Genspace participates in science fairs, conferences and think tanks around the world, We have given presentations and workshops around citizen science and contemporary issues in biotechnology at the US Science and Engineering Fair, DLD (Munich, Moscow and New York), PICNIC Festival in Amsterdam, International Synthetic Biology meetings, Citizen Science conferences, Family Science Day at the AAAS International Exhibition, and Maker Faire Africa.


Genspace and Ted Talks

Since its inception, Genspace has had a close relationship with TED. Millions of people have heard TED speakers online, on the radio, or at the organization’s annual conferences.

Co-founder Dr. Ellen Jorgensen has spoken twice on the mainstage on subjects including biohacking and gene editing. Her videos have been seen by 2 million viewers. Dr. Oliver Medvedik, another co-founder, was a TED Fellow in 2012. Check out their videos below.


World Maker Faire

Every year, 200,000 people converge on the New York Hall of Science in Queens for the World Maker Faire to see the latest projects from tech enthusiasts from around the world. Genspace has been running participatory workshops, talks, tech demos, booths and public engagement activities at Maker Faire since our inception in 2009.



Every year since 2011 Genspace has participated in the prestigious International Genetically Engineered Machine (iGEM) competition. Our team, made up of local high school and college students, and Genspace members, has won a total of four gold medals and two special prizes, investigating everything from the microbiome of the Gowanus Canal to tardigrades. Our 2016 team won a gold medal and the prize for Best Measurement.

Visit the 2015's team website to learn more about how high school students, hobbyists, artists and citizen scientists joined together to work on a winning project resulting in a gold medal and the Best Community Lab prize!


World Science Festival

Created by world renowned physicist Brian Greene, the World Science Festival brings the world’s leading scientists to New York University’s stage to inform the public about the latest scientific developments. In the past festivals, Genspace members have introduced video games that use real microbes, art that contains living materials, and shared the stage with leaders in science.  




The South by Southwest Festival (SXSW) in Austin, Texas celebrates groundbreaking and converging innovations in the film, music, and technology industries. Genspace presented at SXSW many times over the last five years. Our staff and members have hosted panels, hands-on workshops, and facilitated conversations focused on building responsible, creative, and diverse biotech communities. 


Biodesign Challenge

Biodesign Challenge is Genspace’s flagship bioart and design program. The university competition partners art and design classrooms with scientists to imagine future applications of biotech. Hundreds of students from classrooms around the world participate. The program culminates each year at the Museum of Modern Art where the top teams showcase their projects and compete for trophies including the coveted Glass Microbe.