Austin

February 23-24th, 2019

BDYHAX is back in Austin for our fourth year of making human augmentation accessible. Don’t miss 2 days of talks from national and international speakers on wearable and implantable tech, brain computer interfaces, prosthetic technology, gene therapy, bioethics, cyborg art, and the newest research. Meet and collaborate with other biohackers, tech enthusiasts, and experimenters throughout the conference as well as at The Wormhole our Saturday night celebration of cyberpunk and science fiction.

Lepht Anonym

Lepht Anonym is a biohacker currently based in Birmingham, UK, working with implants to extend the body’s sensory input among other pursuits. Lepht was around for the beginning of the biohacking movement itself, and has seen it grow and change over more than ten years. Thought to be one of the first biohackers, or at least the most notorious, Lepht’s experiments with implanted technology in a DIY fashion using homemade devices and self-taught skills have led to them becoming a strange underground figure.

 

Biohacking itself is the underground practice of functional body modification, with the intention of augmenting the human body or experience. It is rooted in transhumanist ideas about self-determination and self-improvement using technology. Biohacking can involve potentially illegal activities depending on what country you are in, which laws apply about self-surgery, what counts as “surgery” and “medical practice”, et cetera. The community of biohackers is quite niche but is starting to gain more recognition by the media, and also by parts of the medical and scientific community. Some see it as a real attempt to bring the philosophy of transhumanism into the real world: a chance to improve the human condition. Others see this kind of activity as unethical and dangerous. Lepht thinks both opinions have some merit in debate and is always willing to talk about them. They love science, transhumanism, hacking, futurism, body modification and cybernetics, and are honoured to be at BDYHAX 19.

Joey Wong

Joey B. Wong is an Entrepreneur and Biohacker from Hong Kong, whose compassion and service-centered approach to business have both earned him the reputation as an up-and-coming advocate of human health and augmentation. He is the founder of Khemcorp, a company that manufactures authentic and tested Oxytocin Nasal Sprays and other biohacking products.

Having been born with chronic inflammation, fatigue, eczema, and Asperger’s made early life incredibly challenging for Joey. After traditional methods failed to help him, he was ultimately forced to take a biohacking centric approach to life and eventually developed a life-long passion for technological intervention in human mind and body.

Throughout the span of his multifaceted career, Joey done work for prominent companies like National Geographic and Lionsgate. He has built an array of profitable products that solve problems which are primarily health-related as well as authored over 50 articles on health issues.

Currently, Joey is trying to bootstrap a website called Stardust.bio. Stardust is a platform where biohackers can create their own bio profile, post content, collaborate on research together and monetize their work.

Joey is strongly opinionated that biohacking needs to be better defined with a clear separation between DIYbio (home laboratory research) and direct human augmentation/modification efforts using technology available today. He believes that human enhancement technology has to be democratized to prevent even worse inequality in the future.

Michelle Smirnova

Michelle Smirnova is an Assistant Professor of Sociology and Associate Faculty member of the Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies program at the University of Missouri in Kansas City. Her research expertise includes the sociology medicine, gender, intersectionality, and cultural expressions of power and resistance.

Brian Bushway

Brian Bushway was born and raised in Southern California and became totally blind at age 14 due to optic nerve atrophy, has been featured as “the world’s best totally blind mountain biker” and was one of first riders and organizers of Team Bat, a group of blind, solo mountain bikers and self-reliant athletes.

Through strength and perseverance, and with FlashSonar echolocation training from Daniel Kish and World Access For The Blind  (WAFTB), Brian graduated from Pepperdine University in 2005 and earned a Masters in Special Education and Orientation and Mobility in 2015.  

 

Currently, Brian Bushway serves as a Perceptual Navigation Instructor for WAFTB, teaching persons of all ages how to ’see with sound’ since 2000 and has worked with many organizations create blind mobility programs and education courses based on FlashSonar™, Perceptual Navigation, and family coaching.

 

Jenny Huberman

Jenny Huberman is an Associate Professor of Anthropology at the University of Missouri-Kansas City. She is currently researching transhumanist attempts to usher in a posthuman future.

Don Andres

Serial Entrepreneur, Advisor & Public Speaker. +10 years of experience in Biotechnology and Bioinformatics for the public and private sectors in the United States, Brazil, and Germany. Fights for fair and total access to biotechnology, also develops and supports technologies and business that use biotechnology to create global impact.

 

Current Organizations:

-Founder and Director at SyntechBio – Biohacker Spaces Network.

Supports worldwide biotechnology innovation and democratization.

-Fellow in Artificial Intelligence for Life Extension, Foresight Institute. Palo Alto, USA.

-Co-Founder, Chief Technology Officer and Board Member at OneSkin Technologies. San Francisco, USA.

OneSkin believes in the power of data and technology to fight the oldest disease of humanity, aging.

-Mentor at TERRA Food & Ag Accelerator.

Cary Costello

Dr. Cary Gabriel Costello is a sociology professor and Director of LGBT+ Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. His academic specialty is the relationship between identity, the body, and social power, with a particular focus on sex and gender. His research projects include a longitudinal study of avatar embodiment in social worlds, and the history of the medical regulation of physical sex. An intersex trans man married to an intersex trans woman, he is also an advocate for social justice for sex and gender variant people.

Justin Atkin

Justin Atkin is a biologist and the founder of “The Thought Emporium” which focuses on doing scientific research and education. His current project is focused on producing strains of yeast that produce silk proteins from black widow spiders.

David Krantz 

David Krantz is an epigenetic coach, musician, audio engineer, entrepreneur, and altered states enthusiast. He serves as Director of Psychoacoustics at Apeiron Center in Asheville, NC where he explores in the intersection between art, science, and health. As a coach, he works with clients to create whole-systems strategies for optimal wellness based on genetics and specializes in the endocannabinoid system, mitochondria, and cognitive health. Joyful curiosity is the force that magnetizes him to his multiple passions and he sees the body as a symphony that can be better tuned if you listen closely.

Mikey Siegel

Mikey Siegel is a robotics engineer turned consciousness hacker.  He envisions a present and future where science and technology support psychological, emotional and spiritual flourishing.  Where our devices not only connect us to information, but also connect us to ourselves and each other, acting as a catalyst for individual and collective awakening.  He is currently teaching at Stanford University, founder of Consciousness Hacking, BioFluent Technologies, the Transformative Technology Conference, and serving on the board of Trustees of the California Institute of Integral Studies. He received an MS in robotics from the MIT Media Lab.

The BDYHAX Conference will take place at:
LZR
612 W 4th Street, Austin, TX 78701

 

There is no partnered hotel this year. We recommend taking advantage of any of the nearby hotels, hostels, or AirBnB’s.

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