James Dyson Award 2013 Entries


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.

This year’s competition closed for entries in August and saw a record 650 entries worldwide. The projects will be judged by prominent designers in each country before being put through their paces by a panel of Dyson engineers. The winner will then be chosen by James Dyson and announced on November 7th.

Here’s three that have already created a buzz.


Royal College of Art student Junior Ngwenya grew up in a remote village in Malawi. More than 80% of Malawians live in rural areas and rely on subsistence farming, but 66% of them are cut off from the road networks. This means that farmers struggle to get their produce to market.

Roadless is a wheel system that can be adapted to suit different terrains. The wheels transform by cranking a telescoping hub. As you crank the hub up or down the wheel contracts to give more traction for increased contact with the ground or expands for better ground clearance. The wheels can be fitted onto an axle and used to transport goods in a cart.


Using mobile phones can pose a problem for those with hearing loss. Phone calls are often missed and conversations lost in the wind. NuWave, designed by a group of students from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, addresses this problem. Housed in an innocuous pair of glasses, bone conduction transducers produce vibrations which travel straight to the ear drum. This allows users to retain sound clarity – regardless of background noise.


There are 35,000 wheelchair using parents in the UK. Carrying children whilst operating a wheelchair can prove difficult, and children can even be removed from their parent’s care because of this physical limitation. Motivated by this distressing possibility, Loughborough Design School student Emily Greenhalgh created Weeva, an attachable child carrier which enables parents in a manual wheelchair to carry their child with them safely and independently.