July 5th, 2016, New York City: The Buckminster Fuller Institute is pleased to announce the Semifinalists for the 2016 Fuller Challenge. Now in its 9th annual cycle, The Fuller Challenge remains the only award specifically working to identify and catalyze individuals and teams employing a whole systems approach to problem solving.
The review process to select the 9th recipient of the prestigious Buckminster Fuller Challenge award is currently underway. BFI has welcomed two outstanding Fellows as well as a renowned group of external advisors to participate in the review process. This year, 52% of Fuller Challenge submissions came from outside of the United States. Click for an overview of the entry pool, an update on the selection process, and testimonials from the entrants.
The 2015-16 Fuller Challenge Catalyst Program entrants have received a number of benefits and opportunities through BFI's network in recent months. The Catalyst Program entrants represent the top 10% of the pool of Fuller Challenge entrants each year. Click to read about entrants that received the World Design Impact Prize, Katerva Awards, and the Autodesk Foundation's Impact Design grants.
Each year, BFI welcomes two outstanding students or early-career practitioners to our Fellowship Program. The Fellowship provides a unique opportunity to contextualize systems thinking through immersion in the Fuller Challenge review cycle. We are thrilled to announce our 2016 Fellows, Christina Ciardullo and Devon Artis-White. Click to read more about their experience with BFI.
Outside of the $100,000 grand prize awarded to the Fuller Challenge Winner each year, there are a number of benefits and opportunities associated with entering "socially responsible design's highest award".
Here are some benefits that entrants experience after each year's cycle:
The International Council of Societies of Industrial Design recently announced three finalists for the 2015-2016 World Design Impact Prize, one of which was 2015 Fuller Challenge Semi-Finalist Warka Water. Click to read more.
BFI, in collaboration with girltank, hosted a free webinar, A Call to Women Who Make the World Work, for female innovators interested in applying to the 2016 Fuller Challenge. The recorded webinar can now be viewed online. Click to watch the recording.
BFI announces the 2016 Fuller Challenge Fellowship program, open for applications until March 12, 2016. The Fellowship Program is meant to enhance rigorous discourse in the Fuller Challenge review process by bringing additional voices and perspectives into the discussion. Click for information on how to apply.
BFI has issued the Call for Proposals for the 2016 Fuller Challenge. The Fuller Challenge invites designers, architects, planners, entrepreneurs, scientists, artists, activists, and students worldwide to submit original solutions to some of humanity’s most pressing problems. This year's final deadline is April 1st, 2016 17:00 ET.
In 2015, the Fuller Challenge received the most geographically diverse pool of applicants to date. In January, the 2016 Fuller Challenge cycle will begin. Click for a summary of the 2015 cycle and important announcements about the 2016 cycle.