Biodesign Challenge 2018


Summit logistics
 

Summit Dates: June 21st and 22nd, 2018 from 9:00 AM - 5:30 PM

Summit Location: 

The Modern Museum of Art
The Roy and Niuta Titus Theater 2
11 W 53rd St, New York, NY 10019

Please check in at The Ronald S. and Jo Carole Lauder building entrance (MoMA Film entrance)

Students must submit their final presentations in Keynote or Powerpoint format in 16:9 aspect ratio by June 14th at 11:59 EST via this Google FormPlease submit any embedded video files separately as MP4 files. THIS IS A HARD DEADLINE: Updated versions of your presentation will not be accepted after June 14th. 

  • Please arrive at MoMA at 9:00 AM on June 21st and check in at the registration table.
  • Each team will have 20 minutes total on stage (15 minutes to present and 5 minutes to answer questions from judges). 
  • Presentation order for the 21st is listed in the agenda below. Please take note of which theater you are presenting in.
  • We have reserved six theater seats per university for students, instructors, and mentors.
  • Lunch will be provided both days of the Summit. There will be vegan, vegetarian, and gluten-free options available. 
  • Family and friends are only permitted to attend student presentations on the 21st and can purchase tickets through Eventbrite. All events on the 22nd will be livestreamed on our Youtube Channel.   

***All teams must be ready to present on June 22***

During opening remarks on the morning of the 22nd, we will announce the 8 contenders for the overall prize. These teams must be in the Titus 2 theater and ready to present at their allotted time. If they miss their allotted time they will be disqualified. All teams at the Summit are still eligible to win special prizes and must attend the award ceremony. 

Learn more about BDC Summit 2018 Speakers, Judges, and Prizes

 

Gallery Show Logistics
 

Opening and Reception: June 21st from 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Gallery Show Location:

Parsons School of Design Making Center
Sheila C. Johnson Design Center
66 5th Ave, New York, NY 10011

Entrance on 5th Avenue and 13th Street

Gallery Show Installation

Installation will take place on June 19th from 12 PM - 7 PM and June 20th from 10 AM - 8 PM at Parsons School of Design Making Center.

  • Each team will have 3 feet of wall space for a 24x36” poster and 3 feet of display space on a table for objects. 
  • If teams have a video they would like to show, they must bring their own laptop or tablet for display.
  • We will be sending a layout with space assignments soon.

Gallery Show De-Installation

June 24th - 25th: All teams must return to the gallery to collect their exhibition pieces. All pieces that are not picked up after 12:00 PM ET on June 25th will be discarded. BDC takes no responsibility for returning items left at the gallery show. Students are welcome to take projects from gallery prior to June 25th. 

Please share the gallery show invitation with family and friends.

Gallery Show Invitation


Student Mixer

Date: June 23rd from 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Mixer Location: 

Parsons School of Design Making Center
Sheila C. Johnson Design Center
66 5th Ave, New York, NY 10011

Please join us for a mixer and networking session on the afternoon of June 23rd! This is your chance to get to know other BDC participants from around the world. Pizza and soda will be provided. 

RSVP for the Mixer


upcoming Important Dates

June 14: Final Presentations and Video File Submission due (no exceptions.) Teams are required to submit their final presentations over Google Drive in either Powerpoint or Keynote in a 16:19 aspect ratio with separate video files. Late submissions will not be accepted. Submit through this Google Form. 

June 19 - 20: Gallery Installation. We ask that students must come in on either day to set up for the gallery show. Install will take place on June 19th from 12 PM - 7 PM and June 20th from 10 AM - 8 PM. 

June 21 - 22: BDC Summit 2018

June 23rd, 11AM ET: Instructor Feedback Session, Parsons School of Design 

June 23rd, 2PM ET: Student and Instructor Mixer, Parsons School of Design

June 24th - 25th: Gallery De-Install. All teams must return to the gallery to collect their exhibition pieces. All pieces that are not picked up after 12:00 PM ET on June 25th will be discarded. BDC takes no responsibility for returning items left at the gallery show. Students are welcome to take projects from gallery prior to June 25th. 


BDC Summit Agenda

Thursday, June 21st - Day 1

9:00 - 9:30:        Registration

9:30 - 9:50:        Welcome Address

9:50 - 10:20:       Speaker: Christina Agapakis

10:20 - 10:30:      Break

10:30  - 12:10:     Team Presentations

Bartos Theater:

  1. School of the Art Institute of Chicago
  2. University of Sydney
  3. University of Toledo
  4. Drexel University
  5. Universidad del Istmo

Titus Theater:

  1. Parsons School of Design - Team 1
  2. Ghent University
  3. Fashion Institute of Technology
  4. University of California, Davis
  5. University of Edinburgh

12:10 -1:30:         Lunch

1:30 - 2:00:         Speaker: Alondra Nelson

2:00 - 3:40:        Team Presentations  

Bartos Theater:

  1. Maryland Institute College of Art
  2. Illinois Institute of Technology
  3. École Boulle
  4. Rutgers University
  5. City College of New York

Titus Theater:

  1. New York University, ITP
  2. Keio University
  3. Arizona State University
  4. University of British Columbia
  5. California Institute of the Arts

3:40 - 3:50:         Break

3:50 - 4:50:         Team Presentations

Bartos Theater:

  1. Georgetown University
  2. McGill University
  3. Parsons School of Design - Team 2

Titus Theater:

  1. New York University, IDM
  2. Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
  3. Universidad de los Andes

4:50 - 5:10:        Closing Remarks

7:00 - 9:00:        Reception/Gallery Show at Parsons School of Design

 

