2019 Winners

Overall Winner

Universidad de los Andes, Colombia

PSEUDOFREEZE: Juan Angulo, Laura Calderón, Paola Camacho, Isabel Pulido

Runner Up

Nest Makerspace

GIY BIO BUDDIES: Anne Hu, Trisha Sathish, Emily Takara

Outstanding Science

National Research University

Higher School of Economics, Moscow

MYCOKARST: Anna Budnikova

Outstanding Presentation

University of Technology, Sydney, Australia

DEATH ON MARS: Bronwyn Hallis, Amanda Han, Charles Yuncken

Outstanding Field Research

Nest Makerspace

GIY BIO BUDDIES: Anne Hu, Trisha Sathish, Emily Takara

Outstanding Social Critique

California Institute of the Arts

THE OTHER TOWNSEND: Marley E. Townsend

Outstanding Instructor

Corinne Okada Takara, Nest Makerspace

The ORTA Prize for Bioinspired Textiles Processes

RMIT University, Australia

ENZER: Nicole Esquieres, Jacky Fang, Matthew Modica, Kristine O'Loughlin, Georga Stewart

The Stella McCartney Prize for Sustainable Fashion

Fashion Institute of Technology

FLORA FUR: Isabella Bruski, Noah Silva

Summit Info


Congrats to all of our 2019 participants!

On June 20th and 21st, 37 teams from around the world gathered at the Museum of Modern Art and Parsons School of Design for the BDC Summit—an event that brings together finalist teams with leading voices in art, design, and biology. 

Over two days, finalist teams showcased projects before esteemed judges from academia, the arts, and industry to compete for prizes, including the coveted Glass Microbe. Teams were chosen from over 500 students from nine countries who worked throughout the academic year to develop their visions for the future of biotech. If you are a member of the press please click here.

Day two – June 21 – Livestream


Day 1, thursday, June 20

Summit, 8:30am – 6:00pm
Parsons School of Design
Tishman Auditorium
63 5th Avenue
New York, NY 10003

Reception and Exhibition, 7:00pm – 9:00pm
Parsons School of Design Making Center 
66 5th Avenue
New York, NY 10011

Day 1 Full Schedule Day

Day 2, friday, June 21

Summit, 8:30am – 6:00pm
Museum of Modern Art
Titus 1 Theater
11 West 53rd Street
New York, NY 10019

Day 2 Full Schedule



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Life in Reply
Student Projects from the Biodesign Challenge

June 20th – 21st

Parsons School of Design
The Sheila C. Johnson Design Center
66 Fifth Avenue, 2nd Floor
New York, NY 10011

Join us for the opening of LIFE IN REPLY, an exhibition of student projects from Biodesign Challenge 2019. The title attempts to frame biotechnology from the perspective of other-than-human systems students envisioned as part of the Challenge. Student projects portray materials, garments, foods, etc. created from the relationships they’ve developed with other species.

The 36 projects were chosen from 100+ developed throughout 2019 by university and high school students working with artists, designers, and scientists to explore the many possible ways biotechnology reconfigures humanity’s relationship with the living world.







  • Christina Agapakis, Ph.D., Creative Director, Ginkgo Bioworks

  • Julia Buntaine Hoel, Founding Director and Editor-in-Chief, SciArt Center and Magazine

  • Katayoun Chamany, Chair and Mohn Family Professor of Natural Sciences and Mathematics; Director of the University Labs at The New School

  • Natsai Audrey Chieza, Founder and Director, Faber Futures

  • Carrie Cizauskas, DVM, Ph.D., Manager of Publishing and Academic Relations, Zymergen, Inc.

  • Victoria Colangelo, Senior Vice President, MANA

  • Alison Cutlan, Founder, Cutlan Lab and Studio

  • Michelle Millar Fisher, Louis C. Madeira IV Assistant Curator of European Decorative Arts and Design, Philadelphia Museum of Art

  • Michael J. Flanagan, Ph.D., Founder and CEO, FlanaGen LLC

  • Laura Forlano, Associate Professor of Design, The Institute of Design; Affiliated Faculty in the College of Architecture, The Illinois Institute of Technology

  • Paul Freemont, Co-founder and Co-Director, National UK Innovation and Knowledge Centre for Synthetic Biology

  • Danya Glabau, Ph.D, Founder of Implosion Labs, LLC

  • Christine Gould, Founder, Thought For Food (TFF) Foundation

  • Karen Hogan, CEO and Cofounder, Biorealize, Inc.

