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The Beyond to Skypelandia

  • Feb 17, 2013 · 3:00 PM
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Biotech Bootstrappers,

Its time to setup our laboratory. And that requires we act soon. Since the first meeting in the lab on Thursday, we have subsequently been donated even more equipment. In fact we need to start organizing our space, pronto! Our website is Come check it out!

We have a system in place to do this. Leah Cannon helped us organize the task list and we would like to get those volunteers interested in organizing the lab on there. We thought it would be a good idea to have another conference call and get people acquainted with the asana system. We proposed using skype for this but if there is enough demand we can use google voice.

We want to accomplish a few things in this meeting. We want to use our Asana task list to complete these things before we are ready to officially launch.

First, we need to prepare a crowdfunding campaign that will start sometime in March. This will involve producing a video, organizing rewards to those who fund us and personalizing our message for a website like Kickstarter. We have a videographer and some ideas that Kevin, Joseph, Leah and I have suggested but we could use some help developing a storyboard. Plus if anyone wants to be an extra in the video we will need citizen scientists!

Second, we need to establish a volunteer network who can help organize some of the educational classes and laboratory procedures. Leah, Joseph and I have proposed to be involved in the development of educational classes but we need help in making the curriculum and the laboratory protocols accessible to those interested in lab work.

Third, we need resident experts! These are citizen scientists willing to volunteer time for advising students and hobbyists on practical science and engineering advice, especially on the weekends and weeknights. And these teachers may teach classes here in their respective areas of expertise, which could result in being paid for the curriculum development and delivery.

Fourth, we need to establish Bylaws. How will we train our members on certain equipment? What kinds of experiments can we do? What times can we be in the lab and what supervision is needed? Who is responsible for ordering reagents and consumables? These and many more questions need to be addressed and we hope we can work together to draft something that we can all adhere to.

Finally, once all the above needs are met, we will need a part time (and eventually full time) lab manager. The lab manager's responsibilities will develop from whatever we organize in the lab so, at the moment, the job responsibilities are not set in stone. This would be a paid job once we have raised the funding and set our goals.

In any case, I thought the above list would be a good primer on what we need to accomplish in the upcoming weeks so we can be on target to our official opening in May!

Please come join us on Sunday at 3PM in the Skype Cloud to incubate our incubator which contains incubators, for the Bio, Tech and Beyond Laboratory.

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  • Richard R.

    cant get on shin dig

    February 17, 2013

  • Richard R.

    Sunday's at 3 I probably not be able to make it for this conversation (family guy that has to juggle kids that day). Regarding points:

    1 -- Can you jot down basic concepts so we can think about it? Do we need to make stuff that people want to buy? Are there other realistic funding sources to pursue?

    2 -- Wouldn't the class curriculum be based on what the public wants to learn? I like what NYC Resistor does where they sell tickets ... if not enough tickets sold don't have the class. Also what is the expertise/interest of the DIYbio folks interested in this space and do we have the equipment there to do that? Maybe it would help to list the equipment that is there thus far ... 3 -- This sort of relates to point 2. What is the public interested in....?

    4 -- This may relate to point 1 a little since its a sustainability issue. What can be developed at that place which people will want to buy and can that volunteer person be apart of managing that?

    February 13, 2013

    • Richard R.

      here's a trick for making your microwell plates for fluorescence assays - http://sdtechprinting...­

      February 16, 2013

    • Richard R.

      o well guess this skype thing isn't working

      February 17, 2013

  • Kenneth

    Looking forward to it!

    February 17, 2013

  • Babak E.

    All great ideas!

    February 14, 2013

  • Tracey M.

    Hi all! I'm not sure yet if I'll be able to make the Sun Skype session, but I'd like to see how I can get involved. I'm a microbiologist with over 10 years of experience in pharma/biotech and industrial microbiology.

    February 13, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I am impressed that your group is on the right track. It is much more difficult when you have to do it yourself in a garage with no-one to help with idea development. When you do have a potentially good product, there is a great need for help in developing the manufacturing, marketing and administration. e.g. someone who has done it before. Wish I was younger and lived closer. I would love to help. g

    February 13, 2013

    • Richard S.

      Hi George,
      Well there is plenty of other ways to get involved, if you have friends or colleagues that might be interested definitely let them know that we are here! Raising awareness what we are about and

      February 13, 2013

    • Richard S.

      ...where we intend to go with the community lab will be very important in getting the right infrastructure, expert know-how and finally building the community so it is a sustainable ecosystem! I am sure there are still many ways to get involved all it takes is finding in what manner you would like to contribute and we can probably discuss this on Skype this weekend or via Asana!

      February 13, 2013

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