James Dyson Award entries close soon

Open to student inventors.

The James Dyson Award has already attracted a number of ideas with entries closing on Friday 20 July. A device tackling ocean plastic waste, a heavy-lifting exoskeleton and an automated pollination system are just some of the entries for this year.

The competition is open to student inventors with the ability and ambition to solve the problems of tomorrow. Winning solutions are selected by Sir James Dyson and show ingenuity, iterative development and commercial viability.

This year Mexico, the UAE, Sweden and the Philippines, have joined the global contest with students from 27 nations now competing.

Since the competition first opened 14 years ago, James Dyson has contributed over 1 million Pounds ($1.78 million) to championing concepts. To help finalists develop their idea, each year the overall winner is awarded 30,000 Pounds ($53,300), and winners in each participating region receive 2,000 Pounds ($3,550).

Last year’s international winner, the sKan provided a low-cost solution to melanoma designed to detect the disease by creating a thermal map of the skin. One year on since winning the award, the team of biomedical scientists are already developing their company ‘PRSM Medical’, building their next prototype and plan to file their first patent later this year.

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