Want to design the next innovation to save the planet? Look below for insight on how to improve your designs, and enter for a chance at international recognition.

Biodesign Challenge

The Biodesign Challenge offers university students the opportunity to envision future applications of biotechnology in a competition that highlights student work. Our organizers connect classrooms with a team of biologists and experts to guide the students as they develop their ideas.
At the end of the semester, the winning teams are invited to New York City to showcase their designs in front of members of the academic, industrial, and design communities at the Biodesign Summit in June of each year.

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Biomimicry Design Challenge

The Biomimicry Global Design Challenge is an annual team competition that focuses on addressing critical sustainability issues with nature-inspired solutions.

Each year, participating teams are asked to design nature-inspired solutions for a specific theme or problem area. To help teams that are new to the practice of biomimicry, the Biomimicry Institute provides online resources, including the Biomimicry Toolbox and AskNature, as well as a directory of experts and mentors who are available as advisors.

The challenge is open to teams of students and professionals anywhere in the world. Finalists and winners selected by an expert jury are eligible to win prize money as well as assistance in bringing their solution to the global marketplace via the Biomimicry Launchpad program. At the end of the Launchpad one team will be awarded the $100,000 Ray of Hope Prize®, endowed the Ray C. Anderson Foundation.

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Cradle to Cradle Design Challenge

Designers have a critical role to play by envisioning products made with safe materials that can be perpetually cycled, and that eliminate the concept of "waste". The Cradle to Cradle Product Design Challenge enables current, emerging, and future designers to learn and apply critical strategies for envisioning products for the circular economy, powered by Cradle to Cradle Certified™.

Entries for DC6 are invited across four categories:

  • Best Overall Project
  • Best Use of Cradle to Cradle Certified™ Material
  • Best Use of Autodesk Fusion 360
  • Best Use of Aluminum

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