I am Dorsaf from Medenine, Tunisia. I am a Biology Engineer. I was one of the participants in the innovation camp that took place in Medenine in the late December 2017, where I got introduced to this outstanding community of Edgeryders.
This experience was rewarding on so many levels. I had the opportunity to interact with amazing people and discovering that we share the same ideas and passions.
Yet the biggest outcome was finding the courage to start my own initiative: creating a biohacking space. It was an excellent fit for me since I have been having these thoughts and ideas of practising biology out of the academic context from the day I graduated. Special thanks to @anique.yael who enlightened me to this new practice.
So my idea for this project is to create a Biohacking space where I can introduce Biology to normal people, with a focus on kids who would be interested to dig deep into it and really get to the bottom of something they want to understand that has to deal with either their body or their ecosystem in order to help them improve their life (link for Prezi presentation). I want to be among the best but since I am a newbie in this field, I definitely need help from expertise, someone who has a sound knowledge in biohacking and here comes the magic of Edgeryders community: I got to meet @winnieponcelet here in Tunisia.
It was a fruitful encounter. We had the chance to share ideas and discuss different aspects of the project. By telling him what set of skills that I think I need to acquire in order to launch my initiative the right way, he pointed out the best practices to lead this project successfully and clarified many misunderstanding that I had in terms of defining the purpose of my project and establishment of my goals. He also shared with me how he started his initiative and the different stages that he went through and what are the obstacles he overcomes to achieve his success. All of this gave me a great help to organise my mess of ideas and to try putting them into actions.
I had also the pleasure to give him walking tour in the old city of Sidi Bousaid and the ancient Carthage where we explored the remaining ruins of the once mighty Phoenician city of Carthage and enjoy the beautiful sightseeing and to take in the atmosphere of a glorious long-gone past era. It is definitely one of the top things to do when visiting Tunis.
Finally, I am looking forward to connecting with more people here and share ideas and why not collaborate on future projects. @winnieponcelet again thank you so much for providing me with such valuable advices and hopefully, I can meet you again in Brussels and learn more.