09 March 2016

Fuller Challenge

Buckminster Fuller Institute (BFI) is issuing an urgent call for a creative revolution to ‘making the world work for 100% of humanity, in the shortest possible time, through spontaneous cooperation, without ecological offense or the disadvantage of anyone.

The competition

Each year, BFI invites scientists, entrepreneurs, planners, designers, architects, activists, artists, and students from all over the world to submit their innovative solutions to some of humanity’s most pressing problems. . Named "Socially-Responsible Design's Highest Award", the Fuller Challenge attracts bold, visionary initiatives focused on critically important, well-defined social and environmental needs.

Buckminster Fuller was all about big ideas. He spent his life working across multiple fields, such as architecture, design, geometry, engineering, science, cartography and education, in his pursuit to make the world work for 100% of humanity.

Winning the Fuller Challenge requires more than a stand-alone innovation that focuses on one aspect of a system failure. BFI looks for holistic strategies that demonstrate a clear grasp of the big-picture dynamics influencing successful interventions. Winning solutions are regionally specific yet globally applicable and present a truly comprehensive, anticipatory, integrated approach to solving the world's complex problems.


A $100,000 prize is awarded to support the development and implementation of one outstanding strategy.

The winning individual or team also get to celebrate at a Conferring Ceremony in New York City and, along with a cheque for $100,000, receives the prestigious OmniOculi award sculpture created for The Fuller Challenge by artist Tom Shannon.


  • Application deadline 5pm EST 1 April 2016
  • Review occurs between March and May
  • Interviews are held in June
  • Semi-finalist and finalists are selected by end of September
  • Winner of the Fuller Challenge is announced in November

For more information or to enter, go to the Fuller Challenge.

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