2018 Biodesign Challenge Summit

On June 21st and 22nd of 2018, 30 student teams from 30 universities around the world will gather at the Biodesign Challenge Summit in New York City.

Registration to participate in the 2018 summit is now open and runs until November 6, 2017. 


Prizes

 

OVERALL PRIZE: 

The overall winner of the Biodesign Challenge will take home the Glass Microbe, which will be passed to each year’s winners. Created by artist Luke Jerram, the Glass Microbe is a unique artwork and symbol of the intersection of art, design, and biology. 
 

RUNNER UP:

The Runner Up Prize goes to the team with the second highest score with regard to the judging criteria and a vote among the judges. 

 

BEST FIELD RESEARCH:

The Best Field Research Prize goes to the team that takes the initiative to go out into the field and interview experts as well as potentially affected communities in order to find and understand the real social impacts of their project.

 

BEST SCIENCE:

The Best Science Prize is awarded to the team that designs and executes outstanding scientific experiments, exhibits mastery of traditional lab techniques, as well as analyzes, interprets, and best communicates scientific data. These students not only obtain an adept understanding of systems and structures in a scientific framework, but also consider the ethics and reproducibility of their work.

 

BEST PRESENTATION:

The Best Presentation Prize is awarded to the team that puts the most thought and effort into the design of their project, creates the best visual rendering, designs the best posters and models, and delivers an outstanding presentation at the 2018 Biodesign Challenge Summit. 

 

PETA PRIZE FOR ANIMAL FREE WOOL:

The PETA prize will be awarded to the team that explores and/or develops proofs of a concept for a sustainable biomaterial that could replace animal wool. The student teams should take into consideration the material’s lifecycle, production processes, disposal, and potential for recycling, as well as how the biomaterial manufacturing process might scale up to be compatible with or even propel today’s garment industry.

 

 

About The Glass Microbe

 

The overall winner of the Biodesign Challenge will take home the Glass Microbe. Each year, it will be passed to the winner. Created by UK artist Luke Jerram, the Glass Microbe is a unique artwork and symbol of the intersection of art, design and biology. 

Jerram’s Glass Microbiology sculptures have been shown in museums around the world, including The Metropolitan Museum of Art and The Corning Museum of Glass in New York and the Wellcome Collection, London. In 2014-15 his sculptures were presented at ArtScience Museum, Singapore alongside Leonardo Da Vinci’s Codex Atlanticus


 

Banner image: Francisco Schmidt, MoMA.