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2018 Open Technology Workshop

Join us in celebrating and showcasing open technologies in research and education. The day-long event will consist of a morning of talks on everything from open technology for wildlife conservation to hackathons in Zimbabwe, followed by a Biomaker Fayre in the afternoon where this year's Biomaker Challenge teams, as well as makers from the community, will exhibit their open technology projects.





9:00 Check-in
9:30-11:00 Talks + Q&A
11:00-11:30 Tea & Coffee
11:30-13:00 Talks + Q&A
13:00-14:00 Lunch
14:00-16:00 Biomaker Fayre & demo sessions
16:00 Biomaker Challenge awards and drink reception
17:00 End


- Alastair Davis (Shuttleworth Fellow)
- Louise Bezeidenhoudt (School of Anthropology & Museum Ethnography, University of Oxford)
- Grey Christoforo (Dept. of Physics, University of Oxford)
- Julian Stirling (Joint Quantum Institute, University of Maryland)
and more...



The fayre will highlight projects by 14 teams participating in this year's Biomaker Challenge - a four month programme challenging interdisciplinary teams to build low-cost, DIY instrumentation for biology. For more information, visit

If you have an interesting project using open technologies, created as part of the Biomaker Challenge or independently, you are invited to exhibit it at the Biomaker Fayre during Open Technology Week!

  • Register your project 
  • Complete a risk assessment (Please dowload and fill in the template and upload back to the folder renamed with the title of your project by October 15. Null returns are required and the template allows for this.)
  • Prepare a PDF A3 poster and upload to the shared folder. We will print it for you on good quality card! 

Please email Alex at  with any questions.


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