Highlights From the 2016 Biodesign Challenge Summit

The first annual Biodesign Challenge Summit and awards ceremony was held last Thursday at the Museum of Modern Art; the finalists' projects are on display at the School of Visual Arts in New York ("Our Biotech Future(s): Student Projects from the Biodesign Challenge") from June 23 to July 1, 2016.

Nine teams from schools across the country presented their art-, design-, and biology-melding inventions on eight different themes to a panel of 13 judges.

The projects (both real and conceptual) imagined steak-replacing tomatoes...

School of Visual Arts | Myo-Tomato

...knit-able bacteria-yarn...

Fashion Institute of Technology | Bioesters

...and an air-filtering spiderweb neck-piece.

University of Pennsylvania | Stabilimentum

Also hypothetical caffeine-and-melatonin-emitting houseplants...

Carnegie Mellon University | Symbiosis

...cactus-like water-gathering rooftop panels...

School of the Art Institute of Chicago | Dewpoint

...and an event space/algae farm.

New York University | Float Farm

Plus starter kits for playing with fungi, silk, and bioplastics...

Maryland Institute of Art | Starter Culture

...health-sensing mold panels for interior decoration...

Southern California Institute of Art | Mutua

...and glow-in-the-dark toilet linings for capturing estrogen.

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute | Live(r) Clear

One more look at that spider device (there's also a matching breastplate):

University of Pennsylvania | Stabilimentum

Congratulations to the Fashion Institute of Technology, this year's winners, whose project, Bioesters, creates "yarn from extruded bacteria and fungi." (Seen in that cool knitted swatch above.)

For more information, check out the Biodesign Challenge's website, or follow them on Twitter, Facebook, or Instagram. (The Challenge also has its own section on Popular Science.)

Oh, and the prize is this incredible glass microbe.