Joel is the engineer behind the Pulse Sensor www.pulsesensor.com and OpenBCI www.openbci.com from 2014 to 2018. Joel designs and hacks electronics and specialize in biosensing. Other exploits include www.tympan.org, www.openhak.com. he is co-designing this year’s badge for the Biohacking Village at DEFCON.
I would like to build micro-energy harvesting devices that mimic nature (animals, bugs, parasites, etc). I would also like to swim in the ocean, and sleep in a hammock.
I am a physicists specialising in instrumentation. I have worked on experiments ranging from blue skies measurements of the Universal Constant of Gravitation, to practical mass metrology at the milligram level. At the University of Bath I work on open source hardware, including the OpenFlexure microscope.
I will bring openflexure microscopes, and spare parts into the field. Over the week others will be able to use them for their own projects providing feedback on how they perform in the field, and try to fix any issues on the fly. From this experience we will document the field performance, and plan a ruggedised field version of the microscope.
Coming from nearby Panama City, Mar is a musician, writer, sound artist, speaker, educator and cultural manager. An advocate of experimental and new music and sound studies. Co-founder and bassist of the Paisaxe Ensemble since 2008. Her poetry and short films have won multiple local and international awards. Her literary work has been translated into English, Arabic and French. She holds a Bachelor of Arts, Music (Arizona State University) and a master’s degree in Sociocultural Animation and Community Development. Certified instructor of Deep Listening and Nāda Yoga.
Her current research is based in the relationship between sound, the urban environment, bodies of water, memory and experimental art. For more info: www.maralzamora.net Instagram: @maralzamorarivera
During the Dinacon, I will be working on a series of soundwalks around Gamboa to meditate about the sound diversity that will surround us. Everyone is welcome to join! I will be writing sonic meditations, poems and create visual poems about the walks. Since Gamboa is located by the Panama Canal, it will be a biopoetic experience colored by history and life.
Margaret Minsky creates multimedia artifacts exploring learning, improvisation and thought. Her core research has been in the field of haptic interfaces (computational interfaces that simulate objects that you can touch and feel), as well as educational technology. Recently she has been investigating “Do We Think Differently Upside Down?”, substituting circus trapeze for furniture in the workplace and investigating whether that’s good for our cognitive, social, and physical wellbeing. Oliver Steele is a software engineer, technology advisor, and open source contributor. Previously he has been an engineering manager, product manager, and educator at Olin College of Engineering, Apple, Aol, and Nest.
The Dinacon 1 projects pages show our on-location projects as a team, and as individuals, last year. Amazing dinasaurs from dinacon 1 returning as node leaders for dinacon 2
L Wilkins is a cyborg based in Toronto, Canada. They are currently a PhD student at the University of Toronto, chair at Site 3 coLaboratory, and co-executive director of Little Dada.
I’m interested in exploring the relationship between the senses at nature through cybernetics. I want to explore magnetic fields and translating them into physical experiences. I plan to create at least 2 devices that translate these fields into sensory experiences, and contrast this data with other environments.
Antony Hall [UK] is an interdisciplinary artist / educator / amateur scientist. His current research concerns multisensory perceptual illusion, exploring methods used in experimental psychology within framework of artistic practice. Working with bio sensors and tactile feedback mechanisms to induce illusory experiences. Previous projects have investigated the physical behaviour of liquids, and the physiology of animals, for which he develops control structures [devices & instruments] within which these unique phenomena can exist, perpetuating their existence for extended observation, study and experience. For example; Working with electrogenic fish, harnessing their electric fields and communication signals, using a laser to record sound from microscopic pond creatures in a drop of pond water, analogue liquid light projection and Heleshaw cells.
He is a a founding member of Owl Project who work with wood and electronics to fuse sculpture and sound art and craft. They create crafted music making machines, sensors, interfaces and objects which intermix pre-steam and digital technologies. Drawing on influences such as 70’s synthesiser culture, DIY woodworking and current digital crafts, the resulting artwork is a quirky and intriguing critique of the allure and production of technology. The result is a distinctive range of musical and sculptural instruments that critique human interaction with computer interfaces and our increasing appetite for new and often disposable technologies.
Daniëlle is an international field researcher, environmental educator, paraveterinarian, and soon-to-be tropical forester from the chilly Netherlands. Dani not only documents projects, but uses her skills as an adventurous polymath to help practioners solve problems and fully realize their goals in wilderness contexts.
In dinacon 1, she served as the excellent documentarian capturing everyone’s amazing projects and experiences!
Valerie is the Director of the Wildlife Cancer Observation Network and a PhD student at Arizona State University. She studies all things animal, evolution and cancer related. Her particular interest lies in how cancer affects non-human animals, and how the different evolutionary paths each species has taken might affect how susceptible each one is to cancer. Additionally, she wants to understand how anthropogenic influences might affect cancer in animals and use this as a tool to explore our changing world. In her free time she plays cello, climb rocks, and occasionally trains computers to write poetry.
Yannick is the captain of the gorgeous Diva Marine. This is a vessel he and Tasneem have been working to develop into a marine makerspace on top of its normal duties as a commercial sailing and dive ship: https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/vessel-for-inquiry-a-marine-learning-lab-pilot#/
Lucky for us, we got Yannick to join our conference with his amazing ship. He will be docked off our island and generously providing