Congratulations to all our participants!!

Finalist teams from nine universities across the United States converged at the Biodesign Challenge Summit at the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) in New York City on June 23rd to showcase their projects and compete for the Glass Microbe.

The teams, chosen from more than 130 participating students, showcased projects at MoMA's Celeste Bartos Theater during the daylong summit. 

Keynote speakers included Paola Antonelli, MoMA's senior curator of architecture and design, and Suzanne Lee, creative director of Modern Meadow and founder of Biofabricate.

The student projects were on display at School of Visual Arts in New York City at a gallery show called Our Biotech Future(s): Student Projects from the Biodesign Challenge, which ran until July 1st, 2016.


2016 Winners

Overall Winner 


BIOESTERS: Tessa Callaghan, Gian Cui, Aleksandra Gosiewski, Aaron Nesser, Theanne Schiros, Asta Skocir 


Runner Up


MYOTOMATO: Andrew Cziraki, Victor Taboada, Darya Warner & John Wells


Autodesk Prize for Best Visualization


MUTUA: Mun Yi Cheng, Caleb Fisher, Fangyuan Hu, Brendan Ho, Ryan Odom, Anthony Stoffella & Xiangtia Sun



Christina Agapakis, Creative Director, Ginkgo Bioworks

Stefani Bardin, Faculty, Interactive Telecommunications Program, NYU; Food + Design, Parsons.

Andrew Hessel, Distinguished Researcher, Autodesk

Ellen Jorgensen, Executive Director, Genspace

Nancy J Kelley, Nancy J Kelley + Associates

Daniel Kevles, Stanley Woodward Professor Emeritus of History, History of Medicine & American Studies, Yale University 

Nicole Miller-Struttmann, Assistant Professor of Biology, SUNY Old Westbury  

Alondra Nelson, Dean of Social Science and Professor of Sociology and Gender Studies, Columbia University

Michael Solana, Vice President, Founders Fund 

Sputniko!, Artist and Art Director for the MIT Media Lab Design Fiction Group

Harris Wang, Assistant Professor of Pathology and Cell Biology, Columbia University


Banner image: BDC 2016 Gallery Show