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.
Patrick Paumen is a biohacker who has been experimenting with implants since 2011. He has 17 implants total; 5 biomagnets and 12 RFID transponders from biohacking company Dangerous Things. The biomagnets allow Patrick to sense magnetic fields, as well as lift small objects. The different RFID implants are mostly for access control applications like unlocking doors at his home, office, and car, as well as unlocking his devices. He can also share contact details or other data, control electronics. His most recent implant is the VivoKey Flex One which is capable of running security software and performing cryptographic tasks.
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 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 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.
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.
-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.
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 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.
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.
Dr. Michelle Sands is a #1 International Best-Selling Author, licensed Functional Medicine Physician and Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine (ND), highly sought-after Female Hormone and Epigenetics Expert.
Her book and programs have been featured on ABC, CBS, Outside Magazine, The Boston Herald, NBC, and Fox News, USA Today. She is also a Board-Certified Holistic Nutritionist, and a Certified Personal Trainer and Endurance Athlete.
She is passionate about helping women to harness the power of nature so they work with their unique genetics and live vibrantly, not just optimizing health physically, but mentally, emotionally and spiritually as well. Her goal for all women is for them to love their bodies and enjoy their lives. She uses modern
science, functional lab testing, holistic lifestyle medicine, natural supplementation, epigenetic coaching, and eastern philosophies to restore health and increase vital energy in every woman she works with.
Dr. Michelle enjoys an active lifestyle and is a 7-time Ironman triathlon finisher, ultra-marathoner, former competitive kickboxer, world champion adventure racer and active, and fun-loving mom.
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.
Samantha co-founded Open Bionics in 2014 when she learnt about the work that Joel was doing on open source robotic hands. Samantha has an exceptional business acumen and brings valuable experience in project management, marketing and business development. Samantha has elevated Open Bionics to a globally recognised brand and has recently won several awards celebrating her entrepreneurship.
Fabiola has a masters degree from Parsons in design and technology, and has since worked as an interaction designer, focusing on healthcare for fortune 500 companies. Her passion for tantra and inspiring people to connect better to themselves and each other through the medium of seamless technology inspired this idea.
Robin Arnott, CEO, is a game designer, entrepreneur, public speaker, and techno-mystic based in Austin, TX. As the lead developer of SoundSelf, Arnott has an intimate understanding of the needs of independent development studios, and the means by which software can profoundly impact player consciousness.
Adi is an architect, designer and new media artist. Working at the intersection of emerging technology, art and design, her work uses technology to question human perception, interpersonal connections and social constructions. Adi holds a Master of Architecture with distinction in written thesis from the Bartlett, UCL. Currently, she is designing large scale entertainment venues at Populous, San Francisco.
First and foremost I am a guru of trivial knowledge. For exercise I run from rabid dogs, wrestle alligators while simultaneously participating in eating contests, and running for public office. For fun, I drive with my eyes open, play hopscotch in the rain, race big wheels, have staring contests with wolverines, and pass out band aids to gunshot victims. I frequently use onomatopoeias. My favorite word is “interesting”, since it has multiple meanings and all appear positive on the surface. I have been in bioinformatics, security and devices game for about 15 years and worked on various medical projects (Got one you want to talk about? Find me!). Educationally I have two degrees, biomedical informatics and translational medicine – with a focus on medical devices) and I am the PM of the BioHacking Village at DEF CON.
Boomer Anderson is the Creator and Podcast host at Decoding Superhuman.
Decoding Superhuman utilizes performance analysis, behavior change, and
technology to help clients optimize their health allowing them to achieve
and sustain a high-performance life and to provide an individualized approach
to performance backed by science and data.
He is a Certified Epigenetic Coach, Neuro-Linguistic Program Practitioner, and member of the American Association of Drugless Practitioners.
Eng. Valerian Linus Sanga is a Tanzanian Engineer and the co-founder, Director of Finance and Administration of STICLab in Dar es Salaam. He is a tech enthusiast and innovator dedicated into building sustainable solutions using local available resources and tech. Valerian is also a Visiting Industrial Fellow at The University of Bath and a Visiting Researcher at Cambridge University, UK. Together with his team and collaborators from UK, He is working into building a 3D Printed Digital Microscope for Malaria Diagnosis with AI and Machine learning capability, a 3D Printed Digital Microscope for supporting science learning in both primary and secondary school along Tanzania. On the other hand, with his co-founders at STICLab He is working into building a tissue culture facility (Sterile Chamber and a simplified media mixture) for facilitating production of banana seedlings of the selected genetically strong bananas.
The BDYHAX Conference will take place at:
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.