Buckminster Fuller Challenge entries are distinguished by their comprehensive, whole-systems approach to design and implementation. Each year, the Fuller Challenge Review team divided hundreds of projects into categories in order to review them. While the Buckminster Fuller Challenge program sought whole-systems approaches, and by nature many submissions were interdisciplinary and did not fit squarely into one particular field of endeavor.

The broad categories below helped to orient the review team to be able to evaluate projects that share similar problem spaces, design issues, and other considerations.

Please note that the same project may be found under multiple categories.

Art / Design
Community / Economics
Education / Communication
Environment / Energy
Food / Agriculture
Materials / Technology
Shelter / Architecture
Water / Sanitation