To Bio-hackers and bio-enthusiasts around the world,
The Community Biotechnology Initiative at the MIT Media Lab is organizing a Global Summit on Community Biotechnology this fall from Friday September 22 to Sunday September 24. Our goal is to provide a space for the global community of bio-hackers and members of independent and community laboratories to convene, plan, build fellowship, and continue the evolution of our movement. Our programming topics will include: diversity and inclusion, sharing and learning, bio security, enabling technologies, bio art and design, and more.
We are asking all interested participants to apply! 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.
We are also organizing additional programming for those traveling from far on Thursday September 21 and Monday September 25.
We can't wait to see you in September!!!
Group photo from Biofabbing Convergence, May 10-14 2017, Geneva, Switzerland
The Directory is being continually updated, more profiles will be added shortly!
Our programming will include topics such as: diversity & inclusion; enabling technologies; bio security; learning & sharing; global collaborations; and more! We will finalize our topics based upon your input, so apply today!
day 0 | Thurs 9/21
Day 1 | Fri 9/22
9am-9pm. First day of our formal program at the MIT Media Lab. All participant laboratories and organizations will present in the opening session. Joi Ito will introduce and welcome us! We will conclude with an evening visit to Ginkgo Bioworks.
day 2 | sat 9/23
9am-late. Second day of programming with George Church introducing the morning session, concluding with 99Biohackers, a joint celebration and party with Bio Summit participants and the MIT Media Lab community.
day 3 | sun 9/24
12-6pm. Final day of our program.
We have an optional remaining day of programming for informal meetings and opportunities to connect with the Media Lab community.
day 4 | mon 9/25
Industry, Government, & Academia
July 1 - July 31
August 1 - August 15
The Bio Summit will take place at the MIT Media Lab in Cambridge, MA, USA.
We are also organizing a functional wet lab for bio-hacking! More details soon!
Accommodations are being organized. There will be three primary options: (1) discounted hotel; (2) shared Airbnb with other participants; (3) free housing via local hosts. We will update this section as more information becomes available!
frequently asked questions
is there a deadline to apply for the conference?
YES. August 15, so apply today!
will there be help for travel expenses?
Yes! We are hoping to award travel subsidies to as many participants as possible with financial hardship. You can apply for one via your application.
what is the deadline for applying for a travel award?
The deadline is August 15, so apply now. The earlier you apply the better!
How can I become a sponsor?
Email us at email@example.com! We have a number of sponsorship opportunities we would love to share with you.
Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions.
MIT Media Lab, E14
75 Amherst St, Cambridge, MA 02139