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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. 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.

The deadline for applications has been extended until July 23rd at 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!



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: Interested in 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’m waitlisted, does this mean i won’t be able to attend the summit?

Not necessarily; being waitlisted means you still have a chance to be accepted.

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

Not necessarily; this is dependent on how many people apply and who applies.

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?

This year, we are only providing travel expense funding to participants with significant financial hardship. Unlike last year, no partial travel expense funding will be provided. 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?

We will do our best to ensure that all accepted participants can attend the summit; if the cost of the registration fee is an issue, we will likely be able to waive it for you.


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