HackteriaLab 2013 Participants
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Participants and Collaborators
Interests: "Community of learners", create an intense international hack learning lab.
Short Bio: Urs Gaudenz is microengineer and founder of GaudiLabs. He worked for Swiss high tech companies in the field of micro sensor technology and brushless motor control. With his solid background in electronics, mechanics and software he is working in a concurrent style between the disciplines. After several years of experience as a consultant in innovation management he is now engaged as lecturer for product innovation at the Lucerne University of Applied Science and Arts. His aim is to evolve towards more balanced collaborative entities in social action, business and technology.
Dr. Marc Dusseiller
Interests: Daphnia-Hacking, Euglena burgers, BioElectronics, low-cost diagnostics, building DIWO community bio-labs
Short Bio: Dr. Marc R. Dusseiller is a transdisciplinary scholar, lecturer for micro- and nanotechnology, cultural facilitator and artist. He works in an integral way to combine science, art and education. He performs DIY (do-it-yourself) workshops in lo-fi electronics, hardware hacking, microscopy, music and robotics. He was co-organizing Dock18, Room for Mediacultures, diy* festival (Zürich, Switzerland), KIBLIX 2011 (Maribor, Slovenia), workshops for artists, schools and children as the former president (2008-12) of the Swiss Mechatronic Art Society, SGMK. Currently, he is developing means to perform bio- and nanotechnology research and dissemination, Hackteria | Open Source Biological Art, in a DIY fashion in kitchens, ateliers and in developing countries.
Short Bio: Yashas Shetty is an artist and composer based in Bangalore, India. He is currently an artist in residence and faculty at the Srishti School of Art, Design and Technology. He helped found the Center for Experimental Media Arts at Srishti and has previously taught at design schools across India. His works look at the relationship between language,ecology and technology. He is also one of the founding members of the Hackteria project.
Dr. Mukund Thattai
Interests: evolution of cells, formerly synthetic biology
Short Bio: Prof. at NCBS
Interests: Archives, Video Art
Short Bio: Born in 1963. Lives in Bangalore, India, Ayisha Abraham is a visual artist who does installation art and makes short digital films. She studied Fine Arts at the MS University, Baroda, India, BFA 1987, Rutgers University, New Jersey, USA (MFA) 1995, and did the Whitney Independent Study Program in 1991-92. She works as a visual arts consultant at the Srishti School of Art, Design and Technology, Bangalore, India. She has, among other courses on the history of visual cultures, organized an in house documentary film festival for the students titled “Nazariya”. She is presently engaged in making a series of short experimental film from home movies she has been collecting since 2000.
Agus Tri Budiarto aka Timbil
Short Bio: Wine Maker, Coffee Farmer, Artist and AgroChemical Engineer. Lives and works in Yogyakarta, Indonesia
Sharath Chandra Ram
Short Bio: Sharath Chandra Ram has research and pedagogical interests in citizen science, cognitive neuroscience, digital humanities and media arts. He graduated from the University of Edinburgh specializing in Artificial Intelligence and interactive virtual environments within the Institute of Perception Action and Behaviour. He is Faculty at Srishti School of Art Design & Technology and a researcher at the Centre for Internet & Society, where he setup and coordinates activities of the Metaculture Media Lab, an open citizen hackerspace. He previously was a Research Associate at NIMHANS (National Institute of Mental Health and Neurosciences),Dept of Cognitive Neuroscience.
Project Green : http://goo.gl/kRT93
Open Lab : http://goo.gl/MDgnW
Interests: open societal structures, low-cost sensors, cultivation techniques, urban farming.
Short Bio: former technocrat, would love to be an artist, settle for being a social hacker.
Interests: I am interested in the intersection of innovation, uncertainty, and social organization. Passionate about resilient societies, open sourced platform, and models thinking.
Short Bio: Shah has recently started a collaborative platform in Kathmandu, Nepal called the Open Biotecture (OB), which aims to develop open sourced low-cost solutions for self-sufficiency and sustainable living practices in basic requirements of shelter, energy, food, and water. Open Biotecture desires solutions that can be both scaled widely and implemented independently by sourcing localized resources.
