2013 Dyson Design awards now accepting entries
John Hayes posted on March 15, 2013 |

To enter the Dyson Awards, you’ve got to design something useful. There’s £30,000 on the line for the engineering or design student winner, plus more for national prizes and runners up.

If you want to be a designer, you’ve heard of James Dyson. For those of you who haven’t heard of him, Dyson changed the way people vacuum by using cyclonic separation - the Dyson vacuum doesn’t get clogged with dust and dirt.

My favorite Dyson invention is the Airblade hand dryer. It’s the only hand dryer in my opinion, that actually replaces paper towels.

Dyson set up a foundation 10 years ago to support design and engineering education. This contest is run by the foundation.

In 2012 the winner of the James Dyson Award was Dan Watson who designed a safety net for fish that has holes in the mesh to let smaller, non-marketable fish escape. In 2011 the winner was the Airdrop, an invention by Edward Linacre that extracts water from air and delivers it directly to plant roots.

These inventions are diverse, but share the common goal of solving a problem by designing something useful. You can learn more about the James Dyson Award here. You’ve got until August 1st to come up with the winning entry.

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