SJB: What challenge will the teams be addressing?
TM: The goal of this event is to try to automate biology to improve reproducibility and efficiency. Teams will be working on a range of projects centred around ‘open bioware’. Our sponsor Synthace is building a programming language for biology, Antha. They are bringing a whole range of open source hardware like liquid handling robots, PCRs and plate readers to help teams think of ways we can make biology less about manually moving liquid samples and more about reproducibility.