Winners of James Dyson Award Announced with International Winner from Singapore

The James Dyson Foundation has announced the winners of its James Dyson Award. This is the first time that an entry from Singapore has become the International Winner.

This is the first time in the competition’s 17 years’ history that the International Winner is from Singapore. HOPES from Singapore has bagged the international top prize.

This is the first time in the competition’s 17 years’ history that the International Winner is from Singapore. HOPES from Singapore has bagged the international top prize.

The James Dyson Award, organised by Dyson’s Charity – the James Dyson Foundation, aims to nurture and inspire a new generation of design engineers and inventors.

The brief is simple – design something that solves a problem.

While the award provides its winners with prize monies that help support the further development of their inventions, it importantly provides them a global platform to share their inventions with the world.

The James Dyson Award has now given nearly £1m in prize money to over 250 promising inventions from young engineers and scientists in 28 countries around the world.

In 2021, the Award received a record number of entries worldwide and Sir James Dyson chose three global winners for the first time, each receiving £30,000 in prize money to support the next stages of their inventions.

“I enjoy seeing the enthusiasm with which young people tackle the world’s problems using good design, engineering and science. So promising were this year’s entries that we’ve awarded a third prize, focused on medical invention. Commercialising an idea is very hard – I hope that the awareness that the Award drives, as well as the financial support it provides, will give these ideas a springboard to success,” said Sir James Dyson, Founder & Chief Engineer at Dyson.

This year’s International Winner is HOPES – a wearable biomedical device for pain-free, low cost, at-home intra-ocular pressure (IOP) testing.

Powered by patent pending sensor technology and artificial intelligence, HOPES is a convenient device for users – particularly Glaucoma sufferers – to self-monitor their IOP.

The inventors behind HOPES are Yu Kelu, Li Si and David Lee from the National University of Singapore.

For their win, they will receive S$53,000 in prize money to help further the development of their invention.

Their university will also receive S$8,800 in recognition of their win.

Meanwhile, Plastic Scanner, which bagged the Sustainability prize is a low-cost, handheld device to identify plastic for recycling. It was invented by Jerry de Vos from TU Delft.

REACT, which scored the Medical prize, is a device to stem bleeding to help save the lives of stabbing victims. It was invented by Joseph Bentley from Loughborough university.

James Dyson Award

The James Dyson Award forms part of a wider commitment by Sir James Dyson, to demonstrate the power of engineers to change the world.

tech4tea CONGRATULATES the winners of this year’s James Dyson Award.

The Dyson Institute of Engineering and Technology, the James Dyson Foundation and James Dyson Award encourage aspiring engineers to apply their knowledge and discover new ways to improve lives through technology.

Since the competition first opened in 2005, James and the James Dyson Foundation have donated over £135m to boundary-breaking concepts in education and other charitable causes. The Award has supported nearly 300 inventions with prize money.

Previous year’s International and Sustainability Winners have featured truly novel inventions that tackle major problems around the world, from a bio-plastic made from fish waste, to a new way to detect breast cancer at home using a urine sample, and a new material made from waste crop that converts UV light into renewable energy.

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4 Responses to “Winners of James Dyson Award Announced with International Winner from Singapore”

  1. Bryan Loke says:

    We need more competitions like this to nurture young minds and inculcate greater interest in the engineering sciences.

  2. Ng Kah Chin says:

    Happy to see a Singapore team bring home the honors! Congrats!

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