2016 Schedule

Interactive: March 11–15  •  Film: March 11–19  •  Music: March 15–20

Collaborative Biohacking

Saturday, March 12
3:30PM - 4:30PM

Westin Austin Downtown
Paramount 2-3
310 E 5th ST


Gene sequencing. PCR. Recombinant DNA. Advances in biotech offer a wealth of possibility for innovation. Medicines, greener production modes, de-extinction are part of the emerging narrative, but so is concern. Without ”robust embedding” in society, technology falls short. The blossoming worlds of DIYBio & synthetic biology lessen the gap between those practicing in biotech & the non-PhD wielding public. Designers, engineers, & entrepreneurs are engaging in non-traditional collaborations with scientists, policy makers, & industry to construct an inclusive future. Biohacking is at the forefront of citizen science, expanding access by reducing costs. Find out more open the “black box” of bio.

Hashtags: #sxsw #biohacking


Karen Ingram at SXSW

Karen Ingram

Creative Dir

Karen Ingram & Associates & The Empiricist League

KAREN INGRAM is a designer, artist and creative director who uses her skill set to promote scientific awareness. Ingram recently completed visuals as a co-author of Biobuilder (O’Reilly), a synthet...

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Sarah Richardson at SXSW

Sarah Richardson

Computational Biologist Postdoctoral Fellow

Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

Dr. Sarah Richardson is from Baltimore, MD. She received a B.S. in biology from the University of Maryland in 2004 and a PhD in Human Genetics and Molecular Biology from Johns Hopkins University Sc...

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Thomas Landrain at SXSW

Thomas Landrain


La Paillasse

Thomas Landrain is co-founder and president of La Paillasse, the first french and world largest community lab that fosters open science and technology. He claims that there is no monopole for great...

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Wieke Betten at SXSW

Wieke Betten

PhD Candidate & Lecturer

Athena Institute VU University Amsterdam

Wieke Betten is a social science and bioethics PhD researcher and lecturer at the Athena Institute at the VU University of Amsterdam. Her research project focuses on societal and ethical aspects of...

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