The James Dyson Award is now open and accepting submissions from young inventors for 2022, following a record number of entries over the past two years.

The James Dyson Award challenges undergraduates and recent graduates of engineering and design to ‘design something that solves a problem’. Sir James Dyson chooses the competition’s global winners who receive funding and high-profile recognition to take their ideas into real life application.

“For me, the importance of the James Dyson Award is to solve a problem intelligently – for young inventors to question things, challenge things. I truly believe young people want to change the world and in that they should be encouraged. The Award gives them the confidence and a platform to pursue their solutions,” Dyson founder and chief engineer, Sir James Dyson said.

A national winner – who will be awarded A$9,000 – and two national runners-up will be chosen by an external panel in collaboration with a Dyson engineer.

This year, entries in the Australian market will be judged by Funny Business podcast co-hosts, Robbie Hicks and Lachlan Bradford, JDA national winner 2019, JDA judge in 2020 and founder of wheelchair accessory, Gecko Traxx, Ryan Tilley, and Councillor HY, William Chan, who was also awarded Young Australian Designer of the Year 2021 at the Good Design Awards.

Global winners will receive up to A$55,000 to put towards the next phase of their invention’s development.