July 28th - 30th, 2017
Located at Caesars Palace, 3570 Las Vegas Boulevard South, Las Vegas, Nevada 89109

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Call for Papers 2017

The DEF CON Biohacking Village is a multi-day biotechnology conference focused on breakthrough DIY, grinder, transhumanist, medical technology, and information security along with its related communities in the open source ecosystem. There have been multiple instances of DIYBio overcoming conventional science. We want to celebrate the biohacker movement with a compendium of talks, demonstrations, and a medical device hackathon.

The 2017 BioHacking Village theme is Medical Industry Disrupt. The Medical Industry is one of the last to be touched by technology. We have placed doctors and the study of medicine on an alter for years; the time of ivory towers, pedestals, and information isolation has come to an end. Biohackers are working on projects that have traditionally been kept in the labs of the medical institutions. We are moving science forward by working on DIY projects that matter and use citizen science to solve the economic problems that are caused by privatizing medicine and the resources for research.

Our goal is to extend beyond the scope of mission driven technology. This event and the community behind it place a strong emphasis on diversity, inclusiveness, education, collaboration, and contribution. The BioHacking Village is also focused on helping developers learn the skills and other factors associated with successful careers in biotechnology and software development. The event aims to provide opportunities to interact with like-minded scientists and developers, to learn from one another, as well as help each other see opportunities that may be available.

We welcome anyone interested in do-it-yourself biology. Biohackers reject the idea that all medical, biological, and genetic advancements must come from a large institutions, university, or corporation. We reject the idea that modifications to biology must only be in response to disease or dysfunction. We reject the natural order given to us by evolution… or perhaps we have evolved to the point where we can take evolution into our own hands. We dare to ask the questions: How can we use technology to enhance our raw abilities, specific skills, overall health, or well-being? How can we usher in an age where we not only fix what’s broken, but we make ourselves, and our world, better?

Important Dates

CFP Submission Form

Instruction for Authors

Like all hackers, we are looking to subvert the dominant paradigm...of life itself. Your talk should excite, elucidate, enlighten, and engage participants in the technical, mechanical, procedural, and human side of biohacking.

We are seeking three kinds of submissions: talks, demos, and labs.

Talks are the standard non-interactive presentation style, generally with slides, where one or several people enlighten, educate, and inspire the audience on an interesting topic or project.

Demos also stick to the presentation, one-to-many format, but the presenter uses most of the time to display a working technology, in real time, and may involve some level of audience interactivity.

Labs are purely hands on for the participants, who can wander in and DIY their way into biohacking. There is very little instruction, and when there is, it is one-on-one. Examples in other villages include the lock trees in the Lockpicking Village, and the tamper-evident kits in the Tamper Evident Village. Submitters are expected to provide their own materials.

In your submission, please indicate which you are applying for, but don’t worry too much if you aren’t sure. Take your best guess, and if we like your topic, we can easily change the submission type for you.

We require: A title, an abstract, outline, and presenter bio(s). If you have additional materials, such as an early draft of your slides or presentation text, please feel free to attach.

Time slots: Talk times can either be 30 minutes or 60 minutes with a demonstration. Please select your preference on the form. We reserve the right to pick a different time slot for you.

AV: Please let us know if you have AV or technical requirements besides the standard projector and mic.

Multiple Submissions: You are allowed to separately submit as many papers as you like.

Your submission will be held to the following standards:

  • Scientific rigor – Was the project conducted in accordance with the scientific method, and were any hypotheses properly investigated? Are less-scientific aspects of the topic acknowledged as such? If you’re not making any scientific claims, does your technology actually work? Or, if it was a failure, is it acknowledged as such with a detailed and interesting description of lessons-learned?
  • Significance – Is your project significant to the biohacking and scientific community? Does it add value, for either scientific, technological, ethical, cultural, or artistic purposes?
  • Originality – Is your project an original work, or at least sufficiently different from the work it builds on? (Exceptions can be made, especially for introductory & educational 101 talks.)
  • Coolness – Extra points will be given for the “cool” factor. We want to be wowed. We want our jaws to drop in wonder. We want to be blown away with the inspiring possibility that you have made reality. Amaze us.
  • Other helpful hints for paper submission can be found here.
  • No Spam Zone: No sales-focused talks or demos. Product demos or brief mention of products may be appropriate if the audience walks away with a deeper understanding of the actual technology or science involved. The focus needs to be on knowledge and skills, not on promoting a specific for-fee product. Spammers will be immediately rejected!


  • • Biotechnology
  • • BioArt
  • • DNA
  • • Bioinformatics
  • • CRISPR
  • • Human Sexuality
  • • Grinders
  • • Citizen-Scientists & DIY Research
  • • Culture
  • • 3D Printing
  • • Biomedical
  • • Engineering
  • • Implants
  • • Coatings
  • • Magnets
  • • Robotics
  • • Augmentation
  • • Neurotech
  • • InfoSec
  • • BioTech
  • • BioSecurity
  • • BioTerrorism
  • • iGEM
  • • Public Health
  • • Health Hacking
  • • Bio Law
  • • Bioethics
  • • Design
  • • BioBricks
  • • Synthetics
  • • Healthcare
  • • Food & Diet & Nutrition Hacks
  • • Mind Hacks
  • • Tissue Engineering (medical & non-medical)
  • • Biochemical Synthesis
  • • Biohacking 101
  • • Biosafety
  • • Neuro-Informatics
  • • Nootropics
  • • Aging and Life Extension
  • • Transhumanism
  • • Epigenetics
  • • Archeology
  • • Biophilic Architecture


The BHV celebrates global health ingenuity arising from maker communities from the dynamic perspective of emerging biology, technology, and human-enhancement. In one year, we have more than doubled our talks and tripled the number of attendees. The BioHacking Village has grown from a small half village of 11 talks and demos to a full village with 28 non-stop talks and demonstrations with standing room only and entrance lines that exceeded capacity.

Whether your interest lies in security, technology, engineering, science, humanities, design, or fabrication, donors to the BioHacking Village can be assured they are reaching an audience of unapologetically enthusiastic innovators.

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Watch for our tweets @DC_BHV for important updates before, during, and after DEF CON... and for many neat biohacking & bioengineering retweets.

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