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. 


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  

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 access the recorded meeting through the link below. 

Curriculum Development Session Recording

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


Learn more about prizes here. 


Read more about the competition rules here

BDC 2018 Important Dates


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 6th, 12pm EST: Welcome Webinar. BDC organizers welcome participating universities to BDC 2018. The presentation will be recorded.

February TBA: Webinar

March TBA: Webinar

April 2nd: Midterm Check-In

April TBA: Webinar Session

April 20: Teams declare that they are competing for individual Special Prizes (PETA Prize for Animal Free Wool, Food and Agriculture Prize)

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: Gallery De-Install. All teams must return to the gallery to collect their exhibition pieces. All pieces that are not picked up after June 23rd will be discarded. BDC takes no responsibility for returning items left at the gallery show.