With Global Biomimicry Design Challenge ,Create a nature-inspired innovation (a product, service, or system) that aligns with one or more of the Sustainable Development Goals, outlined by the United Nations while incorporating all three essential elements of biomimicry into your proposed solution.
Earth has always been a changing planet, but the rapid climate and ecological changes humans have set in motion in the last century are like nothing experienced before. Hungry for energy, food, and other resources, our growing populations are pushing Earth’s systems toward a frightening and well-documented tipping point. We need a new generation of innovators who know how to create human materials, products, and systems that are regenerative and generous to all species. Every single person can make a difference, even by 1°. How many #degreesofchange can you make with nature as your guide and mentor?
The Biomimicry Global Design Challenge calls for design concepts addressing any issue(s) outlined by the Sustainable Development Goals. We know that the SDGs are vast and expand across many subject areas, but this diversity means there are also just as many solutions out there waiting to be discovered. Successful teams will define a concrete, well researched area of focus for their design efforts and apply the core concepts and methods of biomimicry in developing a solution. We are especially interested in projects that go beyond familiar approaches by identifying unique leverage points for change, removing barriers to the adoption and spread of existing solutions, and/or clearly demonstrating how biomimicry can lead to new, novel, or more effective solutions.
WHAT ARE WE NOT LOOKING FOR?
- Biomimicry after the fact: If you already have a design solution, please do not retroactively argue that it is biomimetic or “like nature” just to apply to this challenge. Often, it is quite obvious to our judges when this is the case. If you are working with an existing design, we’d rather see how you applied biomimicry to improve it. How can learning from nature lead you to a stronger, more sustainable outcome?
- Common characters: As news stories and information about biomimicry has spread, many case studies and biological strategies have become common (e.g. the water capturing abilities of the Namib Desert beetle). While this is great for public awareness, creativity and innovation are limited when designers don’t look beyond the common cast of characters. For this reason, designs that rely on biological strategies, design concepts, or biomimetic technologies that have already been well documented should offer significant comparative advantages or greater depth of emulation.
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Awards:- The world needs sustainable solutions. To that end, up to 10 finalist teams will be invited to participate in the Biomimicry Launchpad, a program designed to encourage innovators who are using biomimicry as an integral part of their design process, and to inspire and support the next generation of sustainability leaders. Throughout this program, participants will deepen their understanding of biomimicry as they refine their concept. The Launchpad begins in late Fall 2021 and includes a 10-week digital program that provides startup coaching and mentorship, access to prototyping support in the form of workshops and grants, pro bono IP legal assistance, and connection with a community of like-minded innovators.
A free registration is required to access all relevant challenge materials.
- Early-bird rate (by 30 April 2021):
- Student-only teams: $40
- Professionals or mixed teams of students and professionals: $100
- Standard rate:
- Student-only teams: $50
- Professionals or mixed teams of students and professionals: $120