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Biodesign Challenge

BDC is an education program that inspires students to imagine a more sustainable and equitable future using biotechnology, art, and design.

Founded: 2015 by Daniel Grushkin

  • Program Area

    Education, Arts & Culture
  • Location of Impact

    Africa, Asia, Australia, Europe, Latin America, United States
  • Headquarters Location

    New York City, New York, United States
  • Product Platforms

    Web
  • Budget

    $0 to $500,000

Founded in 2015, Biodesign Challenge (BDC) is a nonprofit competition and education program that connects high school and university students with artists, designers, and biologists to critique, create, and envision the future of biotechnology. Students ideate and create designs that address topics in architecture, food, medicine, materials, fashion, and more. Each June, teams showcase their projects at the BDC Summit before a global audience, including 60 interdisciplinary judges who award the coveted Glass Microbe.

Funders and Awards

Science Sandbox (an initiative of the Simons Foundation), Ginkgo Bioworks, Google, Siegel Family Endowment, National Endowment for the Arts, Twist Biosciences, Ecovative Design, SOSV Ventures