On my flight from LA to Oakland, the person sitting next to me on the plane happened to also be going to the conference. It was such an ECSTATIC
moment. We talked a lot about our interests and it felt really exciting to connect with someone who is just as ambitious and eager to learn. If you’re interested, Maria is doing really cool things in climate and food tech. She’s the co-founder of MikuyTec
, which aims to extend food shell life with recombinant antimicrobial, antifungal and antioxidant peptides. How cool?!
I remember every person I had a conversation with during my time in Oakland. Some shared their stories, hopes and interests, and I’m still so blown away by the resilience and determination expressed in each person.
From bean-less coffee and hair tech to programmed cell models and glow in the dark plants (no kidding), walking through the conference felt like watching the future unfold right in the present moment.
Here’s an incredible animation depicting the potential of synthetic biology: