Women in the Lead at MTF

MTF Stockholm has 50 percent women involved in the festival, and Women in the Lead of all technology areas. KTH shares this commitment to gender equality. For KTH, it is a given that equality leads to quality in innovation and scientific work. MTF also believes that at this stage in history the world cannot afford to exclude any talent or ingenuity.

Grammy-winning artist Imogen Heap to perform and lead lab

Imogen Heap will perform and lead a lab on the ongoing development of blockchain technology for the music industry at Music Tech Fest Stockholm. The lab will focus on the Mycelia Creative Passport, which aims to become a digital identity standard for music makers, containing or linking to verified profile information. The producer and recording artist will also demonstrate the wearable music interface, Mi.Mu gloves, which she developed.

Fashion Tech lab to be led by Dutch innovator Anouk Wipprecht

Dutch Fashion Tech designer Anouk Wipprecht will lead the Fashion Tech research lab at Music Tech Fest, beginning September 3. The results will be showcased in a series of unique performances during the public festival weekend September 7 to 9. Anouk will lead Fashion Tech as part of the invitation-only #MTFLabs: Robotics and AI in the KTH Reactor Hall. In partnership with companies such as Intel, AutoDesk, Google, Arduino, Microsoft, Samsung, Adobe, Adidas, Cirque Du Soleil, Audi, Disney, Swarovski, and 3D printing company Shapeways, Anouk researches how our future would look as we continue to embed technology into what we wear, and more importantly – how this will change our perspective on how we will interface with technology.

Kelly Snook, former NASA scientist, leads creative labs

She was a research scientist at NASA for two decades, and she has toured with Ariana Grande to provide technical support for the wearable music interface the performer uses. Kelly Snook will lead the Music Tech Fest Creative Lab focusing on “radical inclusion.” Creative Labs at MTF are a bit like a hackathon, only more about design than coding. At NASA, Snook led missions to simulate exploration on other planets. She has produced dozens of records and scored two short films, and her main passion is in the arena of "Investigative Music," a term she invented to describe using music to investigate reality through data sonification and visualization. Snook is professor at University of Brighton and holds a Ph.D. in Aeronautical and Astronautical Engineering from Stanford University

KTH Professor Danica Kragic heads AI & Performance lab

KTH Robotics Professor Danica Kragic is in the lead of AI and Robotics as part of the invitation-only #MTFLabs in the KTH Reactor Hall. She is currently the lead investigator on a groundbreaking 10-year, 1-billion kroner AI research project funded by the Knut and Alice Wallenberg Foundation and bringing together academia and industry across a wide range of verticals. Danica brings a unique perspective to innovation process, and the relationship between artificial intelligence, creativity and the human experience.

LJ Rich leads Hack Camp

BBC Click host LJ Rich hosts the 24-hour Hack Camp, part of Music Tech Fest Stockholm, which runs from 3-9 September 2018 with a showcase open to the public from the 7-9 September at KTH Royal Institute of Technology. LJ is best known as presenter on the BBC’s flagship technology show ‘Click’, though she’s gathering notoriety talking about her synaesthesia - a mixing of the senses that gives her both super-powers and fatal flaws! She has always been incredibly astute musically, perhaps due to her senses being mixed together. Imagine sound and music triggering colour, taste or touch - and the other way around.

Girls explore tech at Robyn's Tekla workshop

Teklafestival, founded by Swedish recording artist Robyn, will be hosting unique technology workshops for girls as part of Music Tech Fest (MTF) Stockholm, in partnership with KTH Royal Institute of Technology. Teklafestival originated after Robyn was awarded KTH’s Great Prize in 2013, which honors “a person who, through epoch-making discoveries and the creation of new values and by ingenious applications of findings gained on the practical aspects of life, promotes Sweden’s continued material progress.” Robyn wanted to use the platform to inspire girls who might be intrigued about technology—an industry historically dominated by men. Teklafestival is an important part of KTH’s mission to recruit more girls to its programs, which strive to make the world of technology a more equal place and Music Tech Fest is the perfect environment to host a series of Teklafestival workshops - surrounded by an incredible array of creative innovation at KTH on the weekend of the 7th - 9th of September.

Microsoft Research's Nancy Bayme at head of MTF Symposium

A pioneer in the field of internet research, Nancy Baym is a Principal Researcher at Microsoft in New England and Research Affiliate in Comparative Media Studies and Writing at MIT. Her work reveals the subtle and pervasive ways people make sense of new communication technologies and weave them into their everyday lives.

A lifelong music fan, her brand new book Playing to the Crowd: Musicians, Audiences, and the Intimate Work of Connection (NYU) draws on years of ethnographic participation and interviews with dozens of artists to show how social media have – and have not – changed the relationships between musicians and audiences and what that portends for workers in other fields. She has spoken at music events including MIDEM, by:Larm, All2GetherNow, and Rethink Music. She’s appeared in the New York Times, the BBC, NPR, WIRED, Mother Jones, and other news outlets.

In 2014 she organized the first Music Tech Fest research symposium, spearheading the writing of the Music Tech Manifesto that continues to guide MTF.

The #MTFResearch Symposium ticket includes full membership of the global #MTFResearch Network, free entry to the public Music Tech Fest Stockholm event and a Music Tech Fest t-shirt. Get tickets here

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