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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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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

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).


Identify a climate change problem to address

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


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


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

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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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