James Dyson Award searches for ingenious problem solvers

The James Dyson Award is an international design award that celebrates, encourages and inspires the next generation of design engineers. It’s now open to current post-secondary students (or graduates within four years) studying engineering, design engineering or product design until July 20th. Students will have a chance to win $50,000 towards their project’s future development and $8,500 for their school.

The challenge is simple: design something that solves a problem.

Last year, McMaster students took home the international prize with the development of ‘The sKan’, a low-cost hand-held device that helps diagnose skin cancer.

“Winning the James Dyson Award was an exciting and humbling opportunity. The media exposure we received around the world opened many doors for us. We’ve made connections with top experts and are continuing to learn from them so we can develop ‘The sKan’ to help solve the problems in today’s melanoma diagnosis process,” says the last year’s winner.

Other past Canadian winners have solved a vast array of problems, including a smart contact lens, a desktop circuit board printer and a foot-powered washing machine.

To win James Dyson Award, you will compete against other ingenious designers and engineers from across 27 countries, who will all pitch their ideas to challenge the status quo, and achieve more with less. The best inventions are often the simplest, yet provide an intelligent solution to a real-world problem, says the organizer.

If you want to enter the competition for your chance to bring home international recognitions, and develop your projects, register your information in the James Dyson Award webpage here.