James Dyson Award 2009


The James Dyson Award winner 2009 is: AUTOMIST

This project has survived four rounds of judging, beaten over 400 projects from 21 countries, and has been chosen by James Dyson as the best project in the Award.

In recognition of their victory, Yusuf Muhammad and Paul Thomas have won £10,000 to develop their design. £10,000 will also be awarded to their university department to support the development of future projects by other promising students.

James Dyson said: “This simple but clever device should become a permanent safety feature in the home. Smoke alarms are essential part of modern life but have remained fundamentally unchanged for forty years. Automist not only detects a fire but can put it out as well.”

See the winning project, as well as two runners up chosen by James Dyson...


The challenge: design something that solves a problem.

Category Other Competition / Open to Students / Competition Result
Type International, Award, Students or Age Restriction, Three-Stage, Onymous
Genre Product
Country London, UK
RegDeadline 15 June 2009 GoogleCal iCal
15 June 2009 (via Online) 
Eligibility Product design, industrial design and engineering university level students (or graduates within 3 years of graduation) who have studied in the following countries: Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Holland, Ireland,

The James Dyson Award is an international design award that celebrates, encourages and inspires the next generation of design engineers. It’s run by the James Dyson Foundation, James Dyson’s charitable trust, as part of its mission to inspire young people about design engineering.
Young designers and engineers are brimming with creative ideas to change the world – it's this ability to think differently that the James Dyson Award celebrates and encourages.

Stage 1:
A panel of design and engineering professors and professionals in each of the 21 participating countries
Stage 2:
A panel of Dyson design engineers
Stage 3:
Finally, an international judging panel, comprising high profile designers and engineers, academics and journalists. James Dyson will make the final judgment, informed by the international judges.

One winner of the James Dyson Award: £10,000 cash and £10,000 cash (or equipment up to the value of £10,000) to student’s design engineering department to fund design engineering education projects
A national winner (voted for by the public) in each of the participating countries: A trophy

Entry Fee

- Succinct description of the project, outlining its principal purpose and function
- Explanation of inspiration behind project, along with personal motivation
- Explanation of the development process that the designer took to develop the project
(each in mother tongue and in English, no longer than 200 words)
- Selected low res images

Public national vote commences: Tuesday 16 June 2009
Public national vote closes: Sunday 12 July 2009
Notification of public vote winners: Monday 13 July 2009
First national shortlists announced: Monday 27 July 2009
Second shortlist announced: Monday 10 August 2009
Finalists announced: Mon 31 August 2009
Winner announced: Monday 7 September 2009

Past winners

James Dyson Foundation

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