Since 2005 award James dyson award (JDA) challenges innovative and enterprising students and recent graduates of engineering and design departments, offering to find solutions to real problems. Every fifth of the previous winners who received a prize of £ 30,000 successfully launched their invention on the market.
In 2020, an additional nomination will appear in the competition, the prize in which will go to the second winner, focusing on sustainable development.
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“Every year we marvel at the ingenuity and responsibility of young people who solve truly important problems. Many James Dyson Award candidates seek to improve the world through engineering and technology. Recognizing the importance of the inventions and discoveries of engineers in creating a future based on the principles of sustainable development, we decided to establish a second international nomination. It is focused on ideas that allow you to achieve more at lower cost and solve environmental or social problems. ”
The solution to real problems
The best inventions are often the simplest. They offer understandable and reasonable solutions to real problems. For instance, past winners addressed issues such as plastic waste, energy production and health services in developing countries. 2019 International Winner – Marinaex – created bioplastics, decomposable at home and produced from waste from the fishing industry and environmentally friendly algae. It is designed as an alternative to disposable plastic film.
Thanks to the JDA Award, young inventors can make themselves known in the international media, which helps to attract additional investment and expand opportunities for project development. Authors of the best inventions of past years have already launched a successful business. Among such projects Lighthouse, a leak detection robot and the 2018 American national winner, and ORCA, water purification robot and 2018 Chinese national winner. Lucy Hughes, the inventor of MarinaTex, says the award has already “radically changed her life.” Taking advantage of prize money and investor interest, she is now actively developing MarinaTex to launch mass production of alternative material.
After presenting the award, Lucy said: “I am very proud to have received the James Dyson Award, and I am flattered that the potential of my invention of MarinaTex has received such recognition. This victory will be a huge impetus for the product to go through the next stage of research and development and get closer to launching into production. In addition, I hope this draws attention to the importance of responsible consumption and environmental friendliness. ”