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Biology@Coderbunker: Bioinformatics

Jan 5th, when in silico meet in vivo

It has been stated that 21st century is the age of biology, but we disagree, as the statement misses out information technology. The fusion between information technology and biology has been a norm in academic research for simple reason: while information technology successfully changes how people live their lives, it can never treat cancer or increase life expectancy; while biology holds the promise to break nature’s limitation, it can never solve the puzzle without the help of information technology. We believe it would be beneficial for everyone in the 21st century, especially developers, to acquire some basic knowledge about biology.

Base on this belief, we initiated Biology@Coderbunker to build a biology community around coderbunker. We already have a community with talented developers in various aspects, such as data science, web development, virtual reality, etc, but we want to educate them biology, empower them to solve biological problems with the knowledge they have, generate networks and opportunities. To start with, we focus on bioinformatics, the discipline that combines data science with biology.

In each event, we will have sharing and discussion on one discipline where biology meets information technology (see the picture below). To remove the knowledge barrier, we would first give a brief introduction to the central dogma, which describes the basic yet crucial flow of genetic information within a biological system. In simple terms, it means “DNA makes RNA and RNA makes protein”.

“Forty years ago, even an army of people would never have had time to shift through the enormous amount of genetic data needed to answers health-related questions. Today, however, bioinformatic is making what formerly seemed impossible into a reality.” - Spencer Hall, Statistics and Philosophy Graduate with Cystic Fibrosis

“DNA is the hard drive, the memory in every cell in every living organism that has the instructions for how to make that cell. All the information in the world could be encoded and stored in DNA, and it would fit in the back of a SUV.” - Nick Goldman, Molecular Biologist at European Bioinformatics Institute

“All organisms contain molecules such as DNA or RNA that provide information about their identity, health, biological state, response to stimulus or evolution. Real-time monitoring of these molecules can provide information to monitor the identity of a biological item or changes in an environment, supply chain or individual’s health status.” - Metrichor Ltd, Company offering real-time analysis of biology to anyone anywhere

- About the Speaker -

- Guest Speaker -

Stephane Laurent 罗思凡, International Business Development, Entrepreneurship, Blockchain Technology, Project Shivom

A world citizen, I started my career in the field of conflict resolution, working for UN-backed projects in the Middle East. My strengths are in the area of international business analysis and development, supported by strategic and project management skills as well as the ability to speak 5 languages. Passionate about technology, global development, and entrepreneurship, I currently manage a community of social entrepreneurs out of Shanghai and work on various Blockchain projects.

- Call for Speakers and Partners -

We need your support in knowledge, networks, and resources. Share your knowledge and vision about the fusion between information technology and biology in the coming events. Coderbunker is the place to let your ideas spread and we want to learn from your experiences. Here, we’ll cover topics where information technology meets biology: bioinformatics, DNA computing, the Internet of living things and more. Feel free to suggest topics and get in touch.

• Establish yourself as a thought leader in your discipline

• Promote yourself and your company during the event

• Network with developers and business partners

• Timeline: January 2018

• Email:

• WeChat: scan the QR code below and tell us your idea

- Agenda -

• 18:45 Check in
• 19:00 Sharing
• 19:30 Discussion
• 20:00 Networking
• 20:30 Check out

- About the Meetup -

• Date: January 5th, 2017
• Time: 19:00-21:00
• Topic: Intro to DNA and bioinformatics
• Target: Anyone interested in information technology and biology
• Price: RMB 50 (includes 1 drink) and free for members
• RSVP: Scan QR code below for registration
• Location: Coderbunker (1199 Panyu Road, Building 3, Underground)

- Registration -

- Location -

- About Project Shivom -

Steered by the Non-for-Profit, Project Shivom are creating the largest genomic data hub around the globe, where anybody will be able to get their genome sequenced, stored and utilized through an open health marketplace. This massive ecosystem will provide space for other healthcare and wellness providers such as clinics, genomic counselors, pharmaceuticals, research organizations, governments, patient support groups, and insurance companies to add their apps and services, alongside genomic data analytics and personalized medicine.

- About Coderbunker -

Coderbunker is an international community that helps talented developers grow into successful freelancers with their own personal brand. We connect freelancers with customers by helping customers find the right resource at the right price at the right time. Through our community branding, we’ve generated hundreds of such opportunities in the last year. We have 50 members growing at a rate of 3 members a month.

- About Agoraspace -

Agora Space is an international coworking office located in Xuhui district, Shanghai. We are engineers, makers, traders, designers, and entrepreneurs working as freelance or running startup or business.

  • WORK: 200 Mbps unfiltered wifi; Custom design workstations; Safe, quiet and cozy open spaces; Fully serviced private offices; Clean air with natural daylight
  • ENJOY: Premium Belgian beer; French cheese; Cooking Workshop; Quiet garden; Weekly Events
  • MEET: Inspiration from a wide range of industries: Finance, Programming, Fashion, Art, Coding, and Manufacturing. Enjoy a true diversity. (40% Chinese, 40% Europeans and 20% from all around the world)
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