Nature, Innovation, and the Future of Design at SXSW Eco 2015

The Biomimicry Institute, Biomimicry 3.8 and the Biomimicry Global Network are partnering with SXSW Eco for a special biomimicry track entitled Nature, Innovation, and the Future of Design. Mark your calendars for October 5-7, 2015, in Austin, Texas!

This track presents biomimicry practitioners with the opportunity to share their work with a unique crowd of business leaders, investors, innovators, and designers. In this track, we will explore the intersections of science, technology, and design that are inspired, mentored, and measured by the standards of our natural world.

Information on registration, location, lodging options, and travel specifics for SXSW Eco can be found here.


Full SXSW Eco schedule just announced!



All SXSW Eco sessions have been announced! You can find the full SXSW Eco schedule, along with all of the sessions included in the biomimicry track, by clicking the link below.

We’re thrilled to announce that biomimicry pioneer and Biomimicry Institute co-founder Janine Benyus will be a featured speaker at SXSW Eco. Learn who else will be taking the stage this fall at the event.

8th Annual Biomimicry Education Summit

On the Sunday prior to SXSW Eco, the Biomimicry Institute is hosting the 8th Annual Biomimicry Education Summit on October 4th, 2015, at the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center in Austin, TX.

In collaboration with members of the Biomimicry Education Network, this day of interactive learning is intended for educators of all kinds, working with populations from youth to university, and professional groups.

Learn more about this event.

The Summit will immediately be followed by a biomimicry celebration! Join us for food, drinks, the Biomimicry Global Design Challenge awards, a film premiere, dancing, and more! Learn more about this event and register here.

Note: The Education Summit and SXSW Eco are independently organized events. If you plan to attend both events, you must register separately for each of them.

Global Design Challenge at SXSW Eco

SXSW Eco will also be the stage for the culmination of the first round of the 2015 Biomimicry Global Design Challenge, a design competition that challenges students and professionals from across the world to design a healthier food system, using nature as a guide. The finalists from the first round of this challenge will present their innovations and the top teams will be awarded at an awards event on Sunday, October 4, at the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center in Austin, TX. Join us for the awards event, plus food, drink, a film premiere, dancing and more! Learn more and register here.

Then, on Monday, October 5, John Lanier, executive director of the Ray C. Anderson Foundation, and Megan Schuknecht, director of design challenges for the Biomimicry Institute, will co-facilitate a multimedia presentation of the finalists’ innovations at SXSW Eco. The winners will go on to compete in the prototype round, where they can win the $100,000 Ray C. Anderson Foundation “Ray of Hope” Prize.

Learn more about the Biomimicry Global Design Challenge here.

About SXSW Eco

SXSW Eco creates a space for business leaders, investors, innovators, and designers to advance solutions that drive economic, environmental, and social change. In its fifth year, the conference will feature collaborative events to facilitate direct connections, as well as focused panel sessions and exciting competitions that will introduce attendees to transformative products, technologies, and ideas. Through provocative programming, strategic alliances, and global participation, SXSW Eco supports communities creating a positive impact. This year will feature a leaner, more focused program exploring solutions to complex issues through the lens of technology and design.

Check out SXSW Eco’s flipbook from 2014 to find out more about this exciting conference.

“Creating that marketplace for exchange of ideas and progressive thinking is what South by Southwest Eco is all about.”

- Forbes

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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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