Born Global Foundation Competition for Innovation in Sustainability
Boston University’s College of Engineering, in partnership with the Institute for Sustainable Energy, is pleased to announce a second annual design competition for innovations to impact the global challenge of sustainability.
The competition is open to Boston University undergraduates and masters students and submissions must come from interdisciplinary teams.
- First Place $5,000
- Second place $2,500
- Third place $1,500
Winning teams will bring an interdisciplinary approach to create a newly formulated solution to a real world sustainability problem with a focus around one of the 17 United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.
Teams must include engineering students as well students from non-engineering majors such as students from the Questrom School of Business, the College of Arts and Science, the School of Public Health, or the College of Fine Arts.
Winning teams will be judged on the efficacy of the technical innovation itself along with a business model for how such an innovation might become economically and ecologically feasible compared to current methods.
The competition is made possible via a generous gift from the Born Global Foundation headed by Dr. Kimberly Samaha, an alum of BU’s College of Engineering.
Frequently Asked Questions
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 of 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)
Schedule for Competition
Town Hall Kickoff Meeting
Monday, November 2
A recording of the meeting can be found here:
- Born Global Biomimicry Slides
- Born Global Monday Mash-ups
- Every Monday starting November 9, 2020 from 6-7 PM EST (with an optional breakout room session from 7-7:30 PM EST for small discussions/team formation).
- The Zoom room number is 844-040-0854 (no password)
- Competition Slack Channel
- UN Sustainable Development Goals
Contest Entry Form
Notice of Interest
Project Proposal Submission
Monday, December 28
1 page overview of project with specifics on the challenge addressed, team members and faculty mentor. Proposals should be e-mailed to Associate Professor Emily Ryan (firstname.lastname@example.org) in PDF format.
Announcement of Down Selection
Sunday, December 20
2 Page Progress Report Due
Monday, February 15
Final Submission of Written Report
Monday, April 12
Report template will be provided.
Week of April 19
Friday, April 30