Hardware, Software & the Internet of Things
June 23–25, 2015 • San Francisco, CA

Bio conference sessions

9:00am–5:00pm Tuesday, 06/23/2015
Location: C 210 (Bldg C)
Charles Fracchia (MIT / Harvard Medical School)
Average rating: *****
(5.00, 7 ratings)
Talks and workshops on synthetic biology and hybrid bio-electronics. This includes a synbio 101 lecture, introduction to key works of the field, a hands-on workshop (synbiota) on designing and engineering cells, and an intro to some brand new techs mixing EE (IoT style), CS, and Bio. Read more.
1:15pm–1:55pm Wednesday, 06/24/2015
Location: Generals Residence
Peter Sand (Modular Science)
Biology experiments are mainly carried out by human hands. Robotic machines can help with some parts of the process, but they are expensive, hard to use, and do not cover many daily lab activities. This talk will discuss new approaches to lab automation, building on ideas from DIY biology and DIY fabrication. Read more.
1:15pm–1:55pm Wednesday, 06/24/2015
Location: C 210 (Bldg C)
Justin Werfel (Harvard University, Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering)
Average rating: ****.
(4.50, 2 ratings)
Social insects like ants and termites build huge, complex structures through the collective actions of millions of independent agents. How could we engineer systems that harness that kind of power? I'll describe how we built and programmed a decentralized system of construction robots that takes a blueprint of a desired final structure as the only input, and provably builds that structure. Read more.
2:05pm–2:45pm Wednesday, 06/24/2015
Location: Generals Residence
Arvind Gupta (SOSventures)
Average rating: ****.
(4.50, 4 ratings)
With biology accelerating faster than Moore's Law, building a biotech startup has become easier than ever. Arvind will discuss how funding and networks of mentors are coming together to create a new tranche of seed funding and how this is shaking the biotech industry to its core, and the long term effects this will have on the types of problems we will solve using biology as a technology. Read more.
2:55pm–3:35pm Wednesday, 06/24/2015
Location: Generals Residence
Connor Dickie (Synbiota Inc.), Justin Pahara (Synbiota Inc.)
Average rating: ****.
(4.40, 5 ratings)
One of the main technologies in a bio-hacker's toolbox is the ability to make custom DNA. This session walks you through the process of designing and building custom plasmids using Synbiota's wetware kits. Synbiota's wetware uses a unique magnetic-bead assembly process that enables anyone to build real DNA, by hand or by robot, in any kitchen, bathroom, basement, or garage. Read more.
4:35pm–5:15pm Wednesday, 06/24/2015
Location: Generals Residence
Keira Havens (Revolution Bioengineering), Nikolai Braun (Revolution Bioengineering)
Average rating: ****.
(4.50, 2 ratings)
The conversation around bioengineering alternates between visions of a truly sustainable society in the far future, and unknown dystopian horrors just around the corner. How do we transcend these stereotypes? We make biotechnology beautiful and personal. Beauty captures the imagination in a way that practical and necessary advances can’t – we’re leading the way with color-changing flowers. Read more.
5:25pm–6:05pm Wednesday, 06/24/2015
Location: Generals Residence
Sean Ward (Synthace Ltd)
Average rating: ****.
(4.00, 4 ratings)
Antha is a high-level compiled language for describing and executing biological working practices. This allows the rapid composition of biological workflows, built from transferable, interoperable, and reproducible Antha Elements. For the first time, it enables bioengineers to properly engineer biology, by focusing on what experiments they want to run, not just how to run them. Read more.