Our theme is "Making Stuff". Our valley is steeped in a rich history of making stuff, from the straw hat industry of Amherst to Holyoke and Springfield and Northampton. That tradition continues and we'll hear thought-provoking Ignites from folks Making Stuff in our valley.
There'll be folks talking about Fish, Games, Museums, and Biz. I'll be on hand to give a whirlwind tour of DIYBio (working title "The past, present, and future of making stuff through biology").
My plan (working on talk today) will be about all the ways we use biology to make stuff, starting with practical microbiology (of course), then making the leap to synthetic biology, and then spending some time showing examples of all the cool things happening among DIYbio folks. Of course, the emphasis will be on all the "making". And, I'm sure as I develop the outline, I'll start winnowing away the extra and find that one thing I am excited to focus on.
Let's see what actually turns out. The talks will be pecha kucha - 20 slides automatically flipping in 5 minutes - which I've never done before. Thankfully, I do NOT think 5 minutes is too short to share something that excites me.
Looking forward to a great evening!