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#OPENBIOTECH YouTube series

Biohackers unite! I am going to Brussels and would like to invite you to join the journey. 

Our new weekly YouTube series on an EU policy paper about Do-It-Yourself Bio will cover the entire process for you.

#OPENBIOTECH
Policy papers and vlogs? Yes, that's right. It’s an interesting combination. I’m going to lobby in Brussels and vlog about the proces. Why? We want more support from Europe for the do-it-yourself-biology movement.

Watch the first #OPENBIOTECH vlog on YouTube *

Also, for many people biotechnology is mysterious business – while almost everything around us is influenced by it. From the clothes we wear to the medicines we take and the food we eat, biotechnology is all around us. With this new serie of vlogs we aim to democratize the knowledge behind this closed industry and #OPENBIOTECH for everyone. 

A new, interactive way of lobbying 
This vlogging thing is an experiment and part of the doing it together science project. I always find it exciting to try new things. This also means that any suggestions on what or whom you would like to see in one of the next videos is very welcome.

Meanwhile I am already browsing the EU webpages to get a better grip on the subject, reading up on a huge list of existing literature and trying to ping the right people. By subscribing to the Youtube channel you'll get updates along the way.

Want support? Share your project! 
Many people think that technology is a given, and that you have little influence on it. That is not the case at all. Technologies are invented and developed by people: us. So I need your input, feedback, questions to write a policy paper.

In the next video I'll document some great examples of do-it-yourself bio projects that I believe could use EU support. You could be part of that too! Just drop me a line or post something in the comments, and I'll contact you for a recording.

The final result will be presented at the BioFabbing conference in Geneva in May. You can be part of that event too, by subscribing here.

* We are aware of the fact that YouTube - and ultimately Google, which owns YouTube - can and does track viewers. Our mission is to keep waag.org as privacy friendly as possible. That's why we embed this video here differently:

Recent blog posts

- Friday 12 May 2017

This opinion article witten by Marleen Stikker has not yet been translated. For the moment, please turn to the Dutch version. We may provide a full translation later.

- Thursday 11 May 2017

In the current series of FabSchool (on Wednesday afternoon at the Waag) we are exploring the world of biotechnology. We went hunting for microbes with the kids!

- Tuesday 09 May 2017

Whereas the DSI (digital social innovation) policy agenda was mainly focused on the level of the European Union, we see that cities are strongest in materializing the DSI idea.

- Monday 08 May 2017

It proved more difficult to revive the first social network in The Netherlands than expected, for which are good reasons. Nevertheless, some crucial steps were taken.

- Tuesday 25 April 2017

At the Fablearn conference in Denmark we hosted a workshop on our educational programme ‘Who is the boss of the Internet?’ and presented our collaboration with the Amsterdam Public Library to develop 10 maker spaces.

- Monday 24 April 2017

Xiamyra went to Chile to visit the 'Gathering of Open Science Hardware'. She met many interesting people but actually did not see that much hardware!