Community Biotechnology Initiative

David Kong / MIT Media Lab

Humanity's capacity to engineer the living world is a collective concern that requires collective engagement. While synthetic biology has expanded the breadth of technical participation to include a host of engineering disciplines, the next generation of innovators in biotechnology will include diverse communities across cultural, socioeconomic, artistic, and creative domains.

The Community Biotechnology initiative is developing tools and technologies to enable the broadest possible participation in biotechnology. Our projects include the creation of low-cost enabling hardware, infrastructure for sharing, and new interfaces for artistic expression with biology. We are also organizing a global conference at the Media Lab this fall to bring together the international community of biohackers and members of independent and community laboratories. We hope to see you there!

Humanity's capacity to engineer the living world is a collective concern that requires collective engagement. While synthetic biology has expanded the breadth of technical participation to include a host of engineering disciplines, the next generation of innovators in biotechnology will include diverse communities across cultural, socioeconomic, artistic, and creative domains.

The Community Biotechnology initiative is developing tools and technologies to enable the broadest possible participation in biotechnology. Our projects include the creation of low-cost enabling hardware, infrastructure for sharing, and new interfaces for artistic expression with biology. We are also organizing a global conference at the Media Lab this fall to bring together the international community of biohackers and members of independent and community laboratories. We hope to see you there!