking.

The prize: the international prize is £30,000 (plus £5,000 for the winner's university), two international runners-up receive £5,000 and each national winner receives £2,000.

The process: Entries are judged first at the national level - before progressing to the international stage. A panel of Dyson engineers selects an international shortlist of 20 entries. The Top 20 projects are then reviewed by Sir James Dyson, who selects the international winner.

The James Dyson Award runs in 27 countries and regions worldwide. These are: Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, China, France, Germany, Hong Kong, India, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, Mexico, Netherlands, New Zealand, Philippines, Russia, Singapore, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, UAE, UK, and USA.

How to enter:

  • Candidates enter through an online application via the James Dyson Award website.

  • Entrants should concisely explain what their invention is, how it works, and their development process. The best entries are always realistic and sustainable, show iterative development and solve a real problem.

  • The best entrants submit imagery and video to support their application, with evidence of physical prototyping.

Eligibility criteria:

1. Entrants must be or have been within the last four years, enrolled for at least one semester in an undergraduate or graduate engineering or design related course at university in a country or region chosen to participate in the James Dyson Award.

2. In the case of team entries, all members of the team must be, or have been within the last four years, enrolled for at least one semester in an undergraduate or graduate program at a university in a country or region chose to participate in the James Dyson Award, and at least one team member must have studied an eligible subject.

Source : India Today

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