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Meet the James Dyson Award Top 20 Shortlist Judges

Today marks the beginning of the international stages of the James Dyson Award 2022 as the global Shortlist of 20 pioneering inventions has been announced. All have the chance to become a global winner and receive $30,000 to support the next stages of their inventions.


In September, the Award announced its national winners and runners-up, across 29 countries and regions. From at-home intravenous therapies to stroke rehabilitation devices. This was just the start of uncovering the world’s next brightest minds and young inventors.

The Top 20 Shortlist

15 Dyson engineers, scientists and designers from around the world have reviewed the 87 national finalists to curate this year’s global Top 20 Shortlist of inventions.


At Dyson, we believe great ideas come from diversity of thought and experience. Our judges celebrate the wide range of knowledge and expertise within Dyson’s Research, Design and Development teams. They specialize across a broad range of engineering fields including Sustainability, Medical, Agriculture and Education. They were joined by high-performing undergraduates from the Dyson Institute of Engineering Technology to share their insight, challenging conventional design processes.

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Meet the James Dyson Award Top 20 Shortlist

Get to know some of the Dyson judges




    Kay Yeong

  • Kay Yeong

    Principal Engineer

    Kay is the Principal Technology Scout at Dyson. He works to find outside expertise, technology and capabilities to help support engineering at Dyson.


    “It’s always fascinating to see the range of challenges from around the world, particularly ones that highlight problems that I wasn’t previously aware of. It is great when entrants from different places hone in on similar problems but take very different approaches to solving them. The diversity of thought every year keeps the James Dyson Award exciting.”

  • Lucy Harden

    Design Manager

    Lucy is a Senior Design Manager. With over 10 years of experience in the aerospace, automotive and design sector, Lucy is now a senior design manager leading some of Dyson’s latest innovations.


    “Reading through all the entries and seeing the amazing amount of hard work and effort was a real privilege. Debating with my colleagues on who should make the Top 20 Shortlist was an enjoyable process – the diversity across the panel led to some insightful conversations.”



    Lucy Harden




    Robert Tweedie

  • Robert Tweedie

    Design Manager

    Robert Tweedie is a Design Manager, focusing on Dyson’s New Products and Innovation. Robert started working at Dyson as a graduate in 2007. He’s worked on developing new technologies in floorcare, environmental care and haircare categories. He now works in Dyson New Concepts team leading future new category products that will help push the boundaries to what’s possible.


    “There are so many problems out in the world that need solving, and the James Dyson Award acts an incubator to help leapfrog genuine innovations to solve some big problems.”

  • Shalimar Ali

    Electronics Manager

    Shalimar is an Electronic Engineering Manager at Dyson, working on the integration of the Electronics Software and Hardware that make Dyson products special. Her passion is in automation, taking tedious activities and turning them into sequences that happen at the touch of a button.


    “At Dyson we solve the problems that others ignore. The James Dyson Award is empowering young engineers to solve problems that personally impact them or the society they live in, living out the values that we espouse at Dyson.”




    Shalimar Ali




    Sam Dill

  • Sam Dill

    Sustainability Engineer

    Sam is a Lead Sustainability Engineer. Originally hailing from Bermuda with a real passion for the outdoors, Sam joined Dyson as an engineering intern and the rest is history.


    “As there are entries from across the globe, judges get exposed to such a breadth of ideas, some of which will focus on problems we otherwise wouldn't be exposed to, all with novel solutions. It's also great working as a team with skillsets from across the business, pitching the concepts to each other and whittling them down collaboratively.”

  • Ely Jackson

    Undergraduate Engineer

    Ely is an undergraduate engineer at the Dyson Institute of Engineering and Technology. Through this, she spends 2 days a week studying for an engineering degree with the Institute, and 3 days working in a Dyson team. She has just finished a workplace rotation in New Category Electronics Hardware.


    “As a student, it was really inspiring seeing how through new engineering technologies, an idea can be transformed into a product tackling real world issues within sectors such as sustainability, healthcare and education.”




    Ely Jackson

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