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Calling All College Inventors: Design 'A Solution' For The James Dyson Award

 

What's in your head? If it solves a problem, the James Dyson Award wants it!: © James Dyson AwardWhat's in your head? If it solves a problem, the James Dyson Award wants it!: © James Dyson Award The 2011 James Dyson Award one instruction is nicely broad, giving college designers, engineers, and inventors throughout the world plenty of room to spread their imaginations.  It is, simply: "Design something that solves a problem."

The James Dyson Awards are yearly competitions for college students and those who recently graduated (within the past four years) from college. It is open to those in product design, industrial design, and engineering programs.  They must have studied in the following countries: Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Malaysia, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Russia, Singapore, Spain, Switzerland, UK, and USA.

 The 2010 James Dyson Award was won by Samuel Adeloju for his Longreach Buoyancy Deployment System, a life preserver that reaches the needy up to 500 feet away, in bazooka-like speed.

Contestants can enter the Dyson Awards individually or in teams of no greater than 4 members. Longreach Buoyancy Deployment System, winner James Dyson Award, 2010: by Samuel AdelojuLongreach Buoyancy Deployment System, winner James Dyson Award, 2010: by Samuel Adeloju

A panel of Dyson approved judges will first select up to 9 National Finalists from each of the participated 18 countries. Then a winner from each country will be selected to compete at the international level.  The National Winners will each receive £1,000.

Twelve National Winners will be selected to compete as finalists in the international awards competition.  The winner or winning team will receive £10,000 plus £10,000 for their university department, plus the James Dyson Award trophy and certificate.  Two runners-up will receive £2,000 each.  

Submissions can be made online today, April 5, 2011, up until August 12, 2011.  Please visit the James Dyson Award website for complete information.