Biomaker Challenge is a four-month programme challenging interdisciplinary teams to build low-cost sensors and instruments for biology. From colorimeters to microfluidics and beyond, we’re looking for frugal, open source and DIY approaches to biological experiments.
Whether you’re a biologist looking to optimise your protocols and pick up some electronics knowledge; an engineer looking to apply your skills and gain experience of practical biology or you’re just curious and interested to participate, we’re keen to hear from you.
Participants will receive a Biomaker Toolkit and a discretionary budget for additional sensors, components, consumables and 3D-printing worth up to £1000. Up to 50 grants will be awarded and all teams will exhibit their device at a Biomaker Fayre in early November.
Applicants and teams:
- Primary applicants should be students or staff at the University of Cambridge, John Innes Centre or the Earlham Institute. External team members are welcome.
- Teams can be any size, including individuals if all other eligibility criteria are met.
- Interdisciplinarity within the team is a judging priority but teams or individuals from the same background are not excluded.
- Teams which span Norwich and Cambridge are highly encouraged and will receive two Biomaker Toolkits and ability to use their discretionary funding for travel between the two sites.
- All proposals must lead to a publicly documented and open hardware design and prototype which demonstrates interdisciplinary thinking.
- Except for Cambridge-Norwich team travel, the discretionary budget can only be spent on hardware, materials, consumables and biological reagents.
For full details see the Biomaker Challenge page on www.synbio.cam.ac.uk
Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org with any enquiries.
The Biomaker Challenge is organised by:
- OpenPlant (Cambridge) and the Synthetic Biology SRI: Dr Jenny Molloy; email@example.com; 01223 766546
- OpenPlant (Norwich): Dr Colette Matthewman; firstname.lastname@example.org
- CamBridgeSens: Dr Oliver Hadeler; email@example.com