Dr. Sachiko Hirosue
Interests: learning/learning by teaching, eating, science/art/society interface
Short Bio: Sachiko Hirosue works as a researcher at the interface of biomaterials and lymphatic physiology in the Institute of Bioengineering, School of Life Sciences, École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne, Switzerland. Her interests in bio art derives from the encounter at the Subtle Technologies Festival (Toronto, Canada) , which she co-chaired from 2005-2008.
BIO DESIGN for the REAL WORLD
Interests: programming, DIWO tech/science, context appropriate technology, income generation through hacking skills
Short Bio: Sakar is programmer by trade and a tinkerer by desire. A recent dissident from the world of cubicals he has started two enterprises in the last year. GalliGalli (www.GalliGalli.org) a social tech company. And Karkhana (www.Karkhana.asia) a company with a mission to support a culture of experimentation. Both companies are based in Kathmandu, Nepal. Working in areas with limited career opportunities for creative technologists and limited resources for R&D shapes his two main interests, i.e. context appropriate technologies and how DIY, DIWO tech/science can be parleyed into careers or income generating business.
Interests: building DIWO community bio-labs / algae / moss / fungi / sensors / diy electronics & function of basic components / sound / glitches / microfluidics / molecular gastronomy / space+stars+planets+galaxy / sci fi ....
Short Bio: Robertina explores in her projet's various media such as video and ambiental installations and more broadly conceived cross media / technology within the context of contemporary art practice. The context of her ideas and concepts is often realized in collaboration with other authors, and thus through interdisciplinary and informal integration embodied in her work.
In 2012 she organized Interactivos?’12 Ljubljana: Obsolete Technologies of the Future at LJUDMILA digital media lab in Ljubljana where she was between 2008 and 2012 head and a co-ordinator of art and educational activities.
Short Bio: Is currently an artist in residence at NCBS through the Pro Helvetia Program
Dr. Spela Petric
Interests: politics of science and distribution of knowledge, terRabiology, evolution/protocells, mimicry, biopolitics, circadian rhythms, stem cell research/regenerative medicine, aptamers/synthetic metabolism & biochemistry/reengineering
Short Bio: Špela Petrič (1980), BSc, is currently studying at Transmedia, LUCA, Brussels. As an artist she focuses on the cross-section of biological sciences, performance and art and collaborates with the Kapelica Gallery in Ljubljana. Her recent work includes Humalga: Towads the Human Spore (art-research project with Robertina Šebjanič, 2012), Circadian Drift (installation with Maja Smrekar, 2012), CTCAG - recognition (lecture-performance, 2011), Cladocera (installation, 2010)
Interests: electronics, music, acoustics, DIY, 8-Bit Homecomputers
Short Bio: Ron Schneider is a self taught artist exploring the correlation between sound and technology. Based in Berlin works as a music producer, sound technician, musician and engineer modifying or building custom electronic instruments. He is currently an artist in residence at Srishti School of Art, Design and Technology. 
Interests: Contemporary and Classic Novels, travelling, Music,
Short Bio: Rajina Shrestha is doing her undergraduate studies in Bangalore from Bishop Cotton Women's Christian College.
Background: Practice-Education, research and curriculum development(science and math)
Muhammad Hidayat aka Togar
Dr. Sanjay Sane
Interests: Insect flight, neurophysiology
Dr. Madhu Venkadesan
Dr. Yamuna Krishnan
Interests: DNA nanotech
Dr. K. S. Krishnan
Interests: stem cells – planerium
Dr. John Mercer
Dr. Deepa Agashe
Interests: evolution of bacteria and bugs
Dr. Uma Ramakrishnan
Interests: population genetics, wildlife
Dr. Krushnamegh Kunte
Dr. Jitu Mayor
Interests: cell biology
Dr. Rohini Balakrishnan (IISc)
Interests: crickets, Animal communication and Bioacoustics
Sebastian Luetgert, rolux.org, textz.com
Sarah Lawton, www.sharingthemaking.co.uk
Tips for travelling to India
Almost everybody travelling to India will need a visa. tourist should be ok for participating at the lab. it usually takes 1-3 weeks depending on where you apply for it. one has to fill the online application first and then send or bring everything to a local indian embassy/consulate in your country.
selected countries, such as finland, singapore, japan etc.. are eglegible for visa-on-arrival. but only at designated airports, not including bangalore.
for swiss participant see details here