New York City's Community Biolab

Projects > Biodesign Challenge

Collaborators: Ellen D. Jorgensen, Ph.D.

The Biodesign Challenge (BDC) offers art and design students the opportunity to envision the future applications of biotechnology in a competition that highlights student work. BDC’s goal is three fold: to prepare young artists and designers for working with emerging biotech; to build collaborations between artists, designers, and biologists; and to engage the public with visions for the future applications of biotechnology. As biotech finds its way into our world and products, future designers need a full understanding of the debates surrounding it so when they are asked to design with living systems, they do so thoughtfully and ethically. Visit