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Nesta Hot Topics

Monday, January 28th, 2013

Open PCR
Our afternoon workshop is now fully-booked but there are a few places still left for the evening panel session. To book, please see the link at the bottom of the page.

In the same way that 3D printing is revolutionising product manufacturing, low cost biological equipment is changing how we produce novel biotechnology. Microbrewing was the first industry to grab this opportunity. Experimentation with brewing techniques led to a renaissance in local breweries. But what could be next, and how do we develop the skills to work with these technologies outside the lab?

There are now several open biolabs facilities around the world, aiming to help anyone experiment with biological techniques. There are also echoes of the open source computing community, with the same emphasis on shared tools and collaboration. But are there are good reasons why this could be a lot harder than programming a 3D printer or producing a website.

Biological organisms do not follow the neat logic of a software program. They interact in unpredictable ways; they need care and time to grow; and, fundamentally, they come with the unknowns of natural systems rather than the order of manmade technologies. The complexities of biology might limit the potential success of amateur initiatives.

As biological tools become part of the armory of today’s innovation, is there a new set of skills and norms that come along with these? How does the routine of the lab mash with a creative hack culture? And what level of understanding do you need to do something truly inventive with a petri dish rather than html?

Nesta have teamed up with MadLab to run an event on 7 February. It will start with an afternoon workshop (introducing biohacking in a biolab space), followed by an evening panel discussion on the theme of biological literacy. The panelists include; Asa Calow, DIY Biologist and Founder and Director of the MadLab in Manchester; John O’Shea, artist and creator of the world’s first bio-engineered football; Philipp Boeing, UCL iGem and London Biohackers and Rod Dillon, lecturer in biomedicine, School of Health and Medicine, Lancaster University.

The workshop is designed as a taster for those with little knowledge of these techniques, but more experienced users are also welcomed for the panel discussion.

Agenda

Afternoon

Registration: 2.30pm

Workshop: 3-5pm

Evening

Registration and refreshments: 6.30pm

Evening panel discussion: 7.30-9pm

Booking

To book a place on the afternoon workshop, please follow this link - and -

To attend the panel discussion, please follow this link.

 

Nesta, Nominet Trust and Mozilla – Digital Makers launch

Friday, November 23rd, 2012

Do you work with bright young kids? Have you seen them itching to learn and make? Do you want to encourage them to embrace new technologies?

If so, this informal gathering could be for you.

From robots to Raspberry Pi, hackdays to summers of code, more and more young people are creating with technology.

But how can we inspire, involve and support a generation of digital makers?

YRS2012 at MadLab
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Nesta Hot Topics: Local bioeconomies

Friday, October 5th, 2012

Nesta

Title: Hot Topics: Local bioeconomies
Location: MadLab
Date: 07-02-2013
Start Time: 15:00
End Time: 21:00
Booking: See bottom of page




 

 

 

 

Our afternoon workshop is now fully-booked but there are a few places still left for the evening panel session. To book, please see the link at the bottom of the page.

In the same way that 3D printing is revolutionising product manufacturing, low cost biological equipment is changing how we produce novel biotechnology. Microbrewing was the first industry to grab this opportunity. Experimentation with brewing techniques led to a renaissance in local breweries. But what could be next, and how do we develop the skills to work with these technologies outside the lab?

There are now several open biolabs facilities around the world, aiming to help anyone experiment with biological techniques. There are also echoes of the open source computing community, with the same emphasis on shared tools and collaboration. But are there are good reasons why this could be a lot harder than programming a 3D printer or producing a website.

Biological organisms do not follow the neat logic of a software program. They interact in unpredictable ways; they need care and time to grow; and, fundamentally, they come with the unknowns of natural systems rather than the order of manmade technologies. The complexities of biology might limit the potential success of amateur initiatives.

As biological tools become part of the armory of today’s innovation, is there a new set of skills and norms that come along with these? How does the routine of the lab mash with a creative hack culture? And what level of understanding do you need to do something truly inventive with a petri dish rather than html?

Nesta have teamed up with MadLab to run an event on 7 February. It will start with an afternoon workshop (introducing biohacking in a biolab space), followed by an evening panel discussion on the theme of biological literacy. The panelists include; Asa Calow, DIY Biologist and Founder and Director of the MadLab in Manchester; John O’Shea, artist and creator of the world’s first bio-engineered football; Philipp Boeing, UCL iGem and London Biohackers and Rod Dillon, lecturer in biomedicine, School of Health and Medicine, Lancaster University.

The workshop is designed as a taster for those with little knowledge of these techniques, but more experienced users are also welcomed for the panel discussion.

Agenda

Afternoon

Registration: 2.30pm

Workshop: 3-5pm

Evening

Registration and refreshments: 6.30pm

Evening panel discussion: 7.30-9pm

Booking

To book a place on the afternoon workshop, please follow this link - and -

To attend the panel discussion, please follow this link.

 

DIYbio – learning to code or learning to type? – Postponed

Thursday, July 5th, 2012

NESTA Hot Topic

This event has been postponed till next year. The new date will be announced soon.

Title: DIYbio – learning to code or learning to type?
Location: MadLab
Description: NESTA Hot Topics series introduces the technological tools that will change our lives in the next few years. This event looks into DIYbio.
Start Time: 15:00
Date: 15-11-2012
End Time: 21:00





DIYbio: learning to code or learning to type?

Biological organisms do not follow the neat logic of a software program. They interact in unpredictable ways; they need care and time to grow; and, fundamentally, they come with the unknowns of natural systems rather than the order of manmade technologies. DIY biology and facilities to do this at a community level has parallels with the early stages of the open source computing movement, but at the same time, the complexities of biology might limit the potential success of amateur initiatives.

So how much is DIY biology like learning to code, or really more like learning to type?  As biological tools become part of the armory of today’s makers, is there a new set of skills and norms that come along with these? How does the routine of the lab mash with a creative hack culture? And what level of understanding do you need to do something truly inventive with a petri dish rather than html?

Nesta have teamed up with Madlab to run an event on 15 November at their facilities in Manchester. The event starts with an afternoon workshop (introducing biohacking in a biolab space), followed by an evening panel discussion on the theme of biological literacy. The panelists include; Asa Calow, DIY Biologist and Founder/Director of the MadLab in Manchester; John O’Shea, artist and creator of the world’s first bio-engineered football; and Philipp Boeing, UCL iGem and  London Biohackers.

The workshop is designed as a taster for those with little knowledge of these techniques, but more experienced users are also welcomed for the panel discussion.

Agenda

Afternoon

Registration: 2.30pm

Workshop: 3-5pm

Evening

Registration and refreshments: 6.30pm

Evening panel discussion 7.30-9pm

Young Digital Makers

Saturday, June 23rd, 2012

Young Digital Makers

Title: Young Digital Makers
Location: MadLab
Description: Event Launch
Date: 12-12-2012
Start Time: 12:00
End Time: 14:00
Booking: Free, but essential

From robots to Raspberry Pi, hackdays to summers of code, more and more young people are creating with technology.

But how can we inspire, involve and support a generation of digital makers?

Together, NestaNominet Trust and Mozilla have launched the Digital Makers programme and fund. Join them for an informal lunchtime event at MadLab on Wednesday December 12th where you’ll get the opportunity to find out more about the scheme and how to apply.

A light lunch and refreshments will be provided.

The event is hosted by the newly-created MadLabU18 programme.

Book your place here