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SXSW Interactive 2015

Hack biology now : overview in North America

Hakerspaces, makerspaces, community labs are open spaces where everyone can explore alternative ways to learn and innovate in his field of interest. Just think about the examples of huge innovations in the computer sciences that appeared in these 'labs'. In the last few years, another field came out of the institutions and companies: the life sciences. This session will draw a picture of this other side of innovation in biology.
We are a hacker-photographer and a biologist-science communicator from the Paris biolab La Paillasse. We made a tour in North America, visiting 40 spaces in 8 different areas, meeting these new 'biologists'. It will lead you from community biolabs to innovation centers, from amateur's diybio workshop to the Personal Genome Project. Our three months exploration clearly shows the growing interest of hackers for 'living things' and the development of ambitious open source projects by scientists. What can we expect from these emergences? Here goes the Q/A session

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  1. How free spaces like hackerspaces, makerspaces are producers of innovations? It's about the mindset behind these communities. What are the new trends in these 'labs'?
  2. What is the current reality in innovating 'new labs' regarding biology ? It's about the diversity of people and practices among hackers and hack labs.
  3. What are the kind of biology's projects developed by biohackers ?
  4. What are the new ways of innovations regarding biology in some historical institutions?
  5. Are community biolabs linked to academic institutions ? If yes, how are they ? It's about citizen science and open source projects.



Quitterie Largeteau, Global connector, La Paillasse

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  • Event: Interactive
  • Format: Dual
  • Track: DIY, Hacker and Maker
  • Track 2
  • Level: Intermediate
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