Biomimicry Global Design Challenge

By 2050, the global population is expected to be 9.6 billion people.  How will we feed ourselves in a way that does not impact on earth’s ecosystems? How will  we produce food that contributes not only to the health and well-being of humans but also to the  ongoing vitality of life’s interconnected systems?

There’s only a few weeks to go for the Biomimicry Global Design Challenge (BGDC) – submissions are due on May 11th, 2016. The BGDC is an international design competition sponsored by the Biomimicry Institute and the Ray C. Anderson Foundation. It seeks innovative design solutions, inspired by nature’s genius, to contribute to the resilience of the global food system.

The challenge encourages systems thinking and multi-disciplinary teams to develop:

  • A technology, product, service, or process that addresses a sustainability challenge related to improving the food system.
  • A clear connection between a biological mechanism, process, pattern, or system, and the technological solution submitted; that is, the solution must emulate a natural model(s).
  • An entirely new solution representing a given team’s unique work and intellectual property.

The competition features two rounds, a design concept round and a prototype round, and includes both Open and Student categories. Select teams from the Open category may go on to compete in the prototype round following the design concept round.

See Biomimicry Global Design Challenge website for more details and resources.

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Urban Agriculture – Community Farm in Seattle (Photo: Jane Toner)


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