Finalists announced for the world’s first food system focused biomimicry innovation accelerator
September 30, 2015 /3BL Media/ - Earlier this year, hundreds of people from around the world took on a challenge to fix our global food system by looking to nature for design solutions. Now, eight finalist teams have been invited to prototype their solutions in an accelerator program that will award $100,000 to the top contender in an effort to increase speed to market for biomimetic solutions to global problems.
Reprinted from SXSW Eco Blog by Allison Bernett of Terrapin Bright Green
Biomimicry is a hot topic right now--especially with the emergence of academic programs like Arizona State University’s biomimicry masters degree, centers like the Wyss Institute of Biologically Inspired Engineering at Harvard University, and now a biomimicry track at SXSW Eco. We have seen many innovative, environmentally-friendly technologies emerge from this process of translating natural strategies into engineered solutions.
Mother Nature has so much to teach us, and it’s easy to get overwhelmed by the high impact of things like weather patterns and natural disasters. But the concept of Biomimicry is based on the idea that Mother Nature is a master designer, and if we take inspiration from those designs, we can create manmade things that will improve our lives, naturally.
July 15, 2015 /3BL Media/ - In 1994, sustainability pioneer and self-described “former corporate plunderer” Ray C. Anderson started his company, Interface, on a journey towards revolutionizing the entire carpet industry. Over twenty years later, the foundation that bears his name is now focused on something even bigger - a worldwide call to action to crowdsource nature-inspired innovations and bring them to markets where they are needed the most.
We heard this refrain, in various forms, from the very beginning of our time stewarding Ray’s legacy here at the Foundation. Each time it was echoed, we first felt humbled. What an amazing honor it is to have someone want Ray’s memory preserved in this manner!
Bring your nature-inspired solutions to repair our global food systems for the chance to win the $100,000 “Ray of Hope” Prize. Challenge Hosted by the Biomimicry Institute and Ray C. Anderson Foundation
January 20, 2015 /3BL Media/ - Today, the Biomimicry Institute and the Ray C. Anderson Foundation announce that the Biomimicry Global Design Challenge is open to registrants, who are invited to submit commercially viable, nature-inspired solutions to our global food system challenges. The grand prize, to be awarded in 2016, is $100,000. For more information, click here.
December 2, 2014 /3BL Media/ -The Ray C. Anderson Foundation has awarded $331,000 in grants to 23 different organizations and institutions, bringing the total granted since the Foundation’s launch in 2012 to just over $2.8 million. Grants are awarded to a mix of nonprofits and academic institutions, ranging from those that provide environmental education to those that are doing hands-on work in conservation and remediation. Named for the founder of Interface, Inc., the Ray C.
November 13, 2014 /3BL Media/ - For years, the Biomimicry Institute and founder Janine Benyus have asked, “How can nature-inspired design solve the world’s most pressing problems?” The Biomimicry Institute and partner Ray C.