Welcome to the Most Comprehensive Contest of Ideas Inspired by Nature

Nature Contest is the most comprehensive annual contest of ideas inspired by nature. Individual participants from all disciplines and regions of the world are invited to participate. Participants can enter one of the following three categories. 1. The design concept for nature gadget, 2. The written idea on nature policy or 3. Portfolio of previous work inspired by nature. Each category is described in detail below.
  • Design Concept of Nature Gadget
Artists, Architects, engineers, sculptors, technologists, inventors, concept artists, product designers and all those people who observe nature uniquely in their own way- and who can visualize their imagination through sketches, models, drawings, 3D renders or in any other visual media, are invited to participate in this category. Design concepts should be thought-provoking, bold and inspired directly or indirectly from different processes of nature. Please, check out the illustrations of Leonardo da Vinci and visit NatureGadget.com for early inspiration. It is entirely up to the participants, how they visualize and share their ideas. The only restriction is Two (02) A3 size sheets in landscape orientation. Please check submission page for guidelines.
  • Written Idea for Nature Policy
Researchers, writers, planners, policy-makers, environmentalists, activists, storytellers, poets, dreamers and all those people who have evolved their unique ideas to a point where they can write them down, are invited to participate in this category. Powerful ideas must be in some way related to nature. Ideas may be articulated in the form of an essay, fictional story, a poem or any other writing genre. The only restriction is English language and 1500 words limit. For early inspiration, please visit different resources mentioned on NaturePolicy.com. Visit submission page for guidelines.
  • Nature Tutor Portfolio
Send in your CV and portfolio if you have worked on projects inspired from nature. For example, art exhibitions, design works, research articles, publications etc. All profiles will be uploaded on NatureTutor.com and shared all across our media partners. For inspiration, visit NatureTutor.com and see the submission page for guidelines.
  • Submission Deadline (All three categories): 15 SEPTEMBER, 2020
  • Results (All three categories): 10 NOVEMBER, 2020
  • Publication of Book: MID-DECEMBER, 2020
Top 10 Nature Gadgets
Top ten design concepts will receive equal cash prizes, certificates and will be published in Nature Tutor magazine. All entries will be published online on NatureGadget.com.
Top 10 Nature Policies
Top ten written entries will receive equal cash prizes, certificates and will be published in Nature Tutor magazine. All entries will be published online on NaturePolicy.com.
Top 10 Nature Tutors
Individuals with top ten inspiring portfolios will receive equal cash prizes, certificates and will be published in Nature Tutor magazine. Top ten profiles will be uploaded permanently on NatureTutor.com.
List of jurors will be updated soon.
Participation in Nature Contest is FREE.
Please, email us your questions by 10 April, 2020 at: info@naturecontest.com Answers to frequent questions will be shared here on 15 April, 2020.
Please, submit your entry in any ONE of the three categories.

Description

Taking inspiration from the processes of nature is called biomimicry which is found in the history of all professions. Everything we see in nature including ourselves is an outcome of 4.2 billion years of research and development. Our own mental capacity is linked to our understanding of nature. It is easy for us to see how technology has changed in the last 20 years because we are at the receiving end of technology. But the creators of technology know that this transformation would not have been possible without new lessons from nature. The way we understand nature today is radically different from the way we understood it only a few decades ago. For example, once we considered the brain as the CPU of a body centrally processing all its functions. But over the last few decades, we have discovered that even skin alone can adapt to multiple changes at the same time (through molecular-level reorganizations). And that our immune system is actually a complex adaptive system. This new knowledge of complexity in natural systems has made organisms much different from how they appeared only a few decades ago. So, how do you see nature today? Do you think that nature can guide us in solving the problems of humanity? Also, what stops you from envisioning a future inspired by nature? Is it lengthy protocols of publishing scientific research or is it our school culture that discourages asking questions? Nature Contest invites you to think big and bold without worrying about details. We are looking for the essence of your revolutionary thought- albeit articulated clearly either through drawing or through writing. If you can propose a nature-inspired design solution to a self-identified problem or a policy which benefits entire humanity, Nature Contest is looking for you.

Getting Started

We suggest that you start off by looking at the sketches of Abbas Ibn Firnas and Leonardo da Vinci. Da Vinci combined different compounds to make his own color pigments and went on as far as digging up graves. He would dissect human organs to understand their anatomy and his cross-sectional sketches are published in medical books to date. According to him, if we could mimic the shape, size, mechanics and proportions of a bird in a scaled-up version of similar machine then that machine would fly as well. This theoretical premise turned out to

be untrue but it laid down the foundations for research which transformed the way we travel today. Similarly, Sir Richard Buckminster Fuller would famously gather up his students before the start of his lecture. He would ask them to find out only the latest published research on a given topic. Once the students had caught up with the latest research, Fuller would share his thoughts from that point onward. It is tragic that such passion seems to be becoming rare now. Our educational system effaces the natural curiosity of a child and we get bombarded by endless images, news and information all the time. We do not feel the need to observe nature and create with da Vinci’s tenacity or Fuller’s rigor. On the other hand, those of us who take the initiative find out soon enough that it is nearly impossible for an individual to invent new technology. There are two main reasons for it.

Firstly, technology has advanced to a point where companies not individuals- and most companies that collaborate with other companies- have the resources to make technological innovation. Secondly, the patenting process has become way too complex and expensive for most individuals to begin with. The silver lining in this however, is that young visionaries are now compelled to dream bigger. Extraordinary individuals have no choice but to envision a future at the scale of humanity. Nature Contest is committed to promoting such talent. We create space between unfounded dreams and over-structured research. We encourage free thought but a well-informed and well-articulated vision. If you have an idea so big or so deep that it seems silly to you, or you believe that you cannot execute it alone then Nature Contest is the place for you to compete with other revolutionaries like yourself.

Winning entries from all three categories will be published in Nature Tutor magazine 2020.