Soil is Life. Tillage is Death. The Awesome Future of Agriculture!


Using a tenth of the water, employing more people per acre at higher wages and year round, building back soil at un-heard of high rates, and revitalizing a healthy ecosystem, Singing Frogs Farm has also increased their productivity to over 10 times the state average for equivalent vegetable farms. Discover the science and relationships behind no-till agriculture, climate change, community resiliency and your personal health!

Hacking Your Brain, a Primer


You can hack the brain to do new tricks if you know the places where old school mysticism like ''school'' and hypnosis and psychoanalysis and astrology and pavlovian training meet NEUROSCIENCE. Rubber band, magnet, tape, candy, coffee, vitamins and a few exercises can change your brain. We'll show you how.

Serious Science with Open Source Tools


The Maker movement has created a new set of tools that can be used to do serious science. I will discuss how Arduino microcontrollers and the R statistical language can be used to do science like the pros. Arduino boards can be interfaced with sensors and memory devices to measure and record environmental data. The data can help us to understand our environment and address questions about environmental change. The R statistical language can be used to visual data, summarize it, and test hypotheses. I will use examples from my own work in environmental science to show how these incredible tools put serious science within reach of Makers.

How Does Nature Make It?


Last fall MAKE and the Biomimicry 3.8 Institute kicked off a blog series exploring biology and what makers can learn from nature. This presentation will expand on that theme, highlighting the exciting synergies and opportunities that occur where the maker movement and biomimicry meet.

Nerds For Nature


Nerds For Nature brings technologists, environmental specialists, students, and citizen scientists together to build awesome tools that help us understand and revive the natural world. See how you can help!nn

Nerding For Nature: Leveraging Open Source Technology for Eco-Research


We're developing low-cost DIY-oriented environmental sensor prototypes and demo projects, with the common goal of learning about the earth's natural systems and managing natural resources. Urban air quality monitoring sensors and calibration is an ongoing interest. In recent collaboration with USGS and openCTD, we are exploring water quality and wildlife monitoring tools. We are evaluating various wireless technologies for smart and resilient remote sensor networks. We have demonstrated robotics-based applications as well, mapping water quality with floating UAVs and finding new species in local lakes via openROV cameras.

Lacto-ferment Just About Anything!


Did you know that you can take just about any produce you can imagine and turn it into nutritious, tangy fermented goodness using one easy technique? It's true and we show you how in this fun presentation which combines history, biology and nutrition to show you a new way to create tasty, microbiome-friendly food. Take your fermenting beyond sauerkraut and kimchi!n

Making Fresh Chevre at Home


Imagine this - you're throwing a dinner party and your guests show up to find that your appetizer is a sampling of fresh goat cheeses that you made from scratch yourself. They're amazed and impressed and you shall forever be known as the cheese god/goddess. Our little secret? It took you less than 20 minutes of active time to make them all! We'll show you how in this delectable and simple workshop. The perfect solution for impressive entertaining - easy, indulgent and elegant!!nnLearn the science behind what is happening and what the magic in time-lapse fashion.