The 2012 James Dyson Award, now in its eighth year, helps give young inventors a platform for their ideas by celebrating the best in student design: from a motion-sensing cycle jacket to a kitchen tap that doubles as a fire extinguisher; an irrigation device inspired by a desert beetle to a bazooka that fires a buoyancy aid.
The James Dyson Award supports students not only with monetary prizes but also by promoting and recognizing good quality entries. "Young people have an unsullied view of the world. Budding engineers and designers can use their fresh perspective to develop wonderfully simple solutions to baffling problems. Original ideas and rigorously engineered projects will attract the attention of the judges," said James Dyson. "I challenge applicants to think big and use the award as a springboard for their ideas."
The Award is open to product design, industrial design and engineering university level students (or graduates within 4 years of graduation) who have studied in the following countries: Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Malaysia, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Russia, Singapore, Spain, Switzerland, UK and USA. Deadline for entries is August 2, 2012.