Today’s Solutions: April 14, 2024

The Optimist Daily has written about many winners of the James Dyson Award. This is an international design award that celebrates, encourages, and inspires the next generation of design engineers. It is open to current and recent design engineering students and is run by the James Dyson Foundation, James Dyson’s charitable trust, as part of its mission to get young people excited about design engineering. 

The James Dyson Award is now open and accepting submissions from young inventors through midnight PST on July 6, 2022.

This year’s National winners, to be announced in September, will receive $6,000 towards developing their invention, more than double the amount awarded in previous years. 

For our readers, keep in touch to learn what astonishing inventions from young innovators will join the list of marvels we’ve written about in the past. We love the ideas that young minds, fresh to design engineering, bring to these various fields. 

Here are just some of the Dyson winners, whom we’ve written about in the past: 

  • The AuReus flexible solar material is versatile and colorful made from vegetable waste and can be put on anything from your home to your own clothes to absorb solar energy. 
  • Inventor, Kelu You, made a non-invasive and painless glove that can test eye pressure and allow wearers to monitor their risk for glaucoma. 
  • Pyrus is a sustainable wood alternative made from kombucha brewing waste, invented by Gabe Tavas. 
  • To save Ireland’s black bee population, Niamh Damery made a sustainable, homegrown hive — “econooc” — from mycelium, which comes from mushroom roots. 
  • A group of students from the Imperial College of London and the Royal College of Art came together to make a device that captures microplastics from car tires as they’re emitted. 
  • Tejas Sanjay Kabra created a self-navigating, solar-powered robot that travels along beaches and the ocean collecting oil spills and dispensing clean water. 

We encourage you to keep your eyes peeled for news on the James Dyson Award site and on The Optimist Daily, because we’ll surely be writing about the next winners.

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