JAMES Dyson is once again challenging design students in Limerick to â€˜design something that solves a problemâ€™.
The design icon has spoken highly of University of Limerick student Paddy Mulcahy, who won the Irish leg of the award last year with his invention U-Neat â€“ a sanitary hospital table designed to minimise the spread of infections.
â€œThere have always been a disproportionately high number of entries from Ireland, high-quality ones too,â€ said a company spokesperson.
While they said Paddyâ€™s â€œmight not be the most glamorous invention, it could save lives â€“ and make him bags of money as he exports it around the world from Ireland.â€
â€œWe need more of these great ideas. Issues around sustainable living and environmental degradation demand new engineering solutions to old problems. Engineers need to achieve these solutions with fewer materials using less energy,â€ continued the spokesperson.
Budding designers can now submit their entries into the 2013 international James Dyson Award. They are seeking to encourage the next generation of design students to be creative, innovative and unique.
The university has had phenomenal success in the James Dyson awards in recent years with James Dâ€™Arcy making it to the top 15 global shortlist in 2010 for his invention, an innovative new oxygen mask system.
Two years ago UL student Christopher Murphy won the Irish James Dyson Award for his open pool lift invention designed to assist swimmers with mobility challenges on entering and exiting the pool.
Another UL student, Ronan Leahy was one of the 15 global finalists also in 2011 for his â€˜Medimoverâ€™ device, designed to transfer patients from hospital beds without damaging their spines.
This year the total prize fund has doubled to â‚¬110,000. The grand prize for the international winner of the 2013 James Dyson Award has been increased from â‚¬11,500 to â‚¬35,000 along with a James Dyson award certificate and a James Dyson award trophy. Meanwhile the international winner will receive a further â‚¬11,500 for their institution.
Two international runners-up will receive a cheque for â‚¬11,500 each along with a James Dyson award certificate.