Students of world's first BioHack Academy are graduating and presenting their work. In ten weeks, students from Waag Society's Biohack Academy built a fully functioning lab. They built everything, from homemade microscopes and centrifuges to handmade spectrometers and incubators—all with materials commonly found at home! On Tuesday, April 21st, 2015 they present their work.
Twelf DIY bio-tech projects
Until now, biotechnology was considered by scientists to be too complex and too expensive for the common person to practice. The Biohack Academy aims to break that convention open. Students like Tony, who researched life-extension in worms (yes, it can happen!), Tamara, who composed a microscopic opera and Eline, who developed a bacterial typeface, are but three of the pioneers helping to make this dream a reality.
The first biotech graduation show on the 21st takes place not only in the home lab in Amsterdam, but also in the three sister labs elsewhere in the world. We will live stream with biohack academies in Barcelona, São Paulo, Rome, and Albuquerque. Just as the last ten weeks of study occurred while we worked on our prototypes scattered across various places, so too will the culmination of our work.
Live streaming and growing certificates
Amsterdam Biohack Academy's founder, Pieter Boheemen, will kick off the ceremony. Gunter Seyfried from Vienna will explain how he grew the students' certificates. Then, a word from the students about their experiences with the Biohack Academy and becoming the first generation of self-taught biotechnologists. All twelve of the completed projects can be seen.
Don't live in the neighbourhood, but still want to watch? There are also a number of available spaces left in our virtual classroom. Send an email to Pieter van Boheemen to sign up for the live streaming.