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.
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, and 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. The 10th edition was held at the historic Funkhaus in Berlin.
Magas has been Innovation Director of #MusicBricks – a project that has 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 and yielded multiple patents and productisations in a very short time, generating its own innovation ecosystem.
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 investigating the future of music technology, in conjunction with seven of the top music technology research centres in Europe. Her work has received the ‘art meets science’ NEM art award twice: for Songlines (Barcelona 2010) and Synaesthesia (Istanbul 2012), and has been included in the Future of British Innovation at the Science Museum during the London 2012 Olympics. She currently sits on the jury of Prix Ars Electronica.
Magas is on the CAF Advisory Board of the European Commission’s Horizon2020 programme, both at meta level regarding future directions for ICT, and more specifically as coordinator of the recommendations by the Innovation Working Group.