HackScience Series 1: Automate

HackScience Series 1: Automate

Imperial College London, Jan 2016

Imperial College London, the birthplace of HackScience, is naturally where we held our first series. Researchers from across faculty came to us, full of stories of manual and mindless labwork that used up hours of their precious research time! Separately, we started to gather together a crowd of engineers, hungry to work on real-world problems rather than classroom examples.

Ideation and Team-Forming

We started the session with a brief intro to HackScience and an example of an home-made automated system. Next, it was over to our selected researchers, who gave 3 min pitches on their laborous lab issues, focusing on how much of their time these processes currently waste. Following the pitches, engineers joined teams with the researchers and got down to ideation, aided by the mentors.

The Ideation session from Series 1: Automate

Posted by HackScience on Tuesday, 23 February 2016

Training

Imperial College Hackathon, 29-30th Jan 2016

On a winter’s weekend in January, 9 mixed teams of researchers and engineers came together at Imperial College London to build automated systems for research. They totally blew us away with the things they built in just one weekend! Real-world research in areas such as solar energy, cancer and malaria research will be faster because of the innovative automated tools built at this hackathon weekend! We accelerated research – science got well and truly hacked!

Hackathon Series 1: Mentors

Martin Owen

Martin Owen

Industry Automation Expert

Martin has 15 years of managing Quality by Design and implementing Design of Experiment practices at GlaxoSmithKline (GSK). He brings industry insight to the HackScience process, and advice on how to expand the automated tools further

John McLaughlin

John McLaughlin

Field Engineer, National Instruments

John is a field engineer for National Instruments (NI), providing consultancy for researchers on the correct instrumentation needed for the experiments and investigations they're carrying out

James Bannock

James Bannock

Lab Automation Guru

James is a PostDoc in the Department of Chemistry at Imperial. The whole lab he works in is automated, meaning lab automation is his bread and butter!

Avi Braun

Avi Braun

Pro Arduino Hacker

Avi is a PostDoc in the Physics department at Imperial. He's a seasoned hand at solving problems with Arduinos, as well as teaching scientists how to use them

Luca Annecchino

Luca Annecchino

Labview Automation Guru

Luca is a researcher from the Department of Bioengineering. His research involves automating experiments on neurons, so he's great at using Labview and other NI tools

Series 1 Partners

Imperial College Robotics Society

ICRS is Imperial College's Robotics Society, providing a space for students to create all things robotics! They also run events, ranging from talks on AI, to PCB workshops! ICRS have partnered with HackScience to provide training, as well as use of their facilities during the Hackathon.

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