James Dyson Awards begins the search for ingenious inventions

The James Dyson Award has opened for entries, giving students and recent graduates of engineering and design a unique opportunity to show their problem-solving inventions on a global stage. The brief is simple, design something which solves a problem, big or small. The winner will gain international exposure through the competition and £30,000 prize money to develop their idea.

James Dyson said: “Developing a product or technology is a long and daunting process; the Award champions our next generation of inventors and will propel them towards future success. I am excited to see what surprising ideas this year’s award brings.”

Past winners have sought to tackle overfishing, sustainability in the clothing industry and food waste. Last year’s International Award went to the sKan, a low-cost, early detection melanoma skin cancer device, engineered to prevent misdiagnosis.

The sKan team said: “Winning the James Dyson Award was an exciting and humbling opportunity. The media exposure we received around the world opened many doors for us. We’ve made connections with top experts and are continuing to learn from them so we can develop ‘The sKan’ to help solve the problems in today’s melanoma diagnosis process.”

Last year’s UK Winner was Petit Pli – a clothing design which allowed the material to expand in both directions, allowing it to continuously fit children as they grow.

Ryan Yasin, Petit Pli founder said: “Since winning the UK James Dyson Award we’ve had the opportunity of exhibiting at Dutch Design week, WIRED Live, Dubai Design Week; and given talks in Mexico, Dubai and London. The focus now is really on product development and finalising our local and international supply chains.”