Entrants are asked to address a real problem and offer a simple solution, which considers the environment by using little raw material and only a small amount of energy. It also has to preform well and have a long lifespan.
The award runs in 20 countries and has been opened out to include Hong Kong and Taiwan for the first time this year. University level students and recent graduates of product design, industrial design and engineering can enter.
Last year the award was won by James Roberts [http://www.designweek.co.uk/news/low-cost-baby-incubator-wins-james-dyson-award/3039348.article] a graduate of Loughborough University. He created MOM, an inflatable incubator fro the developing world. It is understood to perfom just as well as a modern incubation system but costs £250 to manufacture, test and transport.
Roberts says entering the award put his design in the spotlight and adds: “The public response and support was incredible, creating huge momentum towards commercialisation. I’m now further developing MOM, and hope to have it in production soon.”
While the overall winner will scoop £30,000 to be spent on development and £5000 for their university department, there will be a £5000 prize each for two runners up and 20 £2000 prizes for all of the regional winners.
For more information and to enter head to: http://www.jamesdysonaward.org/ Entries must be received by 2 July.