The annual James Dyson Award, an engineering competition focused on sustainability, is accepting submissions from young inventors from today.
The award is aimed at undergraduates and recent graduates of engineering and challenges them to tackle a global problem, from environmental issues to improving healthcare practices.
To date, the competition has awarded 390 inventions with prize money, and over 70% of past global winners have gone on to commercialise their winning inventions.
An Irish candidate will be selected at the national stage and will be awarded €5,700 to go towards developing their innovation.
Last year, Paul Hendrick won the Irish leg of the competition for his invention ‘Méadú’, an interactive multiplication table that helps children to learn maths.
National winners proceed to the international shortlist where billionaire inventor James Dyson selects his global winners who each receive €34,000.
“We are looking for young engineers who are hard-wired to solve problems sustainably, often using less energy and fewer materials, and who want to improve the world through their ideas,” Mr Dyson said.
“Young people have the ideas that can change things for the better, and they should be encouraged,” he added.
The deadline for entries is 19 July 2023.