Speakers confirmed!

We’re pleased to announce a fantastic lineup of speakers for the morning of Saturday, October 19th! Each of these presenters will be giving a brief 10-minute talk to inspire hacking.

We’ll also be encouraging all interested participants to come prepared with a 90 second pitch for a specific hack.


DanNovyDan Novy
Research Assistant, MIT Media Lab
Science Fiction to Science Fabrication -or- Pulp to Prototype
Science Fiction to Science Fabrication combines the analysis of classic and modern science fiction with the fabrication of actual physical prototypes or code-based interpretations of the technologies depicted therein.
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michaelbaymMichael Baym
Research Fellow, Harvard Medical School
“Real science from consumer parts”
Consumer equipment (cameras, office machines, smart phones, etc.) are become so cheap and powerful they now rival or exceed specialized laboratory equipment. We’ll look at some examples of how hacked together devices are being used in scientific research, and perhaps get inspired.
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MelissaLewisMelissa Lewis
Center for Open Science
The Role of F/OSS in Scientific Collaboration
The Center for Open Science builds free infrastructure to improve documentation, archiving, openness, and collaboration in scientific research using exclusively free and open source software. This talk will briefly describe what we’ve already built and what we hope to build in the future (including this weekend)!


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Sikander Hayat
Postdoctoral Fellow, Harvard Medical School
Make phylogenetic trees more fruitful
Multiple sequence alignments are essential for many computational biology methods. I propose to visualize them on an interactive 3d sphere instead of conventional 2d plots.

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Buz Barstow
Burroughs Wellcome CASI Postdoctoral Fellow, Harvard Medical School
“Bacteria that Eat Electricity”
Bringing together the efficiency of electronics with the flexibility of biological metabolism to make photosynthesis better.

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Christina 200x200Christina Szalinski, PhD
Science Writer and Program Coordinator, American Society for Cell Biology
“Reassessing Research Assessment”
Funding agencies, institutions that employ scientists, and scientists themselves, all have a desire, and need, to assess the quality and impact of scientific outputs. But how can we assess research output accurately?

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jgmJose Gomez-Marquez
Director, Little Devices lab
“Hacking Medical Technology”
Learn to use constructions sets, toys, and everyday parts to create DIY medical technology, around the world and at home in America. Our lab brings together antibodies, Legos, remote control cars, and people from all backgrounds to make healthcare more affordable and more accessible.


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