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About the challenge

The Biomimicry Global Design Challenge is an annual competition that asks teams of students and professionals to address critical global issues with nature-inspired solutions. The challenge is hosted by the Biomimicry Institute, in partnership with the Ray C. Anderson Foundation.

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WHAT IS BIOMIMICRY?

Biomimicry is an approach to innovation that seeks sustainable solutions to human challenges by emulating nature’s time-tested strategies.

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how the challenge works
1

Form a team and select an entry category

The Biomimicry Global Design Challenge is a team competition. The challenge has two categories: a student-only category (high school and university) and an open category, which any team can enter (including students).

2

Identify a climate change problem to address

Use the Biomimicry Spiral and Toolbox to research and design a solution using biomimicry.

3

Submit your design by April 30, 2017

All category winners will be awarded cash prizes. Open category winners will also be invited to participate in our Biomimicry Accelerator and compete for the $100,00 Ray of Hope Prize™

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Other ways to Get involved

Volunteer

Contribute to the success of young biomimics by volunteering as a coach, mentor, subject matter expert, or judge.

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Teach

The Challenge offers high school and university educators an exciting platform for teaching biomimicry and addressing real-world problems.

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We work with a diverse group of organizations, companies, and media leaders to help the next generation of biomimicry entrepreneurs succeed.

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Featured Stories

Watch biomimicry entrepreneurship in action at two live events this fall!

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Meet the biomimicry solution-seekers


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THE BIOMIMICRY GLOBAL DESIGN CHALLENGE ON SOCIAL
Introducing the Climate Change Challenge (2016)

We're mobilizing thousands of students and professionals worldwide to tackle climate-related challenges using biomimicry in the 2016-17 Biomimicry Global Design Challenge.

Meet the 2016 Biomimicry Accelerator entrepreneurs

Meet the food system innovators who joined the first-ever Biomimicry Accelerator.

Biomimicry, starring Janine Benyus

Janine Benyus shows us how mimicking nature can solve our most pressing problems in this film, created by TreeMedia and produced by Leonardo DiCaprio.

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