The James Dyson Award, a prestigious design competition aimed at inspiring future generations of engineers, is back in the UAE for its seventh year.

This year’s iteration features a new judging panel boasting a wealth of knowledge and experience across engineering, academia, and technology journalism.

The UAE panel will evaluate student-designed inventions that address real-world problems with innovative solutions.Emphasis will be placed on practicality, environmental responsibility, and commercial viability. Winners of the national round will progress to the international stage, where James Dyson himself will choose the global winner.

Esteemed Judges to Oversee the Competition

This year’s panel welcomes back Dr. Eng. Suaad Al Shamsi, a pioneering Emirati female aircraft engineer, and Prof. Tadhg S. O’Donovan, Deputy Vice Principal and Chief Scientist at Heriot-Watt University. Dr. Al Shamsi brings years of expertise to the table, while Prof. O’Donovan’s background in energy systems makes him a valuable asset. New to the panel is Dana Alomar, a Technology Reporter at The National, known for her deep understanding of the ever-evolving technology landscape.

Qualities of a Winning Entry

Prof. O’Donovan emphasizes that effective problem-solving is key. He advises participants to focus on well-defined solutions, even for seemingly simple problems, rather than aiming for overly broad solutions to massive global issues.

Benefits of Participation

The James Dyson Award offers aspiring student inventors a chance to establish themselves in the field. Winners can expect not only a significant cash prize but also extensive media coverage, potentially propelling their careers forward. The competition serves as a launchpad for budding entrepreneurs, fostering confidence and attracting potential investors.

Important Dates and How to Apply

The deadline for submissions is July 17th. National winners will be announced on September 11th. More information and application details can be found on the James Dyson Award website

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