Biodesign Challenge Summit 2017


On June 22nd and 23rd, 24 student teams from 22 universities around the world will gather at the Biodesign Challenge Summit at the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) in New York City. The teams, chosen from more than 400 participating students, will showcase their projects and compete for prizes including the Glass Microbe. 

School of Visual Arts will host a gallery opening of the projects on the evening of June 22. Stay tuned for more details. 



The team with the winning project—the Glass Microbe goes to the project with the highest score with regards to the judging criteria and a vote among the judges. Note that the "Considerations" criteria are weighted twice as much as the other two sections.



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



The world will need to feed 9 billion people by 2050. The INTREXON FOOD + AGRICULTURE PRIZE is awarded to the team that explores and/or develops proofs of concept for the most compelling biotech project that addresses agriculture, food production, packaging, or distribution. We ask the teams to consider all aspects of nourishment including environmental impact, lifecycle, and scale. Students should explore how their vision is compatible with today’s food industry and how it might propel it.



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.