  • Ryan Hoover, Artist, Researcher, and Professor of Digital and Biological Fabrication, Maryland Institute College of Art

  • Karen Ingram, Creative Director, Designer, and Co-Author,Biobuilder: Synthetic Biology in the Lab

  • Gillian Jarvis, Director of Design, Twist Bioscience

  • Nancy J Kelley, President and CEO, Nancy J Kelley + Associates

  • Grace Knight, Industrial Designer, Ecovative

  • David Sun Kong, Ph.D., Synthetic Biologist and Director, MIT Media Lab's Community Biotechnology Initiative

  • Todd Kuiken, Ph.D., Senior Research Scholar, North Carolina State University

  • Ani Liu, Lecturer in Architecture, Harvard University Graduate School of Design

  • Margaret MacDonald, Ph.D., Research chemist for the US Army Futures Command; part-time faculty at Maryland Institute College of Art

  • Laura Maher, Program Manager, Siegel Family Endowment

  • Melissa Marra-Alvarez, Curator of Education and Research, The Museum at FIT

  • Leslie Mitchell, Postdoctoral Fellow, Jef Boeke Lab at NYU Langone

  • Elliott Montgomery, Assistant Professor, Strategic Design, Parsons School of Design; Co-Founder of The Extrapolation Factory

  • William Myers, Curator, Teacher, and Author of Biodesign

  • Naomi Nakayama, Royal Society University Research Fellow, University of Edinburgh

  • Ann Neumann, Director of Galleries, MIT Museum

  • Hemai Parthasarathy, CSO and Partner, Breakout Ventures

  • Matteo Padovani, Innovation Designer, adidas Group

  • Jeanne Pfordresher, Adjunct Associate of Pratt Institute Industrial Design, Partner Hybrid Product Design

  • Jane Pirone, Associate Professor of Communication Design & Technology and Dean of the School of Design Strategies, Parsons School of Design

  • Sukanya Punthambaker, Ph.D., Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of Genetics, Harvard Medical School

  • Fiona Raby, Dunne & Raby

  • Antonio Regalado, Senior Editor, MIT Technology Review

  • Tarah Rhoda, Manager, SVA Bio Art Laboratory, School of Visual Arts

  • Sarah Richardson, CEO, MicroByre

  • Simone Ross, Cofounder and Chief Program Officer, Techonomy Media

  • Andrew Scarpelli, Assistant Professor, National Louis University

  • Theanne Schiros, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Science and Sustainability, FIT

  • Anja Scholze, Ph.D., Program Director for Biology + Design, The Tech Museum of Innovation

  • Cecilia Takayama, Director of the Materials Innovation Lab, Kering

  • Orkan Telhan, Ph.D., Co-founder and Chief Design Office, Biorealize, Inc. and Associate Professor of Fine Arts, University of Pennsylvania

  • Danielle Trofe, Founder, Danielle Trofe Design

  • Sedef Uncu Aki, Director of R&D and Planning and Operations, ORTA

  • Harris Wang, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Systems Biology, Columbia

  • Jake Wintermute, Head Teacher and Organizer, syntheticbiology1.com

  • Jiwon Woo, CEO and Creative Director, hypha design.

  • Sophie Zaaijer, Ph.D., Runway Startup Postdoc, Cornell Tech


  • NYU Tandon School of Engineering


  • Parsons School of Design

  • RMIT University

  • Rutgers

  • Universidad de los Andes

  • Universidad del Istmo

  • The University of British Columbia

  • UC Davis

  • University of Cincinnati

  • University of Michigan

  • University of New Mexico

  • University of Pennsylvania

  • University of Sydney

  • University of Technology, Sydney

  • University of Toledo

  • Zurich University of the Arts

  • Ball State University

  • California College of the Arts

  • California Institute of the Arts

  • The City College of New York

  • Columbia University

  • Delft University of Technology

  • Emily Carr University of Art + Design

  • Fashion Institute of Technology

  • Grace Church School

  • Harvard University

  • Higher School of Economics, Moscow

  • Kean University

  • Keio University

  • Massachusetts College of Art and Design

  • McGill University

  • The Nest

  • New Design High School



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.