The GaudiLab

GaudiLabs are creative spaces for working, thinking and living where culture and technology meet. We conduct open research in open source culture technology. Developing methods, process and devices to unite people and knowledge from different fields and backgrounds. The third space for third culture.

GaudiLabs LLC

GaudiLabs the corporation is a provider of open source solutions and network partner for open technology platforms. Developments include OpenDrop digital microfluidics platform, PocketPCR low cost USB powered PCR thermocycler and a broad set of open source generic lab equipment. Products are sold through GaudiShop online.

GaudiLabs – Laboratory spaces

Head Quarter in Lucerne, Switzerland

Open Source Lab Equipment

The lab is equipped with high-low tech tools for mirco- and biotechnology. Most of the tools we use are do it your self (DIY) and open source and are built from widely available and recycled parts found in consumer products such as DVD drives, hard disks and pc fans. Building the specific devices further helps to understand the basic principles behind and learn more about the technologies and methods used. The discussions among scientists and engineers in the process of rethinking the devices to make them more accessible are very fruitful and often lead to new and innovative designs. Links point to more detailed descriptions and source files published on the website.

For more information see project page: Generic Lab Equipement

Hack Sprints with GaudiLabs

Hack sprints are short and intensive hack sessions where people interested in a particular subject meet and work together. The goal is to present the subject, elaborate it by just doing it and learn from each other. The results should then be openly documented for others and for further investigation. Sprints also serve to build the network and to get to know each other. In the future large collaboration project may arise from it. The meetings are strongly community run and are planed spontaneously on a more or less regular basis.

Recent hack sprint subjects:

– Broadcast on Enzymes for Fashion Revolution (2021) – Link
– Open Graphene Research (November 2020) – Link
– Open Microplastics in Soil Research (October 2018) –Link
– Lick the Moonmilk, the origin and use of moonmilk (August 2014) – Link
– Micro-residency at GaudiLabs, DIY microfludics (January 2014) – Link
– Knitting session “Bring your own wool” with a hacked Brother KH-903e (December 2013)
– DIY Laser tweezer, cell trap, oligo synthesis (September 2012) – Link
– Algae Hacking at GaudiLabs (June 2012) – Link
– Do eat your laser Tofu DEYLT (August 2012) – Link
– DIY Laser tweezer, cell trap, oligo synthesis (September 2012) – Link

Upcoming sessions:

– Digital Microfluidics Hackfest
– Transorgan on a Chip Hacksession
– … your suggestion?

GaudiLabs mobile









A broad range of mobile devices and tools in boxes, many years of experience in moderating workshops and setting up temporary labs allows us to create an environment of creative collaboration in any place. Mobile lab formats include:

– Public open labs
– Hackatons, Hack Sprints
– Hand’s On Workshops
– Science communication and public outreach
– Exhibitions and art installations
– Collaborative educational formats (Winter- and Summerschools, intensive weeks)
– Uncoferencing
– Field trips
– Public Intervention
– Art and Science events

Hackaton to create solutions for water purification, water sampling and sanitation in an intensive 24 hours collaboration. As part of the UNESCO conference Tech4Dev, Technologies for Development, 2014.
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Setting up a mobile lab in the Wonosadi Forest of Yogyakarta, Indonesia as part of the HackteriaLab 2014 together with Green Tech Community. Research in natural environment, documenting the diversity in the forest, along with narratives and knowledge from the local villagers.
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Hand’s On Workshop as part of the UCLA, Sci | Art NanoLab Summer Institute exploring Interdisciplinary nanoscience researce. Application of creative thought and imagination that go beyond a traditional reductionist approach. link1 link2

CreaLab Summerschool on the topic of NEW-WORK (2013) and CO-LABOR’ATORIES (2014) , Lucern University of Applied Sicence and Arts. link1 link2

Session on the topic of “Open Factory” during an Unconferencing at the Open Hardware Summit Rome, 2014. link

DIY Mobile Gen Lab

During the Mobile Lab Hackaton in Ljubljana concepts and prototypes of laboratories in boxes, baskets and suitcases have been developped and tested.

For more detailed documentation and credits see PDF.

The suitcase has been aquired by Denisa Kera, for the Hackteria Object Collection and was on exhibition at ARS ELECTRONICA, Project Genesis.

The idea of a genetic lab in a suitcase is beeing pursued by an iGEM Team with the Darwin Toolbox, now Bento-Lab.