The James Dyson Award is an international design competition, run by Dyson's charitable arm – the James Dyson Foundation. Its purpose is to celebrate, encourage and inspire the next generation of design engineers.
The brief? Design something that solves a problem.
The James Dyson Award celebrates young design engineers who think differently. Who can create tangible solutions with a significant and practical purpose, are commercially viable, and are designed with sustainability in mind.
For the winners, prestige and a global platform to promote their work await. And in recent years, the competition has brought some ingenious ideas to the attention of the world...
Designed as a response to huge drought gripping Australia in 2010, Edward's idea was inspired by the Namib Desert beetle – which manages to survive desert conditions by collecting early morning dew on its back. Airdrop is a low–tech atmospheric water harvesting solution, which condenses moisture in the air and stores it for later use.
Safety Net, 2012
Overfishing affects both our ocean ecosystems and our food supply. SafetyNet offers a simple solution: wave–powered LED rings, retrofitted into trawler nets. By lighting the way for young and unmarketable fish to escape, SafetyNet helps to restore precious fish stocks.
Titan Arm, 2013
Elizabeth Beattie, Nick McGill, Nick Parrotta, Niko Vladimirov
In the US alone, the impact of upper body injuries costs $50 billion each year. Augmenting arm strength by forty pounds, Titan Arm's exoskeleton technology aims to reduce injury for people lifting objects as part of their daily work, and help to rehabilitate those with existing back injuries.
The World Health Organisation estimates that 75pc of deaths from premature birth could be avoided if inexpensive treatments were more readily available across the globe. Providing the same performance as a £30,000 modern incubation system, MOM – an inflatable incubator – costs just £250 to manufacture, test and transport to the developing countries that need them most.
Bump Mark, 2014
With a third of all purchased food thrown away unconsumed, our global food production system is wasting precious land, water and energy on a colossal scale. Bump Mark is a food packaging label that mirrors the decaying process of food – its gelatine base revealing a bumpy surface as it breaks down. A smooth label means the food is fresh, while bumps mean it's time for the bin.
Voltera V-One, 2015
Alroy Ameida, Katarina Ilic, James Pickard and Jesus Zozay from the University of Waterloo, Canada
Every electronic device relies on printed circuit boards (PCBs). To research and develop new electronics, it is vital for engineers, inventors and students to be able to prototype PCBs quickly and cheaply. But this process tends to be time-consuming and expensive. The Voltera V-One is a laptop-sized printer that turns design files into prototype circuit boards in minutes. It has the potential to not only transform how PCBs are made, but the entire product development process.