Friday, JUNE 22ND - Day 2

 

9:00 - 9:30         Registration

9:30 - 9:40:         Introduction and Announcement of Top 8 Teams

9:40 - 10:10:        Speaker: Orkan Telhan

10:10 - 11:30:       Finalist Team Presentations

  1. Team 1
  2. Team 2
  3. Team 3
  4. Team 4

11:30 - 11:40:       Break

11:40 - 1:00:        Team Presentations

  1. Team 1
  2. Team 2
  3. Team 3
  4. Team 4

1:00 - 2:20:         Lunch

2:20 - 2:50:        Speaker: Claire Bergkamp

2:50 - 3:50         Animal–Free Wool Prize Finalists

  1. Maryland Institute College of Art
  2. Fashion Institute of Technology
  3. Universidad de los Andes

3:50 - 4:20:         Break

4:20 - 5:00:         Award Ceremony


Staff

Please feel free to contact BDC staff at any time. We are available to give feedback on student projects throughout the semester, but request that meetings be scheduled two weeks in advance. 
 

Daniel Grushkin, Program Director
dgrushkin@genspace.org

Alison Irvine, Program Manager
airvine@genspace.org

Veena Vijayakumar, Program Associate  
vvijayakumar@genspace.org


Welcome Professors!

We're so excited that your classroom will be joining us. As you know, the Biodesign Challenge (BDC) offers university students the opportunity to envision the future of biotechnology in a competition that highlights their work. 

Over Spring Semester 2018, university classrooms of students from around the world will partner with biologists and subject-matter experts to explore novel uses of biotech and/or their potential implications. In June, each university will choose one team to showcase a project at the BDC Summit at the Museum of Modern Art in New York City.

The information below includes resources and important dates to help you plan your course. 


BDC 2018 Instructor Resources

Below are a list of curriculum resources to build or add to your syllabus. We recommend that you explore 'Biodesign Basics" before moving on to specific theme areas. 


Online Library of Curriculum Materials

Biodesign Basics Curriculum Guide 


Curriculum Development Sessions

Dan and Alison will introduce BDC’s online library of curriculum materials and discuss helpful readings for building your syllabi. Each of these sessions will cover the same material; instructors who cannot attend one session can tune into another. 

All of the curriculum development sessions have ended. You can view the recorded meeting below. 

Curriculum Development Session Recording

 
 

BDC 2018 Webinars

This year, for the first time, the Biodesign Challenge will host a series of webinars created for participating students and instructors. These webinars serve as an additional resource for your Biodesign Challenge course curriculum. You can access each session through this Adobe Connect link. Once each session is complete, you can find the recorded version below. 

February 20th, 12pm EST: Synthetic Biology, Biodesign, and Society with Dr. Jane Calvert

 
 

February 27th, 12pm EST: Animal-Free Wool Prize Info Session with PETA, Stella McCartney and Stray Dog Capital 

 
 

March 14th, 12pm EST: The Unique Challenges of Designing with Life with Dr. Karen Hogan

 
 

Course Summary Form

This form will help us match your classroom with the most appropriate resources and expert consultants. Once the form has been submitted, we'll send a list of resources relevant to your class and will begin suggesting experts.

Submit Google Form by December 15th. 


Sample Curricula

Echo Chic: Living Art, Fall 2015
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
Professor: Kathy High

Integrative Design Studio: Biological Design, Fall 2015
University of Pennsylvania
Professors: Orkan Telhan & Karen Hogan 

Biodesign Challenge Club Activity, Spring 2017
Fashion Institute of Technology
Professor: Theanne Schiros


BDC Summit 2018

Dates: June 21st and 22nd, 2018
 

Prizes

Learn more about prizes here. 


Rules 

Read more about the competition rules here


BDC 2018 Timeline

 

Fall Semester

September 5th: First round of registration opens.

September 12th: Second round of registration opens

November 6th: Registration closes

November 16th, November 28th, December 6th: Curriculum Development Sessions. Dan and Alison will introduce BDC’s online library of curriculum materials and discuss helpful readings for building your syllabi.

December 15: Class Description and Theme Form Due. We require professors to complete a short form so our staff can begin matching them with relevant scientific experts. Once the form has been submitted, professors will receive a suggested list of resources relevant to their theme and will be paired with scientific experts.

 

Spring Semester

January - February: BDC 2018 Classes begin

February 5th: Syllabus and names and emails of participating students due

February 20th, 12pm EST: Webinar #1: Synthetic Biology, Biodesign, and Society with Dr. Jane Calvert

February 27th, 12pm EST: Webinar #2: Animal-Free Wool Prize Info Session with PETA, Stella McCartney and Stray Dog Capital

March 14th, 12pm EST: Webinar #3: The Unique Challenges of Designing with Life with Dr. Karen Hogan

April 2nd: Midterm Check-In

April 20: Teams declare that they are competing for the PETA Prize for Animal Free Wool

June 4: Submit all Team Presentations and & Description forms

June 14: Final Presentations and Video File Submission (no exceptions) Teams are required to submit their final presentations over Google Drive in either PPT or Keynote with separate video files. Late submissions will not be accepted.

June 19 - 20: Gallery Installation

June 21 - 22: BDC Summit 2018

June 23rd, 11AM ET: Instructor Feedback Session 

June 23rd, 2PM ET: Student and Instructor Social Hour

June 25th: Gallery De-Install. All teams must return to the gallery to collect their exhibition pieces. All pieces that are not picked up after 12:00 PM ET on June 25th will be discarded. BDC takes no responsibility for returning items left at the gallery show. Students are welcome to take projects from gallery prior to June 25th.