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

Biomaterials

Biotextiles, biodesign, mycellium

Brainhacking

Brain computer interfacing

Activism

Techno anarchist libertarians

Hackers

Hackathons culture, creative coding and anti-proprietary

Garage science

Labs in garages, undergrounds and squads

Health

Self experimentation, open source drugs and quantified self

Gardening

Home grown food and breeding

Nutrition

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

Teaching

Democratizing knowledge through open courseware

Examples

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.

Events

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.

BioShades