Turns out that being a judge requires one to actually be a judge rather than write blog posts. Grabbing a few minutes to write a post while a somewhat nervous team peppers their presenter with questions to make sure they are ready to give the talk.
The second session this morning was very interesting. Princeton is attempting to implement logical circuits at the level of neuronal cells. They described an implementation of a bistable switch made up of two neuronal cells and a pacemaker cell. Very neat. I also really enjoyed the Taipei team who are working to engineer commensal E. coli to act as a bacterial dialysis machine. It’s a big project that is going to take a lot of work but they have laid out what needs to get done very nicely.