On April 11th, Deckard Sorensen and Miguel Galvaz’s Namib Beetle Design won top prize at the Boston College Venture Competition. A biomimicry-inspired product based on the Namib Desert Beetle, the design uses nanotechnology to trap water from condensation to produce a sustainable method of collecting clean drinking water. Top honors them $10,000 to continue improving their product.
Deckard started with the Namib Beetle idea as his final project design in Professor Anamarija Frankic’s biomimicry class at the University of Massachusetts Boston. They submitted their project to the Biomimicry Institute student design competition. Although the team was not selected they were even more inspired and continued improving the project design with their friends from different disciplines.
As their advisor and Center for Governance and Sustainability Project Director, Anamarija Frankic believes, “the key for success was the team work in doing biomimicry and applying nature’s solutions.”
For more information on the competition click here.