James Dyson Award – IDE alumnus makes it into global top 20

News - 14 October 2021 - Communication

The James Dyson Award’s Global Top 20 have been announced. This year’s competition saw over 2,000 entries from 28 countries and regions. Fifteen Dyson engineers, scientists and designers from around the world reviewed the 83 national finalists to curate this year’s global Top 20 shortlist of inventions. Of those entries, IDE alumus Jerry de Vos’ project was chosen.

Jerry developed the Plastic Scanner as part of his graduation project for the Integrated Product Design master’s programme at IDE. His device is a low-cost, handheld scanner that can tell users what type of plastic a product is made of – right on the spot. His device uses near-infrared spectroscopy, which is a technology known to be able to categorise more than 75% of the plastics used in everyday life.

To make it more accessible to informal recyclers and to easily integrate it in their countries’ waste management infrastructure, he developed this device as an open-source project, whose components can be sourced and manufactured locally.

Now that he is in the top 20, Jerry has the chance to become the global winner and receive £30,000 to support the next stages of his invention. The global winners will be announced on 17 November.

To find out more about Jerry’s project, click here.