Awarding New Zealands best emerging product designer James Dyson Award

Issue 28 – June 2011

In partnership with the Intellectual Property Office of New Zealand (IPONZ), the James Dyson Foundation is again looking to put New Zealand's best emerging product designers in the limelight. The 'James Dyson Award' was set up by James Dyson, an industrial designer who invented the Dual Cyclone bagless vacuum cleaner. The award is open to final year tertiary design, technology and engineering students, and recent graduates in their first 5 years in the workforce.

The New Zealand James Dyson Award winner will receive:

  • return airfares to the UK, NZD$3,000 spending money, and accommodation in London
  • visits to Dyson's Malmesbury-based headquarters
  • $3,000 worth of legal or business advice from Auckland firm, Farry & Co Law
  • an official fee prize package from IPONZ tailored to the winner's immediate intellectual property needs
  • a 12-month membership to the Designers Institute of New Zealand.

New Zealand finalists will be invited to attend an IPONZ intellectual property workshop in Auckland.

All entries will also be in the running for the International James Dyson Award. The international winner receives GBP£10,000 in prize money, a trophy, and an opportunity to visit Dyson's engineering facilities in either the UK or Malaysia. The James Dyson Foundation also gives GBP£10,000 to the International winner's current or former University department.

You can apply for the James Dyson Award online (www.jamesdysonaward.org). Entries close 2 August 2011.

Summarised from Business Update May 2011, Ministry of Economic Development.

Published in business and ICT.