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September 22, 2017 - september 24, 2017

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 Hyasynth Bio || Bricobio (Montreal Canada)  

Kevin Chen

Hyasynth 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 || EMW Street Bio (Cambridge MA)

Nicole Bakker

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)

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)

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

Eleonore Pauwels Wilson Center

Eleonore Pauwels

Wilson Center

Sarah Ware Science Closet || Benedictine University || College of DuPage

Sarah Ware

Science Closet || Benedictine University || College of DuPage

Noah Jakimo Molecular Machines (Media Lab) || Center for Bits and Atoms

Noah Jakimo

Molecular Machines (Media Lab) || Center for Bits and Atoms

Thomas Hervé Mboa Nkoudou APSOHA (Association for the Promotion of Open Science in Haïti & Africa) || ISTM (Higher Institute of Medical Technology)

Thomas Hervé Mboa Nkoudou

APSOHA (Association for the Promotion of Open Science in Haïti & Africa) || ISTM (Higher Institute of Medical Technology)

Elliot Roth Indie Lab (Richmond VA)

Elliot Roth

Indie Lab (Richmond VA)

Pierre Padilla Biomakers Lab (Lima Peru)

Pierre Padilla

Biomakers Lab (Lima Peru)

Janine Medina DEF CON BioHacking Village Project Manager || NYAS STEM Fellow

Janine Medina

DEF CON BioHacking Village Project Manager || NYAS STEM Fellow

Jake Wintermute CRI Paris

Jake Wintermute

CRI Paris

Maria Li Lok Yee DIYBIO Hong Kong

Maria Li Lok Yee

DIYBIO Hong Kong

Soroush Vosoughi Social Machines, MIT Media Lab || Harvard Berkman

Soroush Vosoughi

Social Machines, MIT Media Lab || Harvard Berkman

Benito (Beno) Juarez Fab Lab Lima (Lima Peru) || The Latin America Fab Lab Network

Benito (Beno) Juarez

Fab Lab Lima (Lima Peru) || The Latin America Fab Lab Network

Scott Pownall Open Science Network || bioAcademy (Vancouver Canada)

Scott Pownall

Open Science Network || bioAcademy (Vancouver Canada)

Helene Steiner Royal College of Art (London UK)

Helene Steiner

Royal College of Art (London UK)

Dan Wright Thel4b (Los Angeles CA)

Dan Wright

Thel4b (Los Angeles CA)

Ana Sofía Arreola Gene Garage (Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico and Mexico City)

Ana Sofía Arreola

Gene Garage (Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico and Mexico City)

Francisco Flores IDgen (Quito Ecuador) || Universidad de las Fuerzas Armadas

Francisco Flores

IDgen (Quito Ecuador) || Universidad de las Fuerzas Armadas

Alaina Hardie DIYbio Toronto

Alaina Hardie

DIYbio Toronto

Niek D'Hondt ReaGent (Flanders Belgium)

Niek D'Hondt

ReaGent (Flanders Belgium)

Natalie Kuldell BioBuilder (Cambridge MA) 

Natalie Kuldell

BioBuilder (Cambridge MA) 

Adeline Seah Open Bio Singapore

Adeline Seah

Open Bio Singapore

Timothy Wakiyama MN diyBio || University of Minnesota Microbial Engineering Program

Timothy Wakiyama

MN diyBio || University of Minnesota Microbial Engineering Program

Ewen Chardronnet Medialab Makery (Paris France)

Ewen Chardronnet

Medialab Makery (Paris France)

Winnie Poncelet ReaGent (Flanders Belgium) || Ekoli

Winnie Poncelet

ReaGent (Flanders Belgium) || Ekoli

Li Yu La Paillasse (Paris France)

Li Yu

La Paillasse (Paris France)

Martin Malthe Borch BioFabLab RUC (Roskilde University) || Beatt consultancy and studiolab

Martin Malthe Borch

BioFabLab RUC (Roskilde University) || Beatt consultancy and studiolab

Heather Underwood Denver Biolabs

Heather Underwood

Denver Biolabs

Abdul Hadi Abro Abrobios (Hyderabad Pakistan)

Abdul Hadi Abro

Abrobios (Hyderabad Pakistan)

Marc Juul Counter Culture Lab || Labitat

Marc Juul

Counter Culture Lab || Labitat

Will Shindel Genspace (Brooklyn NY)

Will Shindel

Genspace (Brooklyn NY)

Melodie Knowlton Vertex Learning Lab

Melodie Knowlton

Vertex Learning Lab

Ricardo Camilo Chavez Martínez Project Scintia (Monterrey Mexico)

Ricardo Camilo Chavez Martínez

Project Scintia (Monterrey Mexico)

Derek Jacoby Victoria Makerspace

Derek Jacoby

Victoria Makerspace

Alison Stringer FabLab Wgtn (Wellington New Zealand)

Alison Stringer

FabLab Wgtn (Wellington New Zealand)

Pat Pataranutaporn  Freaklab (Thailand)

Pat Pataranutaporn 

Freaklab (Thailand)

Stefanie Wuschitz Mz* Baltazar's Lab

Stefanie Wuschitz

Mz* Baltazar's Lab

Doris Roth [kat]alab (Vienna Austria)

Doris Roth

[kat]alab (Vienna Austria)

Udayan Umapathi Tangible Media (Media Lab) || Community Biotechnology Initiative, MIT Media Lab.

Udayan Umapathi

Tangible Media (Media Lab) || Community Biotechnology Initiative, MIT Media Lab.

Alison Irvine Genspace (Brooklyn NY)

Alison Irvine

Genspace (Brooklyn NY)

Travis Rich MIT Media Lab

Travis Rich

MIT Media Lab

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 post-event gathering on Monday, September 25, for informal meetings and opportunities to connect with the Media Lab community.

optional post-event gathering

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

There will be three primary options: (1) discounted hotel; (2) shared Airbnb with other participants; (3) free housing via local hosts. Accommodations organized for the summit will be available only for the duration of the conference,

checking in Thursday, September 21 checking out Sunday, September 24.

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hotel (discounted)

For a discounted price between $200 and $250 per night, participants have the option to stay at the Kendall Square Marriott for the duration of the conference. The location of the hotel is a short 5-10 minute walk from the Media Lab. 

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airbnb housing

For between $50 and $100 per night, participants can choose to stay in shared Airbnbs for the duration of the conference. Our staff will take care of booking the accommodations, and participants will be billed individually before the event. Interested participants should let us know as soon as possible if they are planning on extending their stay beyond the dates of the conference.

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local hosts

Local hosting is available for participants on a low budget. This is free of cost for the duration of the conference. Based on preference, participants will either be assigned to hosts via couchsurfing.com or through local supporters of the Bio Summit. Our staff provides support with arranging the accommodations. Interested participants should let us know as soon as possible if they are planning on extending their stay beyond the dates of the conference.

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