Pilot Program, January - June 2018
Last update: January 18, 2018
The Biomimicry Youth Design Challenge (Challenge) is a design concept competition and educational program hosted by the Biomimicry Institute (Institute).
Coaches are responsible for registering and submitting their teams’ final competition entry. Student Team members do not directly register or submit work to the Challenge.
By registering and submitting an entry, each Team (collectively the Coach(es), student team members, and minor team members’ parents or guardians) grants to Institute and its designees the right to display the submitted entry materials, photographs, and team biographical information (including names, school names, grades, city and state) on the Challenge website. The Institute may also use such photographs and information, with appropriate attribution, for educational or research purposes, advertising and promotion, or any other legal purposes, in any and all media now or hereafter known throughout the world in perpetuity without further notice, permission, or compensation, except where prohibited by law.
Entries must employ biomimicry (nature-inspired innovation) in addressing a specific social and/or environmental issue related to climate change. Refer to the Design Brief for details.
Entries must consist of the following, which are submitted via an online Entry Form. Review the Coaches’ Handbook for details and suggestion regarding the specific content of each item.
First Place, Second Place, and Third Place award winners will be selected from among all eligible entries in two rounds of judging. Preliminary round selections will be made by participating Coaches, based on a numerical point system correlated to the Youth Design Challenge Rubric. Coaches may not judge their own Team(s) or any other Team that would represent a conflict of interest. The top 10 entries (based on numerical score) in each category (middle school and high school) will advance to a second round of judging. The Final selection of award winners, from among the 10 finalists in each category, will be made by a panel of judges comprised of Biomimicry Institute staff and selected biomimicry subject matter experts.
Cash awards will be made to selected entries as indicated below.
Middle School Awards
High School Awards
Award funds are disbursed in the form of a lump sum check addressed to the Lead Coach or another designee selected by the Lead Coach. It is the responsibility of the Lead Coach to inform the Institute how the check should be addressed, and to encourage that the funds are utilized in a fair and agreeable manner that rewards all Team members (e.g. divided evenly, used to fund a celebratory event or experience, etc.). Although we cannot dictate how the funds are used, it is our intention that all winning Team members will receive some mutual benefit of this award.
Each award recipient is solely responsible for any and all taxes as deemed applicable by the IRS tax regulations on the prize and/or award. Internal Revenue Code states that under certain circumstances the value of prizes and awards to individuals is considered taxable income. The award recipient will be required to submit to the Biomimicry Institute a completed IRS form W9, which includes social security number, to be used for issuing a 1099 for tax purposes. The recipient will receive a Form 1099-Misc from the Biomimicry Institute on any award over $600. In addition, each award recipient will also be required to sign and return a prize/award acceptance form including an Affidavit of Eligibility and Liability/Publicity Release (“Affidavit and Release”) within seven (7) days of receipt of the Affidavit and Release or the prize may be forfeited and, at Sponsor’s sole discretion, awarded to another winner.
By accepting the prize, each winner grants to Institute and its designees the right to use his or her name, photograph, likeness, and biographical information (including grade, school name, hometown, and state), for purposes of advertising and promotion, or any other legal purposes, in any and all media now or hereafter known throughout the world in perpetuity without further notice, permission, or compensation, except where prohibited by law.
One or more winners may be asked to attend and participate in media and/or public relations events (the “Media Events”) designated by Institute and/or requested by various media outlets. Upon Institute’s request, and subject to winner’s availability, each winner agrees to participate in such Media Events without any further compensation. However, the Institute will cover travel expenses related to media events. Institute shall have the right, in its sole discretion, to choose the winners it wishes to participate in such Media Events. By accepting the prize, all winners, whether or not chosen to participate in such Media Events, agree to release Institute and its employees, directors, and officers, and hold each of them harmless, from any claims relating to the respective winner’s selection, non-selection, participation, or non-participation in any Media Events.
The Coach may be asked to submit testimonials, photos, and other materials for use in promoting the program, and if the Coach submits such materials, he or she agree that the license above with respect to the entry shall cover such submission.
Coach and participants agree to hold harmless the Institute and its officers, directors, agents and employees from and against any and all losses, damages, obligations, liabilities, claims, expenses, fees (including attorneys’ fees), costs and judgments arising out of, based upon or resulting from participation in the Youth Design Challenge. Further, Coaches are not deemed agents of the Institute and carry no authority, rights, or representation on behalf of the Institute.