James Dyson Award

The James Dyson Award 2016

The James Dyson Award is an international design award that celebrates, encourages and inspires the next generation of design engineers. The Award is open to current and recent design engineering students. It’s run by the James Dyson Foundation, James Dyson’s charitable trust, as part of its mission to get young people excited about design engineering.




19 Jul 2016


International Winner
$45,000 to the student or student team
$7,500 for their university department
James Dyson Award certificate

International Runners-Up
James Dyson Award certificate

National Winners
James Dyson Award certificate


July/August 2016: STAGE 1
A panel of design and engineering professionals in each region select the National Winner and finalists.
The judges will select one national winner and up to 4 additional entries per region to advance to the next level of the competition.
September 8: National Winners & Finalists Announced.

August/September 2016: STAGE 2
Dyson engineers identify the International Top 20 entries.
The 110 entries chosen by local judges move on to a panel of Dyson design engineers who further scrutinise the projects. The Top 20 entries selected by Dyson engineers will move on to the final round – there will not necessarily be one entry selected from each country.
September 29: Dyson Engineers Shortlist.

September/November 2016: STAGE 3
James Dyson chooses the international winner.
The Top 20 move on to the final stage – a review by James Dyson. James reviews each entry and determines his favourites, which are then scrutinised by the IP team at Dyson looks at each entry to spot any infringements on third party intellectual property. James then selects the international winner.
October 27: International Winner Announced.

Note that while some organisers may accept applications from all around the world, you may still be required to travel to the host country in order to take part in the later stages of a competition for instance, or you may be required to live there for a period of time to take part in a funded programme (e.g. scholarship, incubator, accelerator).

Multiple host countries may mean that no travel is required.


Credit: The James Dyson Award 2016 

Date Added: 13 Jun 2016

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