2016 James Dyson award

The 2016 James Dyson Award is now open for post-secondary students. Running since 2004, the international competition challenges the brightest young engineers and designers around the world to think differently. They’re invited to submit a product or concept that solves a problem, competing to win a prize of $60,000 and $10,000 for their school.

Last year, the international winning project hailed from Canada for the first time ever. Voltera V-One is a rapid custom circuit board printer developed by a team of four engineering students from the University of Waterloo. The team took home the top spot, the prize money and secured significant recognition.

Let’s get Canada’s brightest and best engineering and design students on the map: we invite you to share the below engineering brief with your students and colleagues.

Please don’t hesitate to get in touch with any questions or for campus posters.

Good luck to all Canadian entrants!


Engineering brief: Design something that solves a problem

The James Dyson Award is an international student design award running in 22 countries worldwide. The brief is broad: we’re looking for product concepts or ideas that solve a real problem.

The award celebrates ingenuity, creativity and sustainable engineering. Entrants are encouraged to do more with less, designing with the environment in mind. The best inventions have a significant and practical purpose, and the potential to be commercially viable.

We’re looking for designers who think differently to create products that work better. Engineers who follow an iterative design process.  Rough and ready prototypes. Either designed from a university project or designed in the entrant’s own time. The best entries demonstrate the iterative design process and include sketches, images of models, prototypes and videos.

Join the competition HERE and register today!


  • Any university-level student in an engineering, industrial design or product design program (or graduates within the past four years)
  • Submissions can be from individuals or teams
  • Students must have studied in one of the 22 participating countries*



International Winner:

  • The international prize is $60,000* for the student and $10,000* for the student’s university department.

Up to two International Runners-up:

  • $10,000* each

National winner

  • $4,000*


  • Opens: February 18, 2016
  • Closes: July 19, 2016
  • National finalists announced: September  8, 2016
  • Dyson engineers international shortlist: September 29, 2016
  • International winner and finalists announced: October 27, 2016


Video links:

*participating countries: Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, China, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Italy, Ireland, Japan, Malaysia, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Russia, Singapore, Spain, South Korea, Switzerland, Taiwan, the UK and the USA

*or equivalent of £30,000

*or equivalent of £5,000

*or equivalent of £5,000

*or equivalent of £2,000

Jessica Danziger-Lin

Public Relations Manager
t (416) 323-4001

m (416) 659-4016

Dyson Canada Ltd.

312 Adelaide Street West, 7th Floor

Toronto, Ontario M5V 1R2


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