2015 Fuller Challenge Award Ceremony

Thursday, November 19, 2015, 6 - 8pm

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The Buckminster Fuller Institute (BFI) is pleased to announce the Winner of the 2015 Fuller Challenge: GreenWave, a non-profit organization that has designed the world’s first multi-species 3D ocean farms. GreenWave aims to restore ocean ecosystems and create jobs in coastal communities by transforming fishers into restorative ocean farmers. The project was submitted by GreenWave Executive Director Bren Smith.

In partnership with the Cooper Union Institute for Sustainable Design, The Buckminster Fuller Institute will celebrate the work of the Winner of the 2015 Fuller Challenge and five Finalists on the evening of November 19th at the Wythe Hotel in Brooklyn. Please join us to honor the accomplishments of these outstanding teams.

The evening will entail a short program about the Fuller Challenge, followed by the awarding of the Omnioculi prize sculpture and $100,000 check to the Winner of the Challenge.

Event Details:
6-7pm: Cocktail hour
7-8pm: Award Program

Please enter through the back of the Wythe Hotel on N 12th Street - you will enter through the courtyard rather than the hotel entrance.

The actual costs of the event are approximately $60 per guest, however, in an effort to make this event free and open to the public, the BFI is asking for a suggested donation. Your donation will support the Fuller Challenge and other BFI programming.

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