Biomimicry Student Design Challenge


Second Round Winners Announced at Global Conference in Boston

Congratulations to Egy-Osmo, the Biomimicry Student Design Challenge Grand Prize winning team from the German University of Cairo in Egypt.

The Grand Prize recognized the team that had both a solid biomimetic design concept and the best biomimetic business plan around the theme of water access and management, and the People’s Choice award went to the team that collected the most “investment dollars” from the audience following informal team pitches that evening. The $10,000 Grand Prize went to Egy-Osmo, a team from the German University of Cairo in Egypt, for their entry Dromedarily Sustainable, which presents a novel way to utilize Cairo’s existing extensive yet stagnant canal system for irrigation and pest control purposes. The $1,000 People’s Choice Award went to a team from Universidad Autónoma de Yucatán, in Mérida, Mexico, for their CHAAC HA' Water System Collector, a simple and highly sustainable design for individual dwellings to collect water.

The awards were presented by Janine Benyus, co-founder of the Biomimicry 3.8 Institute and John Richardson of the Blackstone Ranch Institute, whose generous funding allowed us to add a business development component to our challenge and to fly six student teams to Boston to pitch their designs in person. Other finalists included Wakati (Time Capsule) from Artesis University College in Belgium, Visual Water from Chalmers University of Technology in Sweden, SolDrip Solar Still from the Minneapolis College of Art and Design, and Nature Inspired Removal of Air Entrained in Water from the University of Toronto.

Congratulations to the winners and thank you to all participating teams.

Biomimetic Solutions to Water Access & Management

Sixty-eight teams from around the world submitted designs to the Biomimicry Student Design Challenge. Our challenge this year was to examine how nature manages a precious resource—water—and apply those lessons to a local or global water challenge. Read more details about this year’s challenge theme.