The Biohack Academy (BHA) is an education program of Waag Society Amsterdam. Coordinated by Pieter Van Boheemen, the Biohack Academy is an intensive 10 week course that is fully open source and distributed through partner labs around the world. The BHA was held the first time in the spring of 2015 and again in the fall of 2015.
The Social Media Workgroup of the University of New Mexico (UNM) has recently become one of the partner labs of the Biohack Academy. Huang Banh, a graduate student at UNM, has been attending the courses offered by the BHA the last three weeks online. Huang is currently working to develop functioning prototypes of various lab equipment including; sterile hoods, magnetic stirrers, incubators, microscopes, centrifuges and more.
He is using alternative materials such as wood, chipboard, salvaged electronics, and Arduino to construct the new innovative lab equipment. Huang stated, “There is a huge potential for this hacked lab equipment. Industry standards for equipment, like the magnetic stirrer, could cost you over $4,500. Why pay that much for a piece of equipment when one could be built for under $50? This hacked lab equipment could be made available to every community.”
More to come as Huang continues through the Biohack Academy program.