Digital Biology and Do-it-Yourself (DIY) Communities Gathering

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Event Description

New participation and work concepts that go beyond open innovation towards true collaboration need to be developed. Digital Biology and Do-it-Yourself (DIY) communities' event taps into this by describing in detail a research-in-action on success factors of collaboration in perspective of pharmaceutical companies and DIY communities.

Discussion proceeds will start with presenting insights from research and interview studies that help perspectively diverse and participants from both communities identify existing loopholes, while providing collaboration opportunities via discussion and prototyping in a communication and procedure guidelines.


Friday, June 15th 2018: Welcome in GaudiLabs

Arriving in Lucerne and having a welcome beer at GaudiLabs. Exchanging the latest news.

Saturday, June 16th 2018: Hacking Fluids

Hacking in GaudiLabs
Optional: A "short" hike on the mount Pilatus and visit to the famous moon milk cave. Time for informal discussions.

Sunday, June 17th 2018: Future Prototypes

One day a whole FabLab is ours. We can use 3D printers, laser cutters and tools to work on some future prototypes. And hack the HiSeq.

Monday, June 18th 2018: Open Digital Biology Lab

Experimenting with digital biology devices and technologies in Gallery K25
9am – 12am LAB-SET-UP
We are setting up a temporary lab in a gallery
12am – 1pm LUNCH BREAK
1pm – 3pm SHOW & TELL
Bring your prototypes
5pm Dinner
8pm - Open End Jam Session with mystiriousF and bentelyFX

Tuesday, June 19th 2018: Do-It-Together

Research-in-action on success factors of collaborations between pharmaceutical companies and Do-It-Yourself (DIY)
9-30am – 10am WELCOME
Coffee and orange juice
10am – 10:30am INTRODUCTION
Insights from interview studies
10:30am – 11am DISCUSSION
11am – 11:20am CONCLUSION
Identifying collaboration environments and rules
11:20am – 12am PROTOTYPING
12:00am – 12:20am PRESENTATIONS
12:30am – 1:30pm LUNCH
Participants will be invited to lunch following the event


  • Alesandro Volpato, Berlin, 17.- 20. (Sunday morning - Wednesday morning)
  • Bengt Sjolen, Sweden / Berlin, 15.-19.
  • Eugenio Battaglia, Portugal ? with Partner?
  • Federico Muffatto, Amsterdam, 17. - 19. (- Tuesday 17.35 from Zurich)
  • Gabriela Sanchez, Geneva, 18. - 19. (Monday and Tuesday, staying in Thun)
  • Lucas Zeer, Torronto,Canada
  • Rüdiger Trojok, Munich, 17. - 20. (Sunday evening at 0.30am - Wednesday morning)
  • Ryan Fobel, Torronto, Canada 15.- (arriving Zurich at 8am on Friday)
  • Sachiko Hirosue, Lausanne, 17. - 19. (Sunday - Tuesday 11:20pm)
  • Stefan Deuber, Zurich
  • Yanwu Guo, Basel

Extra Participants for Monday and Tuesday:

  • Andrew Warrinton, Novartis à Monday afternoon
  • Michael Rebhan, Novartis (Monday afternoon and Tuesday)
  • Anja Zimmermann, Uniklinikum Freiburg
  • Stefan Baumann, gigmade AG (Monday afternoon and Tuesday)
  • Raimund Erdmann (will attend the 19th Workshop)

Lightning Talks on Monday

  •, Open Biolab Munich / Techfest (Rüdiger Trojok)
  • DigiBio from Biohacking Project to Startup / Experience report HAX Accelerator in Shenzhen (Federico Muffatto)
  • SciBots from Research to Startup (Ryan Fobel)
  • OpenDrop Ecosystem and potential Applications (Urs Gaudenz)
  • The Brainery - Vlog on digital microfluidics (Lucas Zeer)
  • Exploratory Innovation at Telecom (Alesandro Volpato, to be confirmed)
  • you?

Topics to be Hacked / Discussed

  • Future vision on digital biology
  • Cell Free Phage Synthesis and Digital Biology
  • Bio-Server
  • Magnetic silicone films as flexible sensors
  • Transparent electrowetting devices (ITO etching)
  • 3D printed electrowetting devices
  • Open Drop Version 3
  • Update on SciBots
  • GOSH 2018 Shenzhen
  • GOSH Open Hardware for Science Roadmap
  • FerroBot
  • HiSeq, DNA Sequencing and Synthesis
  • Droplet routing software
  • Localised surface plasmon resonance (LSPR)
  • Post Illumina strategy
  • OpenDrop for DefCon BioVillage (Skype with Joel)


GaudiLabs, Neustadtstrasse 7, Luzern
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Gallery K25 Gallery K25/ Kellerstrasse 25, Luzern

FabLab Luzern

Mondmilchloch, Pilatus Luzern
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Airbnb hosts are covered by the event's organizer.

"Central Garden Oasis" - Neustadtstrasse

"Over the Roofs of Lucerne" - Helvetiaplatz

"Residency GaudiLabs" - Neustadtstrasse
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How to get There

Prior to your arrival in Luzern, we prepared some logistic summary of the event for your review.


There are two possible ways to travel to the city of Lucerne from Zurich airport. The first is by taxi and the second by train. Taxis are available at the airport throughout the entire day. The train from the airport to Lucerne is the IR70 and IC 1 which are available from 5am to 11:36pm. The Zurich airport taxi ride to the city of Lucerne takes approximately 45 minutes, under normal traffic conditions, and will cost around 240€. The train ride to Lucerne costs 12.50€ for a regular one way ticket.

Stick to the SBB web site. Choose the plain "Luzern" option. That's the central station. You can also purchase the ticket via the ticket machine at Zurich airport, but there's also the SBB ticket counter/center close to the arrival area. When you emerge from arrivals at Zürich airport, just follow signs "Bahn/Railway", This will take you to the station. At the ticket office, ask for a ticket to Luzern. The ticket seller will also tell you when the next train is and where to catch it - easy! There are multiple departures per hour from the Zurich airport to Luzern. The departure boards and platforms are easy to follow. If confused, ask a SBB official. And if you miss your train, relax. Another one is leaving in 30 minutes. I would recommend - make it easier for yourself. Take a direct train which goes every hour. They alternate: direct train, half an hour later train which goes somewhere else and you have to change in Zurich Hauptbahnhof then half an hour later again direct train to Luzern and so on. The only little problem when buying tickets from the machine. It does not accept our credit cards. Ergo, you have to withdraw cash from ATM and pay with it.


To reach GaudiLabs (Neustadtstrasse 7, 6003 Luzern) from Lucerne train station, you can either take a walk for approximately 11 minutes or 5 minutes by bus (see the map bellow). Your bus (Number 4,6,7,8) departs every 2-3minutes from Platform A. Don’t forget to drop out at Bundesplatz stop and the GaudiLabs is within 2-min-walking distance. [MAP]



Depending on your initial location, the gallery can be reach within walking distance or by bus (number 4,6,7,8). The bus takes around 5-8mins ("Werkhofstrasse" stop) and is available every 4-5mins. [​​ MAP]