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26-28 October 2018

community biotechnology initiative

@ MIT media lab


Hello Again!

The Community Biotechnology Initiative at the MIT Media Lab is organizing the second annual Global Summit on Community Biotechnology this October 26 to 28! Our goal is to provide a space for the global community of DIY biologists / community biologists / biohackers / biomakers and members of independent and community laboratories to convene, plan, build fellowship, and continue the evolution of our movement. You can learn more about last year's Summit, including our program, here.

While all are welcome, space is limited, so we are prioritizing active practitioners in the community with an emphasis on diversity across geographic, cultural, ethnic, gender, and creative backgrounds. We will add accepted participants to the directory on a rolling basis with the goal of accepting everyone interested in joining.

While the application deadline has officially passed, we will still accept applications, but will prioritize submissions received prior to July 23, 11:59pm ET.

We can't wait to see you in October!!!

Pictured Below: Our Bio Summit 2017 Family!




Visit the accepted page to complete the required forms!


Our programming topics will include: diversity and inclusion, sharing and learning, global collaborations, enabling technologies, bio security, bio art and design, and more.

Choose your own adventure! Tours to local Cambridge and Boston area community bio and maker spaces, like BosLab, EMW Street Bio, Novartis CELL Lab, and more. Participate in a full-day of hands-on workshops and experiments. 

Intro Keynote by Joi Ito, with sessions including: Innovation and Enabling Technologies; Biotechnology and the Global South; Open-Source Bio; Global Collaborations, Projects & Infrastructure; Bio Art & Design.

Fireside Chat with George Church, with sessions including: Bio Ethics & Responsible Stewardship; Climate, the Environment, & Biodiversity; Education & Learning; How to Disrupt Publishing; Biotech & indigenous cultures and communities.

SciFi, Biotech, and Culture with Creatives from Westworld, Snowpiercer, and Scifi Writers Ben Mezrich and Hannu Rajaniemi, with programming including regional community bio meetings; the Future of Food; and community-led Unconference Sessions.




MIT Media Lab
75 Amherst St.
Cambridge, MA 02139



Who can apply?

Anyone and everyone is encouraged to apply!

what if i want to volunteer?

Email the Bio Summit organizers at and be sure to include in your subject line: "Volunteering for the 2018 Bio Summit."

when can applicants expect to be updated on their status?

Due to high volumes of applications and the amount of material to be reviewed, we cannot guarantee an exact date. However, we will be sure to notify applicants promptly so that they can prepare for the summit if accepted.

how many people will be accepted to attend the summit?

This will depend upon the number of applicants we receive and how much funding we have.

if i was accepted last year, will i be accepted this year?

This is also dependent upon who applies and how many people apply to the summit.

will there be travel expense support?

Yes, we are only providing travel expense funding to participants with significant financial hardship. More information on how we will determine who receives a travel award can be found in the travel award section of our application.

what if i can’t afford the registration fee?

The registration fee is optional. All accepted participants have the option of waiving the fee.

what meals will be provided?

The meals provided are the following: Breakfast, Lunch, & Dinner on Friday, Breakfast, Lunch, & Dinner on Saturday, and Breakfast & Lunch on Sunday. We will provide various options meeting different dietary restrictions. 


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