James Dyson Award 2013

Just “solve a problem” to win the coveted James Dyson Award

Posted on June 2, 2013 by team top student challenges

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Competition summary

“Design something that solves a problem.” – that’s the elegant and sophisticated brief behind the James Dyson Award 2013.  This outstanding design competition for students and graduates from 18 countries is run by the James Dyson Foundation with an aim to inspire and celebrate young people who are passionate about design engineering. Any eligible student gets to submit their problem solving designs for a chance to win up to £30,000.

Competition profile

James Dyson Award WinnerPast awards have surfaced some ingenious design ideas, like the SafetyNet, a sustainable fishing net with escape rings for juvenile, unmarketable fish. This year, students can enter the competition by completing the online registration form on the award website and submitting their designs.

Young and innovative design students are encouraged to submit their ideas for scrutiny by the panel of design and engineering professionals. The winners of this student competition will be announced on 7th November 2013.

To enter, an applicant ought to:

  • be a university student studying industrial design, engineering or product design or have graduated within 4 years in the aforementioned fields
  • have studied in any of these 18 countries: Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Malaysia, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Russia, Singapore, Spain, Switzerland, UK and USA

What’s in it for you?

International winners get a James Dyson Award Trophy in addition to

  • £30,000 to the winning student or team
  • £10,000 to the winner’s university department
  • 2 international runners-up get £10,000 and a Certificate of Excellence

The national winners also get a Certificate of Excellence as well as £2,000.


Applicants must submit their entries before 1st August 2013

Additional information / contact

James Dyson Award 2013Each year, this design competition collaborates with renowned design institutions (e.g. IDSA, SDA, The Designers Institute of New Zealand, VDID, Design Singapore), universities (e.g. Brunel University, Glasgow School of Art, London South Bank University, Twente UniversityUniversité de Technologie de Compiègne) and other media partners (e.g. British Council) to increase exposure for the award, applicants and winning entries. Please visit the website for more information

Image credits

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Hard Facts

OrganizerJames Dyson Foundation, UK
Award / RecognitionFunding / Exposure
DeadlineAugust 1, 2013
WebsiteJames Dyson Award 2013
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