Registration now open for the James Dyson Award - the competition for young innovators

The James Dyson Award is a competition for engineering & design students that is organised to encourage and recognise young innovators. The brief for the competition is very simple: design something that solves a problem!

– Published 22 April 2022

Each year, the award selects a national winner rewarding the designer a prize of 60,400 SEK. That designer will move onto the global phase of the competition for a chance to win the international award of 360 000 SEK and global recognition. Previous Swedish winners have gone onto develop their invention and set up successful companies. We’re now looking for the next great invention! 

Lunch webinar: Find out more about the competiton

Join us on Wednesday 18th May, where Jessica Faulkner, Design Engineer at Dyson, will host a lunch Webinar on everything you need to know about the James Dyson Award and how you can enter, as well as how Dyson works with product development.

Joining the panel, will also be the previous national Swedish winner, Adam Backman, who will elaborate on his experience from winning the competition and how it kick-started his career as a new graduate.

Do you have a great idea or a solution to a problem that you encounter in your everyday life? Bring your lunch and join the webinar to hear more!

Day: May 18 

Time: 12:00-13:00

The webinar will end with a Q&A session. If you already have any questions – please send them in advance to

Join the meeting on May 18, 12:00 (Teams)

Who can join?

The James Dyson Award is open to current university students of engineering, product design and industrial design – and those who have graduated in these subjects in the last four years. We'll ask to see official documentation that proves it.

If you don't want to work alone, or if you studied something else but have a brilliant idea you want to share, you can still enter as part of a team. Your team leader must have studied one of the qualifying subjects, and all team members must be (or have been within the last four years) enrolled for at least one semester in an undergraduate or graduate programme. 


Apply before June 6

Registration and information about the award (James Dyson awards' website)

Last year's winner

Last year, Dutch student Jerry de Vos from TU Delft was the international winner with his invention Plastic Scanner. The portable plastic scanner tells you on the spot what type of plastic a product is made of and uses infrared light to detect the plastic components, which in turn makes it easier to separate the plastic.

Previous winners (James Dyson awards' website)