Saad Chinoy

BioPlastics and Kombucha SCOBY Leather – experiments in kitchen science.

Fermentation brings people together on a microbial level. Using pro-biotic projects to talk methods, flavour, art, and tech all at once in a hands-on and constructive manner lends itself to a shared understanding of the science and indigenous knowledge of the microbiome through storytelling.

I’ll be working with the DreamSpace team and folks from Sri Lanka to learn about their famed Ceylon Tea and the culture that surrounds it. With hands-on workshops on making Kombucha Starter, SCOBY, and vegan leather I hope to initiate an exchange of stories, recipes, practical ideas, and creative expression. This, together with cooking up bioplastics from rice-starch to address the constantly growing challenge of single-use plastics I hope to use kitchen science and informal education to link awareness, outreach, and solution prototyping through hands-on activity.

With the current economic crisis and a need for revenue from Tourism, I feel an influx of creative and collaborative international travelers offers a sign of positive support. With the Intention of building resilient systems, and helping to build resilience into systems I trust the open-sourced maker / hacker / DIY approach will inspire innovative progress through a “perfect storm” of challenges.

#MakersGonnaMake #WeAreWhatWeCreateTogether

Other projects: conversations with Dinasaurs and Dreamspace folks organically lead to many, many “side projects” some of which are documented here because, photos!

DinaCafe / Lounge w Tali and the Dinasaurs
– DIY filters
– Caffeinated contributions
– Lounge / after-dark toddy Shenanigans (Oh My Gourd)

Papaya sap based alternative to CivetCat Coffee w Marc and the BioLab
– see also a side-side-project using papain protease enzyme for vegan cheese w Ahac and BioLab

ShroomMonitor w Cris, Pramo, Brian, and a hacked humidifier
– Introducing Microcontrollers with Arduino and reverse engineering to emulate a touch sensor

BikingHacks w Andy and DreamspaceCollective
– Turning bicycles into horses using Coconuts and laser-cutting inspired by MontyPython and Trotify

Other other projects
– DIY Incubator w BioLab
– ButterChurn jar w 3D printed hand-crank inspired by visit to the museum
– Caffeinator redux – cold brew coffee to keep caffeinated in spite of power cuts