the Biohacking Village is uniquely poised to inform global conversations on citizen science, DIY Bio, and healthcare cybersecurity research. We leveraged the online opportunities of 2020 to join colleagues around the world to bring new audiences the stories of success and incident prevention from biohackers while also exploring the Internet of Ingestible Things and other rising research communities. In response to industry demand, we have embarked on a curriculum development effort to make a credential available for professionals in our field, developed new networking and recruitment approaches, launched partnerships with tools for device reporting, and, most importantly, worked with our members and sponsors to build the simulation laboratory for cybersecurity in biomedical devices that allows for the safe exploration of our global vulnerabilities.
Rare Dots supports the transformation of this program to an online-only delivery module, including strategic planning and fundraising, sponsorship retention, workforce development and trainings, tabletop exercise creation and facilitation, and new audience recruitment and engagement, particularly on behalf of the patient-centered hackers movement.
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In August 2021, Biohacking Village
produced a global event adjacent to the DEF CON gathering for hackers, security professionals, and fans of digital futures. The Village supported two capture the flag events (one in partnership with PNNL), a 30-piece device lab, 50 speakers, 5 workshops, two custom curated tabletop exercise trainings, and launched a state-of-the-art digital event space with Visiovent. The event identified a record 12+ vulnerabilities and engaged more than 1000 participants over the three days.
In April 2021, Biohacking Village hosted a global Internet of Digestible Things hackathon in partnership with the Future Crimes Lab of UCL and leads of the London-based firm, Enteromics, to explore the ways we all might better understand our chemistry and gut microbiome through a 3D printed programmable polymer.