CoT geeking with CoolBoard – Chalet of Things…

On my visit to Paris, La Paillasse, i met these people from La Cool Co. who made this nice little ESP8266 based plant/soil monitoring device. So i got myself 2 of them… one for hacking and one to install in RandeLab.


See more about the CoolBoard on their Instructables.

Check the monitor in the preview

Now connecting it to a small solar panel and leave it here for a while. let’s see if it logs something that makes any sense….


Hopefully for future Soil-Geeking i can add the CO2 sensor and change the data update rate to follow soil bacterial activity. coming soon. check our notes on the hackteria forum.


Schnägge Hägge!

August 2016…

Working on Snail Hacking "Schägge Hägge!", making music with synthesizers and preparing the taxidermia workshop...
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SummerLab in RandeLab 2016 – Yeast-geeking and Edison-style

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Tried to grow more of Mary‘s YES-yeasts (Made in USA). Maybe I can make bread with it? Or ferment some sugars into alcohol? let’s just grow some more!

  • Thx to Mary I got some of her genetically modified yeasts (Made in USA), which act as estrogen bioreporters. Hmmm... i got some sterile tubes, special synthetic media -Trp, but the plate looks kinda infected, let's see how selectiv that media really is.

So now I just need to wait and the YES-yeast will grow, grow, grow your yeasts… lallalallalalaa. Time to got for a walk…
… and greet some friends! Welcoming Felix, the Uber-KulturChopf and creative educator from Labor Luzern, aswell as Jana and Kent from the local GeekSpace W3rkHof in 9kirch


Bring Your Own Tissue – µResidency HLab14 ReUnion Globaaal

May 2016…

Working on CocoChicken, MixTapes, fixing the cyber-bee-replacement robots, and watching HACKERS (1995)

Bring Your Own Tissue Impressions

Snail Dissection Workshop with Maggic!

More coming soon.... Inspired by ***warning*** GRAPHIC SNAIL GUTS


  • Find a nice, big and lively snail

Easter (H)Egg 2016

Nice spring weather for a few days of hacking during our Easter (H)Egg 2016.

Working on home-made piezo crystals making our own Rochelle salts using selfmade chemistry lab equipment and continuing the Harz 5 project to mine our own resin and make colophonium, which then later can be turned into great DIY flux for coating our circuitboards.


Pfffuuu…. but not so much wood available. let’s get into the forest and start another edition of Hinderbiegele!



Hagen Lectures: Reflections on Citizen Science

This weekend we have gathered some friends of the Hackteria Network to discuss and reflect on the various aspects of citizen science. The session started with chemical and thermal experimentations with pine tree resin lead by Aurelio, followed by a slow cooked fondue brought to us by the maker extraordinaire from Fribourg, Michi Egger, a.n.y.m.a.


And thx to Eugenio we had deep discussions on the role of gravitational escapism on evolutionary development of the human species.


je-participeDuring our discussions we have read through some recent reports mapping the citizen science ecosystem in Switzerland, the role of DIY science in citizen science EU report, and some general historic texts on citizen participation introduction “The Ladder” by Sherry Arnstein from 1969. The most recent paper by Rüdiger Trojok was also serving us to contribute to our discussion about the role of “Biohacking als emanzipierte Citizen Science” and our activities in the hackteria network, where he makes a strong point of new developments and the emancipation of the movement to be taken into account in contemporary citizen science world.

As we have been involved in various discussions recently this weekend served us to get a clearer idea and strategic vision for our role and goals. Upcoming events such as the “Citizen Science Workshop – Standards and Recommendations for Citizen Science” in Zürich, 17th November 2015, and the meeting of the Swiss network of citizen science, topic “Bio-hacking meets Citizen Science”, in collaboration with Science et Cité, will give us more opportunities to learn and contribute to the discourse.