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Biodesign Challenge Summit 2017

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The Museum of Modern Art

The Roy and Niuta Titus Theater 2

11 W 53rd St, New York, NY 10019

New York, NY 10019

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Please join us on June 22nd and 23rd, 2017 at the Museum of Modern Art for the 2017 Biodesign Challenge Summit. Twenty-four teams from 22 universities across the world will present their visions for the future of biotechnology. The finalists were chosen from 400 students who worked throughout the academic year with art and design professors, scientists, and subject-matter experts to develop their projects.

The two-day Summit will bring together artists, designers, scientists, historians, and entrepreneurs to speak select the winning designs.

Following the Summit, celebrate the students' achievements at a reception and gallery opening at the School of Visual Arts (SVA) on the evening of June 22nd, 2017.

RSVP by June 12th, 2017



9:30 -10:00: Registration

10:00 - 10:10: Welcome Address

10:10 - 10:40: Keynote Speaker

10:40 - 11:40: Three Team Presentations

11:40 - 11:50: Break

11:50 - 1:10: Four Team Presentations

1:20 - 2:40: Lunch

2:40 - 3:40: Three Team Presentations

3:40 - 4:10: Speaker

4:10 - 5:10 Three Team Presentations

5:10 - 5:20: Closing Remarks

7:00 - 9:00: Reception/Gallery Exhibit at School of Visual Arts


9:30 -10:00: Registration

10:00 - 10:05: Welcome

10:05 - 10:35: Keynote Speaker

10:35 -11:55: Four Team Presentations

11:55 - 12:10: Break

12:10 - 1:10 : Three Team Presentations

1:10 - 2:30: Lunch

2:30 - 3:50: Four Team Presentations

3:50 - 4:20: Speaker

4:20 - 4:35 : Break

4:35 - 5:20 Award Ceremony and Closing Remarks


  • Arizona State University

  • ArtEZ University of the Arts, the Netherlands

  • California Institute of the Arts, Program in Experimental Animation

  • California Institute of the Arts, School of Critical Studies

  • Central Saint Martins, UK

  • Fashion Institute of Technology, NY

  • Kent State University, OH

  • Maryland Institute College of Art

  • New York University, ITP

  • OCAD University, Canada

  • Parsons The New School for Design, NY

  • Pratt Institute, School of Architecture, NY

  • Pratt Institute, School of Design, NY

  • Royal College of Art, UK

  • Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, NY

  • School of Visual Arts, NY

  • Universidad de Los Andes, Colombia

  • Universidad del Istmo, Guatemala

  • University of Applied Sciences in Saarbrücken, Germany

  • University of Minnesota

  • University of Colorado Denver

  • University of Edinburgh, UK

  • University of Westminster, UK

  • University of Pennsylvania


Jenifer Wightman, Research Associate at Cornell and Part-Time Lecturer at Parsons

Nancy J Kelley, Nancy J Kelley + Associates

Harris H. Wang, PhD, Assistant Professor of Systems Biology, Columbia University

Kirby Gookin, Professor of Critical Studies in the Department of Art and Art Professions at NYU, and the Department of Art History at The School of Visual Arts

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

Daniel Beiting, Research Assistant Professor, School of Veterinary Medicine, University of Pennsylvania

Christine Gould, Founder and CEO, Thought For Food Foundation

Gillian Jarvis, Lead Visual Designer, Twist Bioscience

Anthony Dunne, Professor of Design and Emerging Technology, Parsons

Todd Kuiken, Senior Research Scholar, North Carolina State University

Heather Dewey-Hagborg, Transdisciplinary Artist and Educator

Jeanne Garbarino, Director of Science Outreach, The Rockefeller University

Hannah Rogers, Lecturer of Science, Technology, and Society, University of Virginia

Megan Palmer, Senior Research Scholar, Center for International Security and Cooperation (CISAC), Stanford University

Will Myers, Curator, teacher, and Writer of "Biodesign"

Denise Hoffman Brandt, Associate Professor and Director of Graduate Landscape Architecture Program, City College of New York

Kim de Mora, Director of Development, iGEM Foundation

Oliver Medvedik, Director, The Maurice Kanbar Center for Biomedical Research, The Cooper Union

Amy Whitaker, Assistant Professor, Visual Arts Administration at NYU Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development

Irwin Adam Eydelnant, Founder and Creative Scientist, Food Future Studio

Sekhar Boddupalli, Senior Vice President, Food Sector, Intrexon Corporation

Gigi Gronvall, Senior Associate, Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security and Visiting Faculty, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.

Amber Benezra, Visiting Scholar of Anthropology, New York University

Margaret MacDonald, Freelance Curator, Maryland Institute College of Art

Paul Freemont, Co-Director of the Centre for Synthetic Biology and Innovation, Co-Director of the UK Innovation and Knowledge Centre for Synthetic Biology, and SynbiCITE, Imperial College London

Katayoun Chamany, Associate Professor of Biology, Chair of Interdisciplinary Science; Project Shepherd and Director of University Science Labs, Eugene Lang College The New School for Liberal Arts

The Modern Museum of Art (MoMA)
The Roy and Niuta Titus Theater 2
11 W 53rd St, New York, NY 10019

Please check in at The Ronald S. and Jo Carole Lauder building entrance (MoMA Film entrance) east of the main entrance on W 53rd st.

Nearest Trains:
E, M - 5 Ave/53 St
B, D, F, M - 47 - 50 St - Rockefeller Center
N, Q, R - 57 St - 7 Ave
F - 57 St
1 - 50 St

Nearest Parking:

Quik Park, 77 W 55 St (between 5th and 6th Ave)
(212) 581-4025
24 Hours: $45

Cityspire, 150 West 56th Street (Between 6th & 7th)
(212) 265-0841
10 Hours: $31.26

Icon, 57-59 West 53rd Street New York, NY 10019 Between 5th & 6th Ave)
(212) 586-0169
10 Hours: $60

SP + Parking, 140 West 51st Street, New York, NY 10020
(800) 836-6666
24 Hours: $41.39

School of Visual Arts (SVA)
335 W 16th St, New York, NY 10011
Entrance on W 16th St between 8th and 9th Ave.

Nearest Trains:
A, C, E - 14 St
1, 2, 3 - 14 St - Union Square
L - 8 Ave

From MoMA:

Take E towards World Trade Center from 5 Ave/53 St to 14 St.

Nearest Parking:

Icon, 85 Eighth Avenue New York, NY 10011 (Between 8th & 9th Aves)
(212) 807-8125
2 Hours: $52

iPark, 250 West 19th Street, New York, NY 10011 (Between 7th Ave. & 8th Ave)
(646) 638-3558
2 Hours: $25.00

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