Several new initiatives were explored to enhance community building. A shark tank startup competition was held, with 7 finalists who pitched their technologies to the attendees and a panel of judges. A portable microfluidics competition was also held, with 11 finalists who presented a short video to showcase their devices. A graduate student mixer & trivial night and a women’s faculty mixer were both held for the first time, and QR codes were used to simplify the collection of contact information.
μTAS 201621st International Conference on Miniaturized Systems for Chemistry and Life Sciences
Favorite memories: The most memorable aspect of the conference was George Whitesides’ plenary interview by Thomas Laurell, and hearing George expound on a wide breadth of topics over breakfast ahead of the opening remarks on the first day of the meeting. The inaugural Shark Tank session was another favorite highlight.
Challenging aspects: Watching the lines grow while waiting for the ferry boats to take people across the Savannah river was agonizing. Fortunately, Sara Stearns was able to deftly step in to find a solution and keep transportation from being a major bottleneck.
Pioneers in Miniaturization:
Aaron Wheeler, University of Toronto, Canada
Art in Science:
Maria Cristina Letizia, EPFL, Switzerland
Tony Huang, Duke University, USA
Daan Witters, California Institute of Technology, USA
Aniruddha Kaushik, The Johns Hopkins University, USA
P.A. Garcia et al., MIT, USA & A. Olanrewaju et al., McGill University, Canada (tie)