Keynote speaker at Next Generation Conference: Michela Magas

The European Woman Innovator of the Year, Michela Magas is coming to the Next Generation Conference in Skopje to speak about Music Tech Fest ecosystem and how it brings together different kinds of people from different disciplines and backgrounds to foster creative innovation. Michela is our second keynote speaker on the conference.

Michela Magas is an innovation catalyst who bridges the worlds of science and art, design and technology, and academic research and industry, with a track record of over 20 years of innovation.

In 2017 she received European Woman Innovator of the Year award and in 2016 Innovation Luminary Award for Creative Innovation.

She is the founder of Music Tech Fest, a global community platform of over 5000 creative innovators and scientific researchers. The platform provides a test case for innovation in areas as diverse as neuroscience, forestry and microcomputing. It has been hosted worldwide by partners including Microsoft Research New England, Centre Pompidou in Paris and the London Symphony Orchestra at the Barbican in London.

Magas has been Innovation Director of #MusicBricks – a European Innovation Action project that placed exclusive tools developed by some of the best music tech research centres in Europe into the hands of creative developers and makers, and has taken them to market. The project registered over 5M impacts on social media. It yielded multiple patents and products in a very short time, generating its own innovation ecosystem.

Michela Magas co-founded Stromatolite Design Innovation Lab in 2000, developing futures concepts for a series of international clients including Apple, Nike and Nokia with Peter Russel-Clarke, who is now part of the Apple Industrial Design Team.

She was Scientific Director of MIReS, a European Commission-funded project. It’s main focus was investigating the future of music technology, in conjunction with seven of the top music technology research centres in Europe. Her work received the ‘art meets science’ NEM art award twice: for Songlines (Barcelona 2010) and Synaesthesia (Istanbul 2012). The work was included in the Future of British Innovation at the Science Museum during the London 2012 Olympics. She has also been a jury member of Prix Ars Electronica.

Magas is on the CAF Advisory Board of the European Commission’s Horizon2020 programme. At meta level she is involved regarding future directions for ICT. Also she is a coordinator of the recommendations by the Innovation Working Group.

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