Scott Pownall is a scientist, biohacker and entrepreneur who is passionate about breaking down the barriers people face when trying to engage with DNA. In June of 2015, with the help of an awesome bunch of citizen scientists, he co-founded Open Science Network, a BC incorporated non-profit society, and established Vancouver's first community biolab. He has a life long passion and curiosity for the world around him. In the early 1980s he switched focus from electronics engineering to studying biotechnology after reading an article in the Melbourne Age on the then new Gene Machines. This lead him to completed his doctoral research in Genetics from the University of British Columbia. Scott received numerous awards and scholarships including from the Australian Society of Microbiologists, the Canadian Arthritis Society, the Medical Research Council of Canada and the National Cancer Institute of Canada. He participated in the first human genome jamboree at Celera - the company that sequenced the human genome. His focus now is in supporting and engaging people in citizen science.