Born Global Foundation Competition for Innovation in Sustainability
The Boston University College of Engineering and Institute for Sustainable Energy are pleased to announce the third annual design competition for innovations to impact the global challenge of sustainability. The competition is open to Boston University undergraduates and masters students. Teams must be interdisciplinary.
First Place $5,000
Second place $2,500
Third place $1,500
Teams will take an interdisciplinary approach in creating a newly formulated solution to a real world sustainability problem with a focus in one of the 17 United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.
Each group must include engineering students and students from non-engineering majors, housed in college like the Questrom School of Business, College of Arts and Science, School of Public Health or College of Fine Arts.
Projects will be judged on the efficacy of technical innovation and the business model for how such an innovation might be economically and ecologically feasible compared to current methods.
Frequently Asked Questions
Do we need to have an engineering student on the team?
Yes, at least one team member must be from the College of Engineering.
Can we have team members from outside of BU?
No, all team members must be undergraduate or masters students at BU.
How many people can be on a team?
There are no limits, but we envision 2-5 people.
Do we need to have a prototype?
A prototype is not necessary, but you must demonstrate that your ideas are feasible through calculations, simulations, etc.
How is the Intellectual Property handled?
The university places no IP claims on our students entered in competitions, regardless of where the work was actually carried out, provided that they are not done in faculty labs (EPIC, TInker, BUild Lab are not considered faculty labs) or utilizing federal funding. If you have further questions on the issue please contact Prof. Ryan (email@example.com)
Information Session — Feb. 15th recording (access passcode: BGC2022!)
Town Hall Kickoff Meeting
Monday, November 1, 2021 | 5-6PM | Photonics Center (8 Saint Mary’s Street) Room 211
Event details to be announced. Guest Talk by Dr. Samaha.
Virtual Office Hours
Thursday, December 2, 2021 | 8-9PM
Informal conversations about the competition on topics like creating a team, requirements and past winners. Zoom details: https://bostonu.zoom.us/j/91843195103?pwd=a3RMZlZIZEl3RUo4SlNXc21EdFJsdz09
Meeting ID: 918 4319 5103 | Passcode: 962132
Team Formation Proposal
Sunday, February 27, 2022
A list of team members including name, email, and college/department should be sent to Professor Emily Ryan (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Project Proposal Submission
Friday, March 4, 2022
Draft Final Report
Monday, March 21, 2022
Final Submission of Written Report
Monday, April 4, 2022
Week of April 11th, 2022
Early May 2022
To Register & Join the Email List
Enter your team to express interest in competing, and to receive important email announcements. Please consider this form a ‘notice of interest,’ rather than a formal registration.
Hosted in partnership with the BU Institute for Sustainable Energy