Become a Mentor
Mentors are valuable assets to our teams. We are especially in need of mentors who can answer general questions about biomimicry, support teams’ design processes, answer biological and technical questions, and address business model concerns. Once you have registered on the Challenge site, you may fill out a mentor application and complete your profile. You can then reach out to teams directly, via the Team Directory, or wait for them to contact you. Mentors will be asked to update their profile on an annual basis.
Sponsor the Challenge or a Prize
The Biomimicry Global Design Challenge highlights some of the most creative designers and problem solvers around. Help us support these inspirational innovators, whether in the form of a prize or general support. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for details.
Share a Resource
Do you have a resource that will help our teams better understand the challenges and opportunities of climate change? Can you support a Challenge team in your community with funding or access to experts? Do you have a tool to help our teams assess the potential carbon impact of their designs. If you have a resource to share, please contact us.
Serve as a Judge
Our Challenge judges come from a variety of backgrounds representing expertise in biomimicry, climate change, the built environment, engineering, design, business, policy, and more. If you are committed to the vision of a world in harmony with nature and want to be inspired by new ideas and offer valuable feedback to young designers and entrepreneurs, consider joining us by completing the judge form.
Help us Spread the Word
We have everything you need to reach out to your networks, students, colleagues, friends, and potential teammates, including: Posters, social media graphics, and sample copy to use in newsletters, emails, and social media posts.
View and download these pieces here.
Teach with the Challenge
The Biomimicry Global Design Challenge offers high school and university educators an exciting platform for teaching biomimicry.
We've found that design challenges are an excellent way to teach and learn biomimicry. Hands -on and project-oriented, team challenges help students develop research, collaboration, and critical thinking skills, and biomimicry itself provides a new way for students to engage with biology, engineering, and design topics. Challenge topics focus on critical real world problems that can also help educators situate their teaching in the context of important social and environmental issues.
For example, teachers at San Diego's Kearny High School incorporated the 2015 Food Systems challenge into their curriculum. Learn more about their story here.
What does the challenge offer educators and their students?
- Detailed Challenge Brief - Our design briefs are suitable as a framework for a semester or year-end project.
- Theme Resources - We work with knowledge and media partners to provide references and information about our Challenge topic, climate change.
- Biomimicry Resources - The Biomimicry Toolbox and AskNature provide a comprehensive introduction to the goals and methods of biomimicry, and a library of biological strategies for inspiration. A new curriculum module for high school is also available.
- Motivation - Challenge winners will be featured in high profile media, will have access to biomimicry experts and mentors, and can compete for cash prizes and other awards, including the $100,000 Ray of Hope Prize™ (if entering in the Open category).