Design Challenges – Biomimicry Institute

The Biomimicry Global Design Challenge (BGDC) is our flagship challenge, hosted in partnership with the Ray C. Anderson Foundation. It is an annual competition that invites people to address critical sustainability issues with nature-inspired solutions and is open to students and professionals anywhere in the world.

The theme for 2017-18 is Climate Change: Adaptation, Mitigation and Reversal.

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Biomimicry Launchpad

Each year the most promising teams in the open category of the Global Design Challenge are invited to participate in the Biomimicry Launchpad.

Designed to help biomimetic solutions advance beyond the concept stage, the Biomimicry Launchpad is an intensive 12-month program that assists teams in further developing their design concepts and market strategy utilizing business training, mentorship, and legal support provided by the Institute and its partners. At the end of each Biomimicry Launchpad cycle, one team is awarded the $100,000 Ray of Hope Prize®, endowed by the Ray C. Anderson Foundation.

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Our History

Our design challenges are built on years of success creating experience that inspire and equip emerging innovators to solve problems with a biomimetic lens. Read what others have said about our programs below and learn more about the evolution of our design challenges by reading our complete history.
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The generosity given by this community of people to us is what our world really needs. How often do we get to be in an environment where young people from Egypt, Mexico, Belgium, Canada, Sweden and America get to learn from nature and share their ideas to benefit their communities? The experience gave us hope that small ideas can become realities and that a small group of young people can dream to help their country and change the world. Nariman Lotfi

Product Designer & Winner of 2013 Student Design Challenge, German University in Cairo, Egypt

[Our team] got an intensive design course on using Life’s Principles, a mini “MBA,” an invitation to the global biomimicry conference in Boston, and the budget for our first working prototypes in Africa! Amazing experience! Arne Pauwels

Product Developer & Winner of 2013 Student Design Challenge, University of Antwerp, Belgium

As the supervisor of team BioArch, I would like to thank you and all your colleagues for providing us with this great opportunity. We are glad to have this wonderful experience, and will continue being a part of this community. Dr. Mehran Gharaati

Professor, Art University of Isfahan, Iran

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We believe that the widespread adoption of nature-inspired solutions will catalyze a new era in design and business that benefits both people and the planet. Let’s make the act of asking nature’s advice a normal part of everyday inventing. We hope you will join us.
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