Past Submissions

Compilation of projects from previous year's teams

Biodesign Webinar Series

Biodesign curriculum aimed to guide teams through their biodesign process

What is the Biodesign Competition?

SIR MSC BDIC hosts an annual Biodesign Competition, where students are challenged to solve problems faced in IR in a collaborative setting with peers and IR mentors. Teams participate in a series of events lasting 4 months at the end of which the top two teams are selected to present at the annual SIR conference in March.

How to Get Started

  • 1. Form teams of interested medical students. Multidisciplinary teams are always encouraged, so be sure to invite undergraduate/graduate students as well!
  • 2. Establish a relationship with an IR mentor. If your institution does not have an IR department or you cannot find a mentor, the BDIC will find a mentor for you.
  • 3. Sign up for the Biodesign Competition when it starts in mid-September!


  • September 15, 2020

    Biodesign Competition syllabus, theme, and prompts released to teams

  • October 31, 2020

    Team formation and registration deadline

  • November 15, 2020

    Teams begin working on submissions and meeting with mentors

  • January 13, 2021

    Team submissions due

  • February 22, 2021

    Five-minute team pitches

  • March 2021

    Face-off between two finalist teams at SIR 2021

This Year's Theme (2020): Innovation in the Era of COVID-19

See here for suggested prompts.

For more information, see the syllabus.