We need more engineers to solve the 21st century challenges of sustainability, housing and an aging population. The James Dyson Foundation wants young people to discover their engineering potential – to think differently, make mistakes, and invent.
The 2014 James Dyson Award opens for entries on March 27th. Learn more about past entrants and hear what James Dyson is looking for – $150,000 of prize money is at stake.
Design engineering is anything but boring – it’s one of the most useful and exciting careers. The Ideas Box challenges your students to explore the design process and start inventing.
Less than four years ago, Revolights was just an idea. Fast forward to 2014, and Revolights have revolutionized bike lights. The LED lighting system casts 360 degrees of illumination, offering lighting and sighting in one design. Kent Frankovich and Adam Pettler (pictured below), the co-founders of Revolights, are Kickstarter legends, Shark Tank veterans and, above…
Frustration. It might not seem like a positive trait, but it’s the first step to identifying a problem that needs solving. And problems lead to clever new designs. James Dyson Foundation bursary student Rob Bye spotted an opportunity during his final year at Brunel University.
PhD engineering students can usually be found in labs and workshops – digging deep into problem solving ideas that no one else has dreamt up before. But last week, the James Dyson Foundation PhD students were at Dyson’s headquarters in Malmesbury, UK, exhibiting their trailblazing research to James Dyson and a team of Dyson engineers.
For the Chicago team, the end of February brought a lot of snow and the launch of the Ideas Box. The Ideas Box was developed to challenge students to find inspiration in everyday objects and develop ideas – to encourage keen problem solvers and creative solutions.
The Festival of Imagination has taken over Selfridges in London until the end of March. The center of the festival is in the basement, transformed by architect Rem Koolhaas into the Imaginarium.
Designed to spark the imagination, it was the perfect spot for the James Dyson Foundation to host a design challenge.
Universities worldwide are brimming with design engineering talent. The James Dyson Foundation aims to give them a helping hand through the annual James Dyson Award.
An international student design competition running in 18 countries, the Award challenges students to “design something that solves a problem”. The prize – $45,000.
The James Dyson Foundation team recently ventured to the West Coast. An opportunity to provide workshops to students at the renowned Art Center College of Design proved the perfect break from Chicago’s wintery weather. The trip yielded inspirational student designs, paved the way for future collaborations and spurred students to enter the James Dyson Award in 2014.
Anthony sees opportunity where others see a problem – a skill every great inventor must have.
Read MoreLenore Kaplan
Engineering runs in Lenore’s family. She has always enjoyed making things as a hobby, but it was taking part in after-school clubs that gave her the bug for design engineering.
Read MoreSean Hopkins Reliability Engineer
Sean wanted to be a fire fighter, a pilot, a race car driver and even an astronaut. He was captivated by speed, exploration and the world around him.
Read MoreDan Watson Freelance Designer
Dan is a freelance designer who grabbed headlines in 2012 as the global winner of the James Dyson Award.
Read MoreEdward Linacre Industrial Designer
Edward Linacre is a Melbourne based Industrial Designer. He won the 2011 James Dyson Award with his invention AirDrop – a low-cost, low-maintenance aid to the problems of farming in arid areas.
From nano to mega, the potential of engineering to change the world fascinates Orlina. It’s exciting and solves problems at the same time.