Biodesign Challenge 2020

with Ollie Cotsaftis

Biodesign Challenge

With public concern about plastic pollution rising, consumers are reaching for canvas bags, metal straws, and reusable water bottles. But while individuals fret over images of oceanic garbage gyres, the fossil fuel and petrochemical industries are pouring billions of dollars into new plants intended to make millions more tons of plastic than they now pump out. Genuine bioplastics are plastics produced from renewable and biodegradable biomass sources such as fats or starch. Over the span of this studio, students investigated how such bioplastics could be used to design elegant, effective and creative solutions adapted to the circular economy and 21st century narratives.


A bio-constructed and biodegradable medical isolation gown (PPE) along with an integrated system of medical waste disposal.


A suite of Millennial-targeted products and entertaining yet educational experiences making the wine industry more resilient from both an environmental and financial perspectives.


A zero-waste algae-based single-use cosmetics that dissolves upon application thus eliminating plastic packaging altogether.


A geo-tagging service that helps lost travellers back to safety in the Australian outback.

E3 Crocodile

A bioplastic toy project aiming to Entertain children whilst Educating them on the importance of protecting our Environment.


Arden 2020
Biodesign Challenge 2020
Binging on Radiant Blandness
Surface 2 Edge

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No MDIT exhibition – digital or otherwise – happens without a collection of great work from students, supported and curated by their tutors. Thanks to EVERYONE for the help contributed!

A special mention goes to Illiyanna Ibrahim, our information wrangler, content uploader and design front-liner, for your hard work fine-tuning and assembling the nearly 500 articles of media, text and supporting content.

Thanks Hartwig Bentele & Kunstmatrix for your technical support.

We’d also like to extend our gratitude to the following students who volunteered (despite their busy coursework) what precious time they had to help sort out the finer details of digital media work:

Video chat

Guglielmo ‘Bosco-sorry-my-laptop-died’ Bartilomo

3D lightbake tester

Sowmiya ‘yes-Chuan-click-UV-unwrap’ Selvakumaraswamy

Media queries

Suresh ‘should-we-unit-test?’ Saicharan Maniganahalli

Web tester

Diego ‘nicest tester alive award’ Garetto Morande

Thanks for visiting and fare thee well – across the digital ether. Be well; be kind.

– Chuan Khoo
MDIT Associate Lecturer
Interaction Design & Technologies

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