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The Name

The DMV Petri Dish name derives from the standard scientific equipment name “Petri Dish” or a plate made to culture (grow) various microbes such as yeast and bacteria. DMV is an acronym for DC, Maryland, Virginia and is a popular slang term to describe the Washington D.C. Metropolitan Area.

The philosophy of the DMV Petri Dish is reflective of the real outcomes of various microbes when combined together in a single dish. In a Petri Dish, a group of a single origin bacteria or yeast are referred to as a colony. We aim to become a collective of colonies representing different inventor and investigator groups in the D.C. Area. The preferred outcome of placing multiple colonies (groups) in a single dish is to observe interactions (collaborations) and crossbreeding (intergroup projects) develop over time. The intended results of these collaborations and crossbreeding is to have unique and innovative projects, develop a sense of self-assurance in members, and have fun while doing science and activities. We will also grow into a startup pre-incubator environment where we work to create an environment to help the person out there working on the next big thing in their garage, living room, or basement!

We offer:
- A community of scientists, inventors, and tech enthusiasts
- Presentations on a variety of topics in science and tech
- Regular meetups for people to work and network
- A transparent and helpful community of minds to help build your ideas

Focus Areas

  • Biotechnology

  • Traditional Technology

  • Startups

  • Science Education

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