Felicity Furey is a business leader, entrepreneur and engineer. Named Boss Magazine’s Young Executive of The Year in 2016 and one of AFR’s 100 Women of Influence in 2012 at only 26 years of age, Furey has led multi-million dollar engineering projects, and founded two successful businesses, Power of Engineering and Machinam.

The James Dyson Award (JDA) has challenged inventive and entrepreneurial undergraduates and recent graduates of engineering and design, to invent something that solves a problem. This is why this year it is happy to introduce a leading champion of women in engineering/STEM – Felicity Furey. The competition brief is to design something that solves a problem. This problem may be a frustration that people face in daily life, or a global issue. The important thing is that the solution is effective and demonstrates considered design thinking.

Entries are judged first at the national level by a panel of judges, before progressing to the international stage. A panel of Dyson engineers then select an international shortlist of 20 entries. The top 20 projects are then reviewed by Sir James Dyson who selects the International winner, International runners-up and the new Sustainability winner. The prize values will be calculated at time of payment and will have the the International winner receiving a prize of $55,000, plus $9500 for the winner’s university. The Sustainability winner receiving a prize of $55,000. The two International runners-up receiving $9500 and each National winner receiving $3500.

Furey’s mindset is primed to help leaders and teams reignite performance, reframe challenges as opportunities and redefine what is possible in the future of business, leadership and education. She has delivered inspiring speeches to more than 20,000 people in Australia, Asia and the USA from the school classroom, international convention rooms to the boardroom. Furey is in her element delivering an inspirational key note, electrifying a conference stage or being authentic about her journey with young people or executives.

She now mentors high performing teams to give leaders the skills they need to ignite new possibilities in Business, Education and STEM.

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