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Ending the Year of Citizen Science + the Future of Participative Health.

You are cordially invited to the BioCurious end-of-year holiday party/lecture! In typical fashion, please bring what you can to share. I'll handle the rest. I made a public spreadsheet you can add your items to. Also, if you can volunteer to help setup or cleanup, please email me (very little time commitment). Thanks, everyone! Now, a word about the event:

Schedule:

6:30-6:45: Meet and greet
6:45-8:15: Talks
8:15-9:00: Q&A, social hour

"May you live in interesting times." It may be the Chinese curse, but I believe it depends on perspective. Some have problems... and some have problems to solve. It's the latter group I bring to your attention - those who've created globally-impacting, innovative solutions to problems facing us.

Our next speakers thing big, actualize their ideas, and bring you - the community - along for the ride.

First up will be Jason Bobe, Director of Community for the Personal Genome Project, Cofounder of DIYbio.org, and Cofounder of BioWeatherMap.org. Jason will share the latest news on DIYbio and what we might see moving forward. Next will be Greg Biggers, Founder & CEO of Genomera, a Silicon Valley startup focused on making health more accessible, understandable, and participative.

Finally, I will say a few words about BioCurious in 2010 - how we moved from garage to (almost) our own building and, wow, how things have changed. I'll also explain the CitSci Study Contest I'm holding. Design a study, enter it, and (if you win) have it hosted on Genomera + receive a 23andMe Complete Edition. See more. Many thanks to Institute for the Future, for hosting us!

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  • Greg B.

    I had a great time with you all. Great energy in the group. I loved how engaged everyone was as I was talking. Thanks for your attention and all the participation!

    December 22, 2010

  • Eri G.

    One of the best! We learned what the President's Commission had to say about DIYbio (all good) from its Cofounder, heard a brand spankin' new lightbulb joke (Q: how many citizen scientists does it take to screw in a lightbulb? A: Nobody knows. It was done in a double-blind study) that earned its inventor a 23andMe kit, and made speculations on how we in particular will participate in the health shift from n=they to n=we. There was cake, local, wine, and triscuits. Thanks to our donors! And thanks to our great hosts, Institute for the Future, c/o Vivian Distler!

    December 22, 2010

  • A former member
    A former member

    My Citizen Science involves writing to authors of papers who disagree with each other and to make suggestions about related questions as yet unanswered. Doesn't work all that well, but the cost benefit ratio remains high just by virtue of the low cost of my efforts.

    December 22, 2010

  • A former member
    A former member

    Very interesting and mentally stimulating presentations from Greg and Jason and discussions with people of BioCurious. Thanks so much for your efforts to organize this event. I'm looking forward to attending more events in the new year.

    December 22, 2010

  • Bill H.

    really great meetup!

    December 22, 2010

  • A former member
    A former member

    I got sick again. I don't want to be contagious and my voice is messed up.

    December 21, 2010

  • Adam P.

    Need to work

    December 21, 2010

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