BioHack Academy: BioFactory

The age of personal biotechnology is upon us! Engineers have turned biology in a design discipline and it's now up to us to shape it's applications. After completing the BioHack Academy you can grow your own fuel, food, filaments, farmaceuticals, fragances, fungi and much more funky bio stuff at home. We'll teach you how to join the bio revolution and build your own biofactory using a Fablab, Maker/Hackspace or other shared machine shop.

Learn how to design, grow and extract your own biomaterials using only Open Source hardware you fabricate yourself. Whether it's a new type of bio ink, bio polymer or bio fuel, we'll show you can grow it yourself and share the results with others.

For starters, you may choose a product from our collection, such as violacein (purple dye), cellulose (biopolymer), ethanol fuel (yeast fermentation), spirulina algae (super food), lactic acid (yoghurt), penicilin (antibiotic), kombucha (drink), acidic acid (vinegar), citric acid (aspergillis), mycelium (filaments) and/or tell us about your own living material of choice.

The fourth edition of the BioHack Academy starts in January 2017, a 10 week course of two days a week. Additionally, in the fall of 2016, you can take part in one of the one-week intens BioHack Modules in the field of microbiology, genetic modification and synthetic biology or optics.

How we get it done

In the BioHack Academy program we will build up our own biofactories together in just 2,5 months. Every week a lecture will be given and recorded. You will also have access to the Amsterdam Open Wetlab and Fablab during 2 days a week to build equipment, conduct experiments and get the support you need.

The lectures will give you insight in what kind of tool we are building and it's usefulness in the lab. You may choose to either replicate the design of the tutor, improve it or build your own device from scratch. It's up to you how sophisticated things may get.

All students are required to keep track of their progress on the BioHack Academy wiki, allowing to learn from each other. Two weeks in advance of each lecture students will receive a recommended materials list and access to the tutor's design, allowing for enough time to purchase items or to seek alternatives.

The program is a hands-on bootcamp. By the end of the course you and your fellow class mates will be turned into fully equiped biohackers, capable of growing a broad range of biomaterials. Ready to continue production independently at home.

What's next
After the Academy has been completed, you will receive a BHA Biofactory certificate. The project Github and video channel are open to the public to share the results with the Open Source biotech community at large.

In possession of your own biofactory, you may continue to advance your production skills, engage in directed evolution experiments, produce biogas, purify water, bioremidate poluted soil, just to give a few. Bio has no limits!

Biohack Academy video channel
Biohack Academy Github pages

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