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Mauricio Martins.
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Coordinator of altLab Lisbