What is DIYBio?

DIYBio – also referred to as Biohacking or Grassroots Biotechnology – believes that anyone can use biotechnology.

It is a mixture of hacker culture, activism, education, entrepreneurship, arts and design.

Watch the video to the right to learn where it came from and where it is heading.

History of Biohacking


Biotextiles, biodesign, mycellium


Brain computer interfacing


Techno anarchist libertarians


Hackathons culture, creative coding and anti-proprietary

Garage science

Labs in garages, undergrounds and squads


Self experimentation, open source drugs and quantified self


Home grown food and breeding


Nutrion hacking, performance diets and supplements

Open Software

Free alternatives and collaborative coding

Open Hardware

Making affordable alternatives to lab hardware

Citizen sensing

Smart citizens monitoring their environment


Democratizing knowledge through open courseware


Exemplary DIYBio projects

Biotic Gaming

Biotic Gaming combines four areas that often mix in DIYBio: biology, electronics, software and hardware. The contraptions allow players to interact with micro-organisms in real time and play games.


Engaging events and participatory workshops are perceived as an art in itself by DIYBiologists. Groups of enthusiasts get together to build prototypes, exchange ideas, conduct workshops and discuss the format to engage participants.

Events occur at dedicated DIYBio events (f.e. Biohack the Planet) and general hacking conferences.

BioFabbing Geneva

Biological Ink

Growing biomaterials is a common practice among DIYBiologists. The materials range from construction materials such as brick-like mycellium blocks up to special chemicals such as ink.

In the Bioshades project valuable pigments are extracted from bacteria and used to dye textiles.