Creative track of SNTA: Bizindalo! Art and Technology in Africa

Gemma Rodrigues and Michelle Kasprzak co-curated the international exhibition Bizindalo! Art and Technology in Africa, September 1 – October 13, Casa da Luz, Funchal, as part of the symposium Strategic Narratives of Technology and Africa. Encompassing the exhibition’s themes of ‘voice’ and community, ‘bizindalo’ is the East African name for the public megaphones used by communities for announcements and local…

Strategic Narratives of Technology and Africa symposium

M-ITI’s Critical Technical Practice lab organized Strategic Narratives of Technology and Africa, a two-day international, interdisciplinary symposium hosted at the Casa da Luz, September 1-2. Comprising both academic and creative tracks, the symposium brought artists, designers, technologists, and theorists into conversation, with the goal of generating alternatives to ‘universal’ Silicon Valley narratives of tech innovation currently being exported uncritically into…

M-ITI Organising New Training School on Collaborative Economy

M-ITI will host a Training School (TS) “On the collaborative economy. Learning from critical perspectives,” in the context of the COST Action CA16121, “From Sharing to Caring: Examining Socio-Technical Aspects of the Collaborative Economy.” It will take place from November 20 to 24, at the Madeira Interactive Technologies Institute, in Funchal, Madeira, Portugal. Applications are open until August 11, 2017. Participation grants…

M-ITI Project Wins the 2017 International Cultural Innovation Award

A project led by M-ITI has won the Cultural Innovation International Prize, by the Centre de Cultura Contemporània de Barcelona, for presenting a gravitational battery that generates and stores renewable energy. In this international contest the search for ideas that could face climate changes and, in this case, through energy preservation without the use to checmical batteries, and developped a…

M-ITI Participates at the Week of Innovative Regions of Europe – WIRE 2017

Prof. Chris Csíkszentmihályi and Prof. Nuno Nunes were invited to speak at the Week of Innovative Regions of Europe (WIRE 2017). This year, the Technical University of Košice (Slovakia) will host the 8th edition of the European Commission’s Week of Innovative Regions in Europe (WIRE) from 28th to 30th June 2017. This conference is supported by the Directorate-General Research &…

Building a ProBot

The CTP Lab team did a tutorial on how to build a self-balancing robot, and is taking part in a competition at Hackaday.io, the world’s largest collaborative hardware development community. The tutorial is also available here.  

“Lá-Lá Madeira toys” exhibition

Students in their last year of the Design degree from the University of Madeira were challenged to make toys using the CTP lab machines. These toys were accomplished using both low and high technology, design and craft, local and global culture. They were meant to be regionally characteristic for the new creative communities. Some examples of the prototypes created in…

The Chinese Ambassador to Portugal visits M-ITI

M-ITI was honored to receive the visit of the Chinese Ambassador to Portugal, Mr. Cai Run, as well as the First Secretary of the Embassy, Mr. Ma Yue, and the Second Secretary, Ms. Fan Yue on March 24. This visit was an opportunity to show the ambassador some of our work, and to explore future research partnerships.

M-ITI welcomes the Commission of Economy, Innovation and Public Works of the Assembly of the Republic

M-ITI continues to foster the relationship of research and politics, by welcoming the Commission for Economy, Innovation and Public Works of the Assembly of the Republic, on March 21. The delegation was comprised by Members of Parliament of the largest political parties. This was one of the three-day visits in Madeira, in which the Commission had protocol and working meetings…