Vote for McMaster Engineering Design Entry!

July 6, 2009

Mechanical engineering and management graduates Lindsey Kettel and Cory Minkhorst are looking for your vote! The two inventors have entered their award-winning Crosstown collapsible bicycle trailer in an international design competition run by vacuum-cleaner impresario James Dyson.

The winning design takes home £10,000 cash, a James Dyson Award trophy, and inclusion in the James Dyson Foundation’s publicity campaign. Another £10,000 in cash or equipment goes to the winning student’s design engineering department to fund projects.

While the overall winner is chosen by James Dyson with the recommendations of a panel of expert judges, there is also a People`s Choice Award. The public is encouraged to vote for their favourite design, which is done by country of residence. The most popular choices from each of the 21 participating countries automatically qualify for the judged competition and receive a James Dyson Award Trophy.

You can help Lindsey and Cory make it to the final round by voting for the Crosstown. To do so, go to and click the "Vote Now" button. This will take you to the registration page where you need to choose a username, password, and country (make sure to select Canada in order to be able to vote for the Crosstown). Once registered, log in and visit the Crosstown page. Scroll down to the bottom of the page and vote by selecting a rating.

On this page, you will also be able to view a video and photos of the Crosstown. For anyone who is familiar with the project, Lindsey and Cory have made many design modifications since their wins at the Ontario and Canadian Engineering Competitions earlier this year.

Voting closes Monday, July 20. Winners of the People’s Choice Award will be announced on Tuesday, July 21. The overall competition winner will be announced Monday, September 7.

As of July 5, the Crosstown sits fourth out of 16 Canadian entries with a rating of 14.84, and is 87th overall. The leading Canadian entry, Ultraviolet Sports Pack, has a rating of 27.96 and is 32nd overall. The most popular entry in the competition to date is the peepoGPS mobility aid for the visually impaired from the U.K. with a rating of 74.6.


Vote for Lindsey Kettel and Cory Minkhorst Award-Winning Crosstown Collapsible Bicycle Trailer

Lindsey and Cory came up with the collapsible bicycle carrier idea for their final year capstone project in mechanical engineering. They were inspired by research showing that more people would bicycle to work if they had a convenient, safe and secure way to transport things on their way to and from work. With more cyclists and fewer cars there would be less damage to the environment and improvement to people’s health. The light-weight carrier they designed is pulled behind a bicycle like a regular rigid trailer but can fold compactly onto a rear bike rack when not in use.

The James Dyson Award is an international design award that celebrates, encourages and inspires the next generation of design engineers. It is run by the James Dyson Foundation, James Dyson’s charitable trust, as part of its mission to inspire young people about design engineering.

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