Calling all nature-inspired innovators! The Biomimicry Institute is teaming up with SXSW Eco this year to present a special biomimicry track entitled “Nature, Innovation, and the Future of Design.” And their call for proposals is now open!
SXSW Eco, “creates a space for business leaders, investors, innovators and designers to drive economic, environmental and social change”. Their annual conference which follows SXSW Interactive, attended by over 30,000 per year, “celebrates innovation in technology and design that positively impacts the economy, environment and society”.
“Creating that marketplace for exchange of ideas and progressive thinking is what South by Southwest Eco is all about.” – Forbes
This partnership will help to shepherd biomimicry into mainstream culture and allows for the pollination of cross-sector, cross-industry collaboration within an annual gathering focused on innovation for good.
The goal of this biomimicry track is to inspire and create bridges beyond a very close-knit biomimicry community. With 7 hours of programming, the conference track focuses on finding the most unique 60 or 90 minute sessions that are interactive, engage the audience and will leave attendees wanting to not only learn more, but take that next step in creating partnerships, collaborating, and bringing biomimicry to the world.
Special Biomimicry Track Themes
- Nature’s Hidden Patterns: the patterns and processes that are always there, but elude the human eye (rapid fire presentations) – also open to poster displays during lunch hour
- New Insights & Discoveries: learning from related fields and science visualization
- Business as Nature: new models of decision making tools
- Beyond Biophilic Cities: solutions rooted in genius of place (a series of rapid fire presentations)
- This slot is reserved for submissions that do not fit into the above, but are a crowd favorite.
How to Submit Your Proposal
Because SXSW Eco utilizes a unique crowd-sourced system, each submission must go through their Panel Picker process.
The Biomimicry Institute will post additional information and submission guidelines shortly, so keep checking their page for more info.
Re-printed from the Biomimicry Institute. Photo credit: Aaron Rogosin