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Named after R. Buckminster Fuller, the renowned 20th century inventor and visionary, the Buckminster Fuller Challenge seeks pioneering solutions that align with Fuller’s call to “make the world work for 100% of humanity, in the shortest possible time, through spontaneous cooperation, without ecological offense or the disadvantage of anyone.” This year’s open call for solutions, now in its eighth cycle, attracted over 400 entries from 136 countries across a diversity of disciplines.

Related: 15 awe-inspiring semi-finalists announced for the 2015 Buckminster Fuller Challenge

Though the finalists differ from one another in focus, they all share similar themes, such as sustainability, whether environmental or social. The majority of the proposals this year address responsible and innovative resource management that combines natural systems with modern technology. The 2015 Buckminster Fuller Challenge finalists include: Algae Systems, Community Architects Network, Drylands Resilience Initiative and HAZEL, the non-profit GreenWave, the Mahila Housing SEWA Trust, and the Nubian Vault Programme. You can learn more about the finalists and the semi-finalists in our previous Buckminster Fuller Challenge announcement.

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