Biomimicry Global Design Challenge:
Food Systems

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Today, one in seven people does not have enough to eat.

How will we feed nine billion in 2050?


Nature has the answers.

The Biomimicry Institute is partnering with the Ray C. Anderson Foundation and food and conservation experts to solicit nature-inspired solutions toward ending world hunger. From 2015-2017, our Global Design Challenge will mobilize thousands of students and professionals around the world to tackle the problem of food security. Our goal: show how modeling nature can provide viable solutions to reduce hunger, while creating conditions conducive to all life.

What does biomimicry have to do with food systems?

Nature has an abundance of lessons to offer us about food systems. Learn how some of those lessons are already being applied.

Join changemakers around the world

The food systems challenge will officially launch on January 20, 2015. Sign up now to receive the challenge brief and additional details on the competition as they become available.

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Feeling inspired and want to do something right now? Download posters to promote the challenge, or join the biomimicry community on our social media channels today:

About the challenge

Professionals, university students, and high school students around the globe are invited to join the Global Challenge.

Our new accelerator model offers multiple entry points for participants and prizes that support bringing promising solutions to market. Each year, we will host a design concept round and a prototype round, each with separate judging panels and prizes.

Beginning in 2016, the $100,000 “Ray of Hope” Prize will be awarded annually to the prototype round winner. Select finalists from the prototype round will be introduced to partners and investors who can provide incubation support, and we will help bring the top solutions to market by introducing teams to government, NGO, and private sector partners.

As in the past, students will have the option to compete for learning-based prizes.

The new $100,000 “Ray of Hope” Prize will be awarded annually to the prototype round winner, beginning in 2016.

Global Biomimicry Design Challenge Timeline

The Global Design Challenge is the newest iteration in our long history of biomimicry design competitions. Built on five years of successful Student Design Challenges, our global competition now emphasizes bringing solutions to market or implementation. In the coming years, the Global Challenge will focus on diverse sustainability themes.

Learn about our past global challenges

2013-2014 Biomimicry Student Design Challenge

Forward Motion: Life-Friendly Transportation

2012-2013 Biomimicry Student Design Challenge

Water Wise

2011-2012 Biomimicry Student Design Challenge

Energy Efficiency

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