About the Challenge

Design for life: by applying nature's design principles, we can create solutions that help support a healthy planet.

The Biomimicry Global Design Challenge is an annual team competition that focuses on addressing critical sustainability issues with nature-inspired solutions. The Challenge is hosted by the Biomimicry Institute, in partnership with the Ray C. Anderson Foundation.

Our primary goals are to:

  1. Help motivated problem-solvers around the word learn how to look to nature for design and business inspiration; and
  2. Create a pathway for more biomimetic products to come to market.

How it works

The challenge is open to teams of students and professionals anywhere in the world. Finalists and winners selected by our expert jury are eligible to win prize money as well as assistance in bringing their solution to the global marketplace via our Biomimicry Accelerator program. At the end of the Accelerator one team will be awarded the $100,000 Ray of Hope prize, endowed the Ray C. Anderson Foundation.

Each year, participating teams are asked to design nature-inspired solutions for a specific theme or problem area. Learn more about the current theme by reading the Challenge Brief and browsing the resources. To help teams that are new to the practice of biomimicry, the Biomimicry Institute provides online resources, including the Biomimicry Toolbox and AskNature, as well as a directory of experts and mentors who are available as advisors.

The Challenge includes two entry categories: one for students only (high school or university) and an open category, which both students and professionals can enter. Judging and awards are category-specific, and only entrants in the open category are eligible to advance to the Accelerator program.

Learn more about the history and impact of the Challenge, and about Ray C. Anderson, a sustainability visionary who embraced biomimicry and made our business accelerator program possible.