Literally land (stan) for smart solutions (hack), Hackistan brings a community of changemakers together to connect around a network of infrastructures.
Our mission is to provide support, visibility and prototyping facilities to disruptive innovation projects with high societal and environmental
Why have we founded Hackistan?
Human kind is facing critical challenges
The world is in trouble
The 21th century will be determinant for us, challenges such as climate change, energy, biodiversity extinction crisis, soaring demography, food and water scarcity, critical resources depletion, air-water-soil pollution, massive urbanisation, to only cite a few, will strongly impact our capacity to build a sustainable and accessible to all way of living.
Disconnected and hyper-specialised
The scientific, technological, business, institutional, associative world, supposedly in charge to tackle these challenges have become strongly parted and hyper-specialised. The lack of communication therefore hinders the collaboration and the pooling of critical knowledge and resources between groups of different disciplines.
Competition within human society remains the dominant paradigm, hampering innovation and leaving very little leeway for development of the needed disruptive innovations. Furthermore, the proprietary dogma and it associated secrecy, pushes to restart again and again the same research and mistakes in different places, leading to tremendous waste of resources and the the lost of precious time in tackling the world challenges.
Emulate innovation towards responsible solutions
Societal and environmental disruptive innovation
Open and multidisciplinary innovation
Open and multidisciplinary innovation has proven to be successful. Diversity is central to catalyse innovation. Interaction and collaboration between engineers, entreprepreneurs, scientists, artists, citizens (...) always turn out to lead to more richer and fruitful outcomes than monolithic gathering of people from the same discipline.
Change dedicated spaces do emerge on each continent, enabling the development of well locally adapted radical innovations and leading the way to possible sustainable futures.
Pooling of resources and exchange of knowledge and know-how
Pooling initiatives and their resources in order to emulate a community valuing trust principles and the sharing of knowledge and know-how
Hackistan project: how to foster disruptive innovation?
Disruptive innovation is a subtle mix between a diversity of talents, useful spaces and serendipitidy
Hackistan is a community of entrepreneurs, scientists, artists, engineers, biologists, developers and makers who are willing to change the world through innovation. A community to catalyse disruptive innovations through the sharing of resources, knowledge and transdisciplinarity.
On top of this community, we aim at building a venture mutualist cooperative that fosters collaborative support.
Network of infrastructures
Hackistan also aims at promoting an inspired vision of the future while offering an stimulating and productive work environment, where creativity and open mindedness break down the walls across disciplines. The objective is therefore to create a physical space in Brussels combining scientific labs (biology, chemistry,...), a fablab for the prototyping, office desks for start-ups, media studios (web, video,...), hackerspaces,... The place would also host a bar and exhibitions spaces to foster the collaborative spirit.
Tools to emulate
A set of tools are provided to Hackistanis. Digital tools to organize and prototype their projects, several access to lab and spaces, as well as devices and software. A large semantic mapping of the ecosystem is also available to facilitate the way changemakers find their way in the jungle.
Examples of supported projects
If your project is disruptive and brings societal or environmental solutions, please shout out!
Building a news sort of battery, based on the processing of waste with the help of bacteria.
Auto-regenerating building materials
Producing bio-inspired building-materials that autonomously regenerate
Micropayement app for Africa
Bringing a unified app solution for people in Niger.
Decentralized on-demand urban bike service
Using crypted technologies, build padlocks that anyone can use and install at their place to disrupt advertisement-based solutions.
Mushrooms to decontaminate soils
Bio-inspired solution to decontaminate soils.
Who are we?
Neuroscientist and entrepreneur
He likes to involve the multitude through technology at the heart of the change of our society, transition occuring right now. Media, healthcare, politics, science, he dreams about reinventing the way different sectors are working by finding realistic solutions to these challenges.
Biologist and entrepreneur
Passionate about nature inspired sustainability, Jean-Michel, Co-founder of Biomimicry-Be and member of European Biomimicry Alliance, dedicates himself to the promotion and the development of bio-inspired innovative solutions. Entrepreneur, holding a master's degree in Management engineering, he is the co-founder of Novobiom, a start-up project aiming at offering innovative and competitive solutions for the ecological restoration of degraded ecosystems.
Architect and entrepreneur
Graduated as an architect, co-founder of Magma Nova (the Future of Materials) and living without producing waste, I have a passion for the manufacturing, implementations, applications of bio-sourced materials and am convinced of the potential of biofabrication. I'm a maker in my own way, experiencing these organisms with small means, without any scientific pretension, with an empirical approach, in an attempt to reveal their potential, that will make them the local materials of the future, and this in architectural and design applications.
Sebastiaan de Neubourg
I support and initiate impact-driven projects that use innovative ways of solving the planet's problems. With a bachelors degree in mechanical engineering and a master's in business management I use resilience thinking and biomimicry to co-develop scalable new opportunities. I believe that creative entrepreneurship has a key role to play in solving our most pressing social and environmental problems.
Biologist and designer
Used to open (bio)laboratory, he co-build a biosourced temperature sensor (La Paillasse/Sony CSL Paris) or microbian powerbattery based on waste (FoAM/Plateforme C). His skills, based on biomimetism can be applied both with technological startups, scientific laboratories or artistic collectives. Through open and participatory work, he hopes to contribute to the emergence of technical objects aimed at helping a sustainable environmental future.
Entrepreneur, consultant and coop addict
With a biochemistry and biotechnology background, he spent 23 years in various jobs in a multinational chemical company. He started his own venture - Metamorphosis - to help organisations and teams in domains he's passionated about : sustainability (circular and functional economy, biomimicry,...), collective intelligence, large group and team dynamics, out-of-the-box / strategic / systems thinking, agile & cooperative governance, breakthrough learning processes and innovative business models. Currently co-develops co-ops in farming, energy and fulfilling workplaces.
Interested, even if you don't know yet how you could help, just contact us, any contribution will be welcomed
The common denominator of their projects: to support and being involved in societal or environmental disruptive innovation
Experts in robotics/AI
Partners, Mentors and Inspiration
Cultural lab in Bruxelles
Belgian network for the promotion of Biomimicy
Let Biology spark
Startup Basecamp Brussels
Coworking and nomad digital residency
Engineers and developers community. loT, app/web development
Social start-up incubator
Digital platform combining information consultation and crowdfunding
Bio-inspired environmental technologies
Linking biology and electronics
MIT Media Lab
MIT media lab
Common information inheritage