Biodesign Challenge Summit 2018

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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 21st at the Museum of Modern Art for Biodesign Challenge Summit 2018. Twenty-seven teams from nine countries will present their visions for the future of biotechnology. The finalists were chosen from over 400 students who worked throughout the academic year with art and design professors, scientists, and subject-matter experts to develop their projects.

The Summit will bring together an audience of over 200 people, and include a judging panel of prominent experts from across academia, the arts, and industry to select the winning projects.

On the evening of June 21st, join us at a reception at Parsons School of Design to celebrate the opening of Nature/PostNature, a gallery show of the student projects.

PLEASE NOTE: Tickets provide admission to student presentations on Day 1 only. Day 2 of the Summit will be livestreamed on our YouTube channel.

BDC 2018 Livestream Link - June 22nd


Morning Session

10:00 - 10:30: Morning Registration

10:30 - 12:10: Student Presentations

Bartos Theater:

  1. School of the Art Institute of Chicago

  2. University of Sydney

  3. University of Toledo

  4. Drexel University

  5. Universidad del Istmo

Titus Theater:

  1. Parsons School of Design - Team 1

  2. Ghent University

  3. Fashion Institute of Technology

  4. University of California, Davis

  5. University of Edinburgh

Afternoon Session

1:30 - 2:00: Afternoon Registration

2:00 - 3:40: Student Presentations

Bartos Theater

  1. Maryland Institute College of Art

  2. Illinois Institute of Technology

  3. École Boulle

  4. Rutgers University

  5. City College of New York

Titus Theater

  1. New York University, ITP

  2. Keio University

  3. Arizona State University

  4. University of British Columbia

  5. California Institute of the Arts

3:40 - 3:50: Break

3:50 - 5:00: Student Presentations

Bartos Theater

  1. Georgetown University

  2. McGill University

  3. Parsons School of Design - Team 2

Titus Theater

  1. New York University, IDM

  2. Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

  3. Universidad de los Andes

7:00 - 9:00: Reception/Gallery Exhibition at Parsons School of Design


  • Arizona State University

  • California Institute of the Arts, School of Critical Studies

  • The City College of New York

  • Drexel University

  • École Boulle/CRI, Paris

  • Fashion Institute of Technology, NY

  • Georgetown University

  • Illinois Institute of Technology

  • Keio University, Japan

  • McGill University

  • Maryland Institute College of Art

  • New York University, IDM

  • New York University, ITP

  • Parsons School of Design, NY

  • Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, NY

  • Rutgers University, NJ

  • School of the Art Institute of Chicago

  • University of California, Davis

  • Universidad de Los Andes, Colombia

  • Universidad del Istmo, Guatemala

  • University of British Columbia

  • University of Edinburgh, UK

  • Ghent University

  • University of Sydney

  • University of Toledo


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

Suzanne Anker,
Fine Arts Chair, School of Visual Arts

Amber Benezra, Ph.D., Director of Science and Technology Studies, NYU Tandon School of Engineering

Marnie Benney, Gallery Director at the Pennsylvania College of Art and Design

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

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

Alison Dell, P.h.D., Assistant Professor of Biology, St. Francis College

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

Kirby Gookin, Professor, New York University and The School of Visual Arts

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

Gigi Gronvall, Ph.D., Senior Scholar, Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security

Odile Hainaut, Co-Founder, WantedDesign

Karen Hogan, Ph.D., CEO and Cofounder, Biorealize, Inc.

Gillian Jarvis, Director of Design, Twist Bioscience

Nancy J Kelley, JD, MPP, President and CEO, Nancy J Kelley + Associates

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

Claire Pijoulat, Co-Founder, WantedDesign

Margaret MacDonald, Ph.D., Freelance Curator, Maryland Institute College of Art

Matilda McQuaid, Deputy Director of Curatorial and Head of the Textiles Department, Cooper Hewitt Smithsonian Design Museum

William Myers, Curator, Teacher, and Author of Biodesign

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

Hannah Star Rogers, Ph.D., Visiting Scholar, University of Edinburgh and Chief Curator of Art’s Work in the Age of Biotech

Laura Stankiewicz, Relationship Manager, Siegel Family Endowment (SFE)

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

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

Elizabeth Wissinger, Ph.D., Professor of Fashion Studies and Sociology, City University of New York

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

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
6 Hours: $25

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

Icon Parking, 57-59 W 53rd St
(212) 586-0169
6 Hours: $25

Modern Parking, 666 Fifth Avenue
(212) 581-1154
6 Hours: $40

Parsons School of Design Making Center
Sheila C. Johnson Design Center
66 5th Ave, New York, NY 10011
Entrance on 5th Avenue and 13th Street.

Nearest Trains:
4, 5, 6 - 14 St - Union Square
1, 2, 3 - 14 St - Union Square
N, Q, R - 14 St - Union Square
L - 14 St - Union Square
F, M, L - 14 St / 6 Av

From MoMA:

Take F towards Coney Island - Stillwell Ave from 57 St to 14 St / 6 Av

Nearest Parking:

Icon, 110 E 16th St
(212) 473-9056
2 Hours: $35

iPark, 17 East 14th Street, New York, NY 10003. Entrance on 14th St.
(212) 691-5786
2 Hours: $35

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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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