The “How To Grow Almost Anything” (HTGAA) is a distributed academic program delivered by Harvard medical school and is part of the growing Academy initiated by MIT centre for bits and atoms. The course explores the frontiers and intersection Synthetic biology and digital fabrication.

The “Academany” is a distributed educational model providing a unique educational experience. Each Fab Lab that participates in the “Academany” program is part of a global Fab Lab / Academany network. These Fab Labs are Nodes that offer the “Academany” program.

Students view and participate in global lectures broadcasted every Wednesdays at 9:00 am – 12:00 pm EST. The lectures are recorded and available to students throughout the semester. In addition to the lectures, there are 2 / 3 lab days each week where students have access the lab equipment and personal help with projects. Each Fab Lab will establish the schedule for these Lab days.

The program requires a minimum of 30 hours per week.

“Academany” faculty, who are leaders in their respective fields, provide global video lectures, supervise academic content, and guide research. Hands-on instruction in the labs is provided by instructors who supervise and evaluate Certificates, develop and disseminate instructional material, and assist with projects.

The following Fab Labs participate in the HTGAA program

Labs document their work on the lab pages. where you can find more detailed info.

  • Incite Focus – USA
  • Fab Lab La Casemate – France
  • FabLab Lima/Amazon – Peru
  • Fab lab Toscany – Italy
  • Green FabLab / Valldaura – Spain
  • SPQwork / Rome – Italy
  • AS220 – USA
  • Fablab Digiscope – France
  • Toulouse / Artilect – France
  • CEU / Madrid – Spain
  • YCAM Yamaguchi Center for Arts and Media – Japan
  • Fab Lab Kamakura – Japan
  • Fablab SD – USA
  • Beach lab – Spain
  • Fab lab Santiago UAI – Chili
  • Fablab O Shanghai – China
  • EMW lab – USA
  • FabLab Hamamatsu TAKE-SPACE – Japan
  • Mason Lab (WCMC) – USA

If you want to sign up your Fab Lab for HTGAA, please contact us for more information.

How to join

We are not yet accepting students, but we’ll open for inscriptions soon. If you wish to stay informed, please send us a mail.

Tuition fees.
Academany Diploma …………………..5000,-
Academany individual certificates……..500,-

Included in the costs:
• All the basic course materials.
• 14 hours a week of hands-on Lab access and personal instruction.

Local labs will determine different programs for scholarships: Internships, Special programs with other institutions and social organizations.

To apply for a scholarship please send your local lab a letter of intent (no more than 250 words), explaining the conditions and reasons to be the beneficiary of this program.


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