Music is the Instrument – Innovation for Impact

Science & Technology
re:publica 2016

Short thesis: 

Matan's incredible journey from musician & film maker to award winning inventor started with the realization that his actions could have more 'real, positive impact on the world'. In the past 2 years he has developed ways to translate heartbeats, brainwaves and motions into music while turning everyday objects such as hats, glasses and gloves into instruments, working to empower people with special needs to express themselves in new ways, speaking and performing on stages worldwide and building interactive installations for museums & galleries. As the founder of Shift, a company which specializes in positive innovation, Matan is now laying the foundations for a new kind of lab - one which works with emerging technologies while focusing on their potential to do good in the world. During this fascinating talk Matan will not only share his story, insights and inventions, but also perform a live demo of his latest prototype, which enables anyone to play music using nothing but hand movements.

Description: 

Matan lives in the nexus of art, technology and positive impact. He has created numerous prototypes that translate physical signals (EEG, heartbeats and movements) from the human body into music and turn everyday objects into instruments, which have won awards in England, France, Israel and Sweden. In 2015 Matan produced a first­of­its­kind hackathon dedicated entirely to music technology for special needs, developing devices that enable paralyzed, blind, amputated and autistic musicians to express themselves in new ways.

Matan regularly speaks and performs worldwide and has appeared on stages such as TEDx, Google Day, Microsoft Think Next, NAMM, Smart Fabrics & Wearable Technologies and Music Tech Fest. His interactive art installations have been exhibited in top Israeli museums & galleries .

As the founder of Shift, a company which specializes in positive innovation, Matan has worked with start​ups, municipalities, hospitals and organizations on forward thinking projects. He is now laying the foundations for a new kind of lab - one which works with emerging technologies while focusing on their potential to do good in the world.

Recently featured on Forbes’ 30 Under 30 list of most promising young Israelis in science & technology, Matan is also an alumni of The Generational Ambassadors Program (by MIT, Harvard and the Richardson Center) and an ROI Community member. 

Stage 1
Monday, May 2, 2016 -
19:00 to 19:30
English
Talk
Beginner

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