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save the dates!

Oct 11-13, 2019

community biotechnology initiative

@ MIT media lab


Hello Again!

The Community Biotechnology Initiative at the MIT Media Lab is organizing the third annual Global Summit on Community Biotechnology this October 11 to 13. 2019! 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.

Stay tuned for our online application!

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

Pictured Below: Our Bio Summit 2017 Family!


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

Below is last years program. The organizing team woking hard to put together the 2019 program.

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



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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. 


Global Community Bio Fellows Program

We are delighted to announce the launch of the Global Community Bio Fellows Program, an initiative designed to provide leadership development training and peer support for emerging leaders in our global community. At Bio Summit 1.0 and 2.0, we explored the importance of leadership in community organizing and movement building. To help members of our global family deepen leadership skills in a nurturing environment with a global peer group, we have worked with Dr. Marshall Ganz (Senior Lecturer in Public Policy at Harvard Kennedy School) and community organizer Abel Cano to establish this fellowship program. We hope this program will serve as a valuable opportunity to learn about the power of storytelling, public narrative, community organizing, and leadership development to amplify your work and its impact!


About the Fellowship

As a Global Community Bio Fellow, you will join colleagues to participate in virtual training sessions led by community organizer Abel Cano with additional guidance from Dr. Marshall Ganz. The program consists of eight (8) sessions, each approximately 2-hours in length, where fellows will engage in a variety of activities that both create community and build actionable leadership. To this end, sessions will include moments for: (1) self-organizing and self-reflection, (2) coaching, (3) storytelling, and (4) relationship building with other fellows and local communities. Moreover, fellows will have opportunities to identify stakeholders in their respective communities in order to: (1) identify challenges, (2) build strategic goals, (3) effectively plan, and (4) actualize—through community mobilization—targeted outcomes.

All Fellows have the opportunity to receive travel support to Bio Summit 3.0, to be held at the MIT Media Lab October 11-13, 2019, on an as-needed-basis.