Biomimicry Student Design Challenge

About the Student Design Challenge


Real-world Challenges + Biomimicry Tools = Sustainable Innovation


Each fall the Biomimicry 3.8 Institute facilitates a Biomimicry Student Design Challenge focused on a real-world problem. Aimed at college and university students, the design challenge invites students to work collaboratively in teams to apply biomimicry concepts and tools to arrive at a sustainable and innovative design solution. The 2013 Challenge focuses on transportation. Read the details here.

The Challenge is open to any student worldwide who is enrolled in a certificate or degree program. Teams must include at least two individuals, with a maximum of six. Interdisciplinary teams are highly encouraged, and we strongly suggest working with a faculty and/or professional mentor.

Because most students have not been trained in biomimicry, the Challenge is conducted as a self-directed learning opportunity. We provide videos, lectures, access to Biologists at the Design Table, and other resources to help students apply biomimicry to their design process. Because of this training component, each team is required to pay a $35 registration fee.

Read a personal account from an SDC participant:
Stefanie Koehler describes her experience and what she learned during the 2012-13 Challenge. (via Core77)


Winning teams from last year’s Water Wise Challenge