Scientific research has a reputation for being expensive, requiring fancy microscopes, massive observatories, or even one-of-a-kind machines like the LHC. But it doesn't have to be that way. Amateur astronomers have spotted supernovas and watched objects slam in to Jupiter. People have set up molecular biology labs in their garage, and "hack days" have made software development accessible to anyone with an interest and modicum of skills. This panel will take a look at the growth of DIY science, describing some of the opportunities it presents and the trends we might see.
Evan Korth is in the Department of Computer Science at NYU, and co-founder of hackNY.
Oliver Medvedik is the co-founder of Genspace, a nonprofit that promotes public access to biotechnology.
Catarina Mota is the co-founder of openMaterials, which provides open source smart materials for DIY experiments.
Nina Tandon is a biomedical engineer at Columbia University's Laboratory for Stem Cells and Tissue Engineering, where she relies on open hardware and software platforms.
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