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The James Dyson Award 2012

The James Dyson Award is an international student design award running in 18 countries. It’s run by the James Dyson Foundation, James Dyson’s charitable trust, as part of its mission to encourage the next generation of design engineers to be creative, challenge and invent.


"Design something that solves a problem"


International Winner:
- £10,000 the student or student team (of up to four members)
- £10,000 for their university department
- James Dyson Award trophy and Certificate

Two International Runners-up:
- £2,000 each
- James Dyson Award Certificate

Fifteen International Finalists:
- James Dyson Award Certificate

National Winners:
- £1,000 each
- James Dyson Award Certificate

Up to nine National Finalists from each country:
- James Dyson Award Certificate


The James Dyson 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. See the Terms and Conditions for full entry criteria.


Stage 1: A panel of leading designers, engineers and design critics in each of the 18 participating countries shortlist the top ten entries and name the national winners.
Stage 2: A panel of Dyson design engineers scrutinise all national projects selecting the top 50.
Stage 3: An international judging panel of high-profile designers, engineers, academics and journalists pick 15 international finalists. Informed by the international judges, James Dyson will name the winner and two runners-up.

For more information on the judges .