We're super excited to announce our Keynote Speaker: Ramy Kim!
Ramy is an Oakland-based environmental health scientist-activist, organizer, and educator who works on biohacking and science outreach for public collaboration and knowledge-sharing. She currently works on strategy with the worldwide collaborators of Open Insulin for the equitable development of an open source insulin protocol and drug distribution, intended for the Commons.
As president of Counter Culture Labs, she focuses on how to actively make community and DIY biology inclusive for all. Her environmental justice projects involve place-based participatory understanding of open civic data, air quality, and lead contamination rooted in citizen science. She recently completed her fellowship for Pathways to Equity, a design leadership program by the Open Architecture Collaborative and devotes time as a Code for America National Advisory Council member. To slow down, Ramy enjoys gardening and scheming for better post-capitalist futures.
Community-based wellness will be a strong theme of the event. In an effort to make the space welcoming and inclusive to people of all bodies, the weekend will also include anti-racist yoga instruction by YogaRoots on Location; Black Dream Escape, an intentional, private space for Black and Indigenous folks curated by rest doulas Onika Reigns and Windafire; ASL interpreting by Deaf/hearing tandem teams; and mental health support offered by Murmurs of Hope.
On the Sunday of the event, a “People’s Solarpunk Spa Day” will take place at Body Euphoria, offering affordable wellness services and cyborg upgrades. The spa day is a fundraiser to support the Stone Cabin Collective, who provide holistic health care services to Diné (Navajo) elders resisting forced relocation at Black Mesa, AZ.
The conference runs 10am - 6pm, Sat Sep 14th and Sun, Sep 15th. Doors open at 10am. Sessions begin at 11am. Black Dream Escape will be on location Saturday from 12-2pm. Inside Our Minds will hold a Mental Health Cafe, a radical peer-to-peer mental health support space based on the principles of mutual aid, on Saturday from 4-5pm. YogaRoots on Sunday from 9 - 10a. Solarpunk Spa Day on Sunday from 12 - 6pm.