It is an exciting time here at the Biomimicry Institute now that the 2016 Biomimicry Global Design Challenge submission period is closed and judging is underway. Submissions came flooding in from around the world last month to compete in a chance at winning the $100,000 Ray C. Anderson Foundation Ray of Hope Prize in addition to other cash and mentorship prizes. This challenge pulled in 86 submissions with the total number of participants exceeding 300.
"We were thrilled to have submissions from 18 countries this year, including our first submission from Finland and a growing number of submissions from Pacific Rim nations, including Australia, Singapore, and Taiwan,” said Megan Schuknecht, director of design challenges. "We were also happy to see a growing number of high school participants in the student category."
Submissions focused on a wide range of solutions to problems in our food system. Many addressed water use, including solutions that addressed the lack of available freshwater globally and rainwater harvesting in metropolitan cities. There are also many submissions concentrating on home gardening and urban agriculture, as well as food waste.
Be sure to mark these important dates on your calendar:
- June 21, 2016 – Announcement of the Student Category winners and the Open Category teams that will advance to the accelerator round.
- August 2016 – The 2017 design challenge will be live and open to registration.
- October 20, 2016 – The Biomimicry Global Design Challenge Pitch Event and Technology Showcase. Seven finalist teams who are currently enrolled in our food systems biomimicry accelerator program will take the stage to pitch their biomimetic solutions to a panel of celebrity judges. (more details to come)
- October 22, 2016 – The winner of the $100,000 Ray of Hope Prize for the current accelerator teams will be announced at Bioneers.
Don’t forget to keep up with the innovation by heading to our gallery to check out all of our team’s designs.
By Biomimicry Team on in Food Challenge