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Soil Restoration Innovation Wins $100,000 Biomimicry Global Design Challenge “Ray of Hope” Prize

A Chilean team has won the first Ray C. Anderson Foundation $100,000 grand prize for a nature-inspired solution that creates healthy soil.
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October 22, 2016/3BL Media/ - A team from the Ceres Regional Center for Fruit and Vegetable Innovation in Chile has won the first-ever $100,000 Ray C. Anderson Foundation “Ray of Hope” Prize in the Biomimicry Global Design Challenge, an international design competition and accelerator program that crowdsources nature-inspired solutions to big sustainability challenges, such as climate change, food system issues, water management, and alternative energy.

Ecocentricity Blog: People Will Come

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We built the Biomimicry Global Design Challenge. But we didn’t know if teams would enter. We didn’t know if their ideas would be as innovative and impactful as we hoped, as we need. We didn’t know if “people would come.”

James Earl Jones was right. I mean, of course he was. He’s James Earl Jones. If I ever met James Earl Jones and he told me direct exposure of sunlight to my retina is a good thing, I might throw my sunglasses away.

University of Oregon Biomimicry Design Team Wins $10K Living Future Prize

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The Ray C. Anderson Foundation sponsors and funds the Biomimicry Global Design Challenge.  The Living Futures Institute has provided this additional $10K Living Product Prize as an incentive for more design teams to consider projects to create living products.

Meet the New Food System Game-Changers

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Reprinted with permission from Biomimicry Institute Blog

We know that biomimicry is the most hopeful sustainable design approach out there and the ten winning teams in the 2016 Biomimicry Global Design Challenge echo that hope loud and clear.

Using Nature's Design Principles to Create a Radically Sustainable Food System

Winners Announced for food system-focused biomimicry innovation challenge
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June 21, 2016 /3BL Media/ - Hundreds of students and professionals answered the call to help fix our broken food system by looking to nature to create design solutions.

It’s Full Speed Ahead for the Biomimicry Global Design Challenge Accelerator Teams

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Reprinted from Biomimicry Institute Blog

It’s been a busy six months for the 2015 Biomimicry Global Design Challenge finalists. Last October, eight teams from around the world were chosen to be part of the first-ever biomimicry food systems accelerator. After pitching and getting feedback on their design concepts in-person during SXSW Eco in Austin, TX, these intrepid innovators began working furiously to test and prototype their nature-inspired design concepts.

Bioneers to Host the First Biomimicry Global Design Challenge Ray of Hope Prize Awards Event

One finalist team will win the Ray C. Anderson Foundation’s $100,000 grand prize for a nature-inspired food-systems solution.
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April 18, 2016 /3BL Media/ - The 2016 National Bioneers Conference will host the first-ever awards ceremony for the world’s premiere biomimicry design prize, the $100,000 Ray C. Anderson Foundation “Ray of Hope” Prize. The prize will be awarded to one of seven finalist teams in the Biomimicry Global Design Challenge, a worldwide design competition that crowdsources nature-inspired solutions to climate change issues, like food systems, water management, and alternative energy.

The Land Institute Adds $1,000 Prize to Biomimicry Global Design Challenge

A call for bold ideas for a new agricultural paradigm
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March 9, 2016 /3BL Media/ - The Land Institute has dedicated the past 40 years to researching a new way to grow our food that mimics the fertility and resilience of natural systems like prairies.

International Living Future Institute Adds $10K Prize Incentive to 2016 Biomimicry Global Design Challenge

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Can we design products that function as elegantly as anything found in the natural world? And can those products mimic nature’s design principles?

The Ray C. Anderson Foundation proudly sponsors the Biomimicry Global Design Challenge, and we are most excited by the opportunity to present the first $100,000 Ray of Hope Prize to one of seven finalists from the 2015 Challenge at the 2016 Bioneers Conference in October. 

Brightening Our Corner - Fall 2015

Ray C. Anderson Foundation
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Biomimicry Global Design Challenge 2015 Names Finalists. New Challenge Opens
Hundreds of innovators from around the world engaged in the 2015 Biomimicry Global Design Challenge (BGDC) to improve our global food system by looking to nature for design solutions. Eight finalist team were announced September 30 before traveling to Austin, TX for a special Biomimicry Conference at the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center on October 4.

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