We are a Singapore-based community of food tinkerers and microbial enthusiasts fermenting our way to better guts. Initiated in 2014 in Singapore, Guthub has served as a space for amateur food science projects focused on local food sustainability issues as well as on DIY experiments with gut microbiome. We are connected over the Internet of Microbes (IoM) — a Speculative Design tool for ‘smart’ food sharing. The system is made of four main components:

  • Fermentation Bank — a public bank for free deposits and withdrawals of starter cultures
  • UnChope Makan — a crowdsourced map of places where locals offer their starters for sharing
  • Mother 0.1. incubator — a simple DIY hackware to preserve and cultivate starter cultures
  • GutHub Github — a scrapbook of fermentation recipes, tutorials and experiences
  • Our aim with the IoM system is to create a ‘smart’ network of citizens connected over microbial cultures and peer-to-peer fermentation practices, as a socially and environmentally sustainable alternative to IoT utopias and techno-solutionist frauds.

    Fermentation GutHub Ground Rules:

    Regular GutHub meetups are organized in the Hackerspace.sg — check our FB group for details and join us!

    More details about the Fermentation GutHub group and idea are available here:

    Dolejšová, M., Kera, D. (2017). The Fermentation GutHub Project & the Internet of Microbes. In Enriching Urban Spaces with Ambient Computing, the Internet of Things, and Smart City Design, pp. 25-47, edited by Shin'ichi Konomi, & George Roussos. Hershey, PA: IGI Global. DOI:10.4018/978-1-5225-0827-4

    Dolejšová, M., & Kera, D. (2016). Fermentation GutHub: Designing for Food Sustainability in Singapore. In Proceedings of the 2nd International Conference in HCI and UX Indonesia 2016 (CHIuXiD '16). ACM, New York, NY, USA, 69-76. DOI:https://doi.org/10.1145/2898459.2898470