Designers, engineers, inventors, and crafty gadgeteers, it's time to get the brain juices percolating and submit for the 2010 James Dyson Award. The competition is put up by the James Dyson Foundation, founded by the British inventor responsible for the now-iconic Dyson vacuum cleaners, the Airblade hand dryer, Air Multiplier fan, and others. With $30,000 of prize money at stake, the James Dyson award draws a fantastic selection of entries. You can browse through a slideshow of our green pics from 2009 here.While the award aims itself at design students, you still qualify if you are up to four years post-graduation. Entries are being accepted up until July 1st, 2010. You must have studied or be studying in: Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, France, Germany, Holland, Italy, Ireland, Japan, Malaysia, New Zealand, Russia, Singapore, Spain, Switzerland, UK or the USA.
The winning individual or team takes $15,000, and another $15,000 goes to the winner's university department. To boot, Dyson whisks you off to one of their design facilities in either the UK or Malaysia.
Even if you don't win, the visibility could do wonders for your fledgling venture. One of last year's non-winning entrants, this shrinking milk jug, garnered considerable attention here on TreeHugger.