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2018 Open Technology Workshop

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This event aims to showcase and celebrate open source technologies in research and education. The workshop will consist of a morning of talks followed by a Biomaker Fayre with demo stations in the afternoon.

The fayre will highlight projects by teams participating in this year's Biomaker Challenge (a four month programme challenging interdisciplinary teams to build low-cost, DIY instrumentation for biology. For more information, visit as well as projects by makers in the community and industry leaders.

9:00 Check-in
9:30-11:00 Talks + Q&A
11:00-11:30 Tea & Coffee
11:30-13:00 Talks + Q&A
13:00-14:00 Lunch
14:00-16:00 Biomaker Fayre & demo stations
16:00 Biomaker Challenge awards and drinks reception
17:00 End

- "600 below to 400 above: science with Raspberry Pis"
Richard Hayler (Raspberry Pi)

Since its launch in 2012, over 20 million Pis have been sold. Many of these are used by scientists of all ages, and several hardware products that use the Pi as the core of a scientific instrument have been developed and produced. This talk will look at some of affordable options for doing science with the Raspberry Pi including seismology, climate monitoring and how to run experiments in space

- "Open tools for animal conservation"
Alastair Davis (Shuttleworth Fellow)

An active conservationist and technologist all his working life, Alasdair Davies is combining these two passions with a third - openness - to bring affordable, customizable technology to the field through the Arribada Initiative. He is designing, developing, and producing open hardware, in partnership with field interventions, employing open approaches and licences. His objective is to break down the barriers that inhibit access to such technologies, delivering better, cheaper, reliable solutions to help the global conservation community better monitor and protect our planet.

- "Hacking Open Source 3D Printers to Make Better Solar Cells"
Grey Christoforo (Dept. of Physics, University of Oxford)

- "Open Instrumentation for Africa: Microscopes, measurements, and more"
Julian Stirling (Dept. of Physics, University of Bath)

Affordable open-source scientific instruments have the potential to revolutionise health care in the developing world. The benefits of open source go well beyond price reduction, as a local industry can develop not only to produce, but more importantly to maintain the equipment, protecting clinics for vendor lock-in and high repair costs. Effective open production requires a number of tools---such as 3D printers---to be locally available, but also the equipment for validating instrument performance. In this talk we will discuss the production of 3D printed microscopes for malaria diagnosis in Tanzania, the challenges of local production, and our plans for the future.

- "Open Cell, building a critical mass for biotechnology"
Helene Steiner (Co-founder & Director Open Cell, Co-founder & CCO Cell-Free Technology)

- Biomakespace
- OpenCell
- Citizen science with raspberry Pi
- DaisyDriver: simple, cheap, transparent automation for science
- Multispectral imaging camera with raspberry Pi
- Humane Technologies
- Cartesian coordinate robot for dispensing fruit fly food
- Temperature controlled container for sample transportation
- Automated water irrigation, lighting and monitoring system for plant growth
- Agarose device to generate and study an in vitro embryonic model system
- Wearable biosensor for monitoring vaginal discharge
- The Oscillostat: evolution under temporally-controlled selection
- Open bioreactor for local enzyme manufacturing
- Visual programming for Biomakers
- Improving dual-view imaging in a custom-built light sheet microscope
- Palm sized spectrophotometer for biosensors application in environment surveillance
- LyseeFlask
- and more!