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.
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
Alison Irvine, Program Manager
Veena Vijayakumar, Program Associate
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.
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 2018 Important Dates
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.
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 15: 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.