The Buckminster Fuller Challenge 2011


Blue Ventures
Founded and led by Ashoka Fellow, Alisdair Harris.



最小のエネルギーで最大の効果を得るための技術やシステムを用い、人類にとって最も緊急を要する問題に対する短時間の解決を可能にするソリュー ションを支援するために毎年$100,000を支給する。包括的で先見性を備え、エコロジカルで検証可能性と複製可能性をもつ実行可能なソリューションで なくてはならない。

カテゴリ アワード / 学生が参加できるコンペ / コンペ結果
タイプ International, Award, Open, Three-Stage , Anonymous
ジャンル Design-Science
開催地 United States
登録締切日 4 October 2010 22 October 2010 GoogleCal iCal
提出締切日 4 October 2010 22 October 2010 (via Online)
応募資格 18 years of age or older

Winning the Buckminster Fuller Challenge will require more than a great stand-alone innovation. If for example, your solution emphasizes a new design, material, process, service, tool, technology, or any combination, it is essential that it be part of an integrated strategy dealing with key social, economic, environmental, policy and cultural issues.
The winning solution should exemplify the trimtab principle. Trimtabs are small steering devices used on ships and airplanes which demonstrate how relatively small amounts of leverage, energy, and resources strategically applied at the right time and place can produce maximum advantageous change.
Entrants must put forward a bold, visionary, tangible initiative that is focused on a well-defined need of critical importance. Proposed solutions must represent a preferred state model – one that aims to optimize conditions from inception in order to create the most desirable, sustainable, future outcome. Entries should be regionally specific yet globally applicable, and backed up by a solid plan and the capability to move the solution forward.
Entries must be:
Comprehensive – applies a whole systems approach to all facets of the design and development process; aims to simultaneously address multiple goals, requirements, conditions and issues
Anticipatory – factoring in critical future trends and needs as well as projected impacts of implementation in the short and long term
Ecologically Responsible - reflecting nature's underlying principles while enhancing the Earth’s life-support systems
Feasible – relying on current know-how, technology and existing resources
Verifiable – able to withstand rigorous empirical testing
Replicable – able to scale and adapt to a broad range of conditions

To be announced

The winner (individual or team) will receive a $100,000 cash prize to support the on-going development and implementation of their winning solution.

Entry Fee
US $100
A discounted entry fee of $50 is available for students, academics (employees at a university or research institution), people entering on behalf of a registered non-profit, and financially contributing members of the Buckminster Fuller Institute.

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Past winners

The Buckminster Fuller Institute

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