We’ve seen prizes for lunar missions, fighting antibiotics resistance, and even a better condom. The latest, a partnership between a sustainability nonprofit and a foundation, will reward biomimicry, design inspired by nature.
Everybody loves a good competition. Google funds a couple, there’s Wendy Schmidt’s Ocean Health XPrize, and the Longitude Prize in the UK. They can serve as vehicles to elevate certain issues or fields, or a way to open up a sticky problem to a wider array of brains. In the case of the Biomimicry Global Design Challenge the goal is to find bright new ideas inspired by natural systems, with an emphasis on actually getting them to market.