People

Node Leaders

Node Leaders are experts in many fields hosting public projects at dinacon that you can collaborate with! 

Mar Alzamora

Coming from nearby Panama City, Mar is a musician, writer, sound artist, speaker, educator and cultural manager. An advocate of...

David Defilippis

I have a bit of a unique background before becoming a field biologist. I spent the first seven years after...

Rob Faludi

Robert Faludi is an advisor and consultant for connected device companies. He is currently head of product for Perceptive Things,...

Marko Peljhan

Marko Peljhan is a theatre and radio director, conceptual artist and researcher. He founded and co-founded several still active arts organizations...

ART±BIO Collaborative

ART±BIO Collaborative is an artist and scientist-led nonprofit organization based in Cambridge, MA that fosters the integration of Science, Nature, and...

Valerie Harris

Valerie is the Director of the Wildlife Cancer Observation Network and a PhD student at Arizona State University. She studies...

Deren Guler

Deren Guler is a researcher and educator who specializes in designing accessible technology solutions and tools. She holds a BS...

Amit Zoran

[July 1-8] Hybrid (digital, molecular yet local) Gastronomy. Dr. Amit Zoran is Senior Lecturer at the School of Engineering and...

Julian Stirling

I am a physicists specialising in instrumentation. I have worked on experiments ranging from blue skies measurements of the Universal...

Scott (Seamus) Kildall

Scott (Seamus) Kildall is a new media artist (www.kildall.com) who creates installations about how nature interacts with humans, including creating...

Kitty Kelly

Kitty Kelly (Quitmeyer) (wellreadpanda.com) is a librarian turned professional yarn-crafter. Her interests lie in sustainability, knitting and crochet, books, and...

Leah Beuchley

Leah Buechley is a designer, engineer, and educator. Her work explores integrations of electronics, computing, art, craft, and design. Her...

Margaret Minsky and Oliver Steele

Margaret Minsky creates multimedia artifacts exploring learning, improvisation and thought. Her core research has been in the field of haptic interfaces...

Tiare Ribeaux

During DINACON, I am interested in a few different avenues of exploration: studying symbiotic relationships and mutualism in different species...

Maggie Kane

]Maggie Kane (http://www.streetcat.media/) is an experimental artist that specializes in the design and development of sustainable social systems via technology...

David Bowen

[June 02 - 14] David Bowen  is a studio artist and educator whose work has been featured in numerous group...

Adam Zaretsky

Adam Zaretsky Ph.D. is a Wet-Lab Art Practitioner mixing Ecology, Biotechnology, Non-human Relations, Body Performance and Gastronomy. Zaretsky stages lively,...

Michael Candy

Michael Candy (Australia/Nomadic) is an incredible kinetic artist. He uses physical technologies to impart systems theory on ecology and sociology (http://main.michaelcandy.com)....

Madeline Schwartzman

Madeline Schwartzman (www.madelineschwartzman.com,  @seeyourselfsensing)  is a New York City writer, filmmaker, and architect whose work explores human narratives and the...

Sjef van Gaalen

Design researcher. Futures & Fiction, Collage & Camouflage. Structure & Narrative. Some of you might remember the mess of a...

Craig Durkin

[ May 27 - June 9 ] Craig Durkin (http://www.highcube.org/) is a renaissance man of design and fun adventure. During...

Jonathan Gill

I plan to develop a low-cost, open-source platform for testing the perceptual and cognitive abilities of animals in the wild....

Joel Murphy

Joel is the engineer behind the Pulse Sensor www.pulsesensor.com and OpenBCI www.openbci.com. Joel designs and hacks electronics and specialize in...

Mónica Rikić

Aug 25-31 Bio: I’m a new media artist and creative coder from Barcelona. I focus my practice in code, electronics and...

Josh Michaels

[Aug 18-28] Josh Michaels is a multi-disciplinary artist & scientist who works with time as a medium. Josh perceives of...

Documentation Team

This is the team we have hired that will help you with Rule #2 of dinacon – document your projects! They are one of the most valuable resources we have!

Ananda Gabo

(Photo of me eating a military meal ration from the Peoples Liberation Army of China.) I did go to university...

Participants

Here are the amazing junglepunks that will rock DINACON 2 with you!

Conference Chairs

L Wilkins

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.

Andrew Quitmeyer

Dr. Andrew Quitmeyer is a hacker adventurer studying intersections between wild animals and computational devices. He left his job as a tenure track professor at the National University of Singapore to start his own Field Station Makerspace in Gamboa Panama: Digital Naturalism Laboratories (dinalab.net). Here he blends biological fieldwork and DIY digital crafting with a community of scientists, artists, designers, and engineers from around the world. He runs mobile workshops called “Hiking Hacks” where participants build interactive technology in outdoor, natural contexts. The Digital Naturalism Conference (dinacon.org) is his research’s largest event, pulling in over 100 participants annually from all fields to collaborate on finding new ways of interacting with nature. His research also inspired a silly spin-off international television series he starred in for Discovery Networks called “Hacking the Wild.”

Tasneem Khan

Tasneem has spent the last decade facilitating interdisciplinary initiatives in the fields of ecology, conservation, education and science communication. Her formal training in marine zoology and practice in the development of experiential learning pedagogies was translated into active programs during the eight years spent as director of the Andaman and Nicobar islands Environmental Team. Tasneem’s photography and writing are visible across scientific and popular publications, book contributions and development of learning materials.

Beyond the scope of research and field based education, she believes that learning and working across subject boundaries is fundamental. Her participation in public speaking and leadership programs is an effort to explore these pathways.

Past Participants

Over 100 people from every part of the globe came to Dinacon last year!

Hopefully you will be able to join us this year! Apply Now!

Saad Chinoy

Dates: Jun 1 - Jun 6 Project: Mud-Microbial fuel cell, and midichlorians. Also perhaps a...

Marc Huet

Dates : June 18 - July 1 Project : Playable simulation of how plastic waste...

Brian Huang

Dates: June 8 - June 18 Education Engineer / Founding Center Director @HackSchool My Project:  I...

Vanessa Rosa

Dates: June 5 - June 26 Vanessa Rosa is a Brazilian visual artist and art...

Hannah Wolfe

  Dates: 06/26/2018-07/07/2018 Project: Island Caterpillar Bio:  Hannah Wolfe is a media artist and PhD...

Shahab ud din

Shahab ud din is a young nanotechnologist and studying as a doctoral student at King Mongkut's...

Raune Frankjær

[01/7 - 07/7] I will spin some webs and lace up some tree(s). The webs...

Mary Miller

[Dates: May 30-June 13] Projects: Secret graphic novel project I've been working on with Andy...