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community biotechnology initiative @ mit media lab

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

participant directory

Joi Ito Director, MIT Media Lab

Joi Ito

Director, MIT Media Lab

George Church Professor of Genetics, Harvard Medical School

George Church

Professor of Genetics, Harvard Medical School

David Sun Kong Community Bio Initiative, MIT Media Lab || EMW Street Bio (Cambridge MA)

David Sun Kong

Community Bio Initiative, MIT Media Lab || EMW Street Bio (Cambridge MA)

Mary Maggic Community Bio Initiative, MIT Media Lab || Hackteria

Mary Maggic

Community Bio Initiative, MIT Media Lab || Hackteria

Maria Chavez BioCurious (Santa Clara CA)

Maria Chavez

BioCurious (Santa Clara CA)

Dan Grushkin Genspace (Brooklyn NY)

Dan Grushkin

Genspace (Brooklyn NY)

Karen Ingram Synthetic Biology LEAP, BioBuilder

Karen Ingram

Synthetic Biology LEAP, BioBuilder

Angela Kaczmarczyk BosLab (Somerville MA)

Angela Kaczmarczyk

BosLab (Somerville MA)

Thomas Landrain Just One Giant Lab (JOGL) || La Paillasse (Paris France)          

Thomas Landrain

Just One Giant Lab (JOGL) || La Paillasse (Paris France)          

Stefania Druga Lifelong Kindergarten, MIT Media Lab || Hackteria

Stefania Druga

Lifelong Kindergarten, MIT Media Lab || Hackteria

Kevin Chen Hyacinth Bio || Bricobio (Montreal Canada)  

Kevin Chen

Hyacinth Bio || Bricobio (Montreal Canada)

 

Patrik D'haeseleer Counter Culture Labs (Oakland CA) || BioCurious (Sunnyvale CA)

Patrik D'haeseleer

Counter Culture Labs (Oakland CA) || BioCurious (Sunnyvale CA)

Nicole Bakker Community Bio Initiative, MIT Media Lab

Nicole Bakker

Community Bio Initiative, MIT Media Lab

Marie-Therese Png Community Bio Initiative, MIT Media Lab || EMW Street Bio (Cambridge MA)

Marie-Therese Png

Community Bio Initiative, MIT Media Lab || EMW Street Bio (Cambridge MA)

Daniel Federico Hernandez-Gardiol Hackuarium (Lausanne Switzerland)

Daniel Federico Hernandez-Gardiol

Hackuarium (Lausanne Switzerland)

Nina Wang Community Bio Initiative, MIT Media Lab || Metafluidics

Nina Wang

Community Bio Initiative, MIT Media Lab || Metafluidics

Todd Kuiken Genetic Engineering and Society Center, NC State University

Todd Kuiken

Genetic Engineering and Society Center, NC State University

Orlando de Lange University of Washington || SoundBio Lab (Seattle WA)

Orlando de Lange

University of Washington || SoundBio Lab (Seattle WA)

Zach Mueller SoundBio Lab (Seattle WA)

Zach Mueller

SoundBio Lab (Seattle WA)

Avery Normandin Sculpting Evolution, MIT Media Lab

Avery Normandin

Sculpting Evolution, MIT Media Lab

Matthew McAteer BosLab (Somerville MA)

Matthew McAteer

BosLab (Somerville MA)

Keerthi Shetty EMW Street Bio (Cambridge MA) || American Academy of Arts and Sciences

Keerthi Shetty

EMW Street Bio (Cambridge MA) || American Academy of Arts and Sciences

Thrasyvoulos Karydis EMW Street Bio (Cambridge MA) || MIT Media Lab

Thrasyvoulos Karydis

EMW Street Bio (Cambridge MA) || MIT Media Lab

Ani Liu EMW Street Bio (Cambridge MA)

Ani Liu

EMW Street Bio (Cambridge MA)

Orkan Telhan Design.Bio || University of Pennsylvania

Orkan Telhan

Design.Bio || University of Pennsylvania

Eric Harness BioCurious (Santa Clara CA)

Eric Harness

BioCurious (Santa Clara CA)

Xavier Palmer Biologik (Norfolk VA)

Xavier Palmer

Biologik (Norfolk VA)

Günter Seyfried pavillon 35 (Vienna Austria)

Günter Seyfried

pavillon 35 (Vienna Austria)

Kenza Samlali Bricobio (Montréal Canada)

Kenza Samlali

Bricobio (Montréal Canada)

Eleonore Pauwels Wilson Center

Eleonore Pauwels

Wilson Center

Jason Bobe DIYbio.org

Jason Bobe

DIYbio.org

Rüdiger Trojok UnternehmerTUM kitchen lab (Munich Germany)

Rüdiger Trojok

UnternehmerTUM kitchen lab (Munich Germany)

Josiah Zayner BioCurious (Santa Clara CA) || The ODIN || CCL

Josiah Zayner

BioCurious (Santa Clara CA) || The ODIN || CCL

The Directory is being continually updated, more profiles will be added shortly!

program

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

Choose your own adventure! We are organizing tours to local Cambridge and Boston area community bio and maker spaces, like BosLab, EMW Street Bio, Lab Central, and more.


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

suggested contribution

100% of all contributions will go towards subsidizing travel for participants. The contribution is optional and you can opt out via your application.

 

 

Biohacker

Industry, Government, & Academia

early bird

July 1 - July 31

$0

$200

regular

August 1 - August 15

$0

$350

 

location

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!

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accommodations

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!

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hotel (discounted)

 

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airbnb housing

 

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local hosts

 

sponsors

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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 info@biosummit.org! We have a number of sponsorship opportunities we would love to share with you.

 

Contact Us

Please contact info@biosummit.org with any questions.

Location

MIT Media Lab, E14

75 Amherst St, Cambridge, MA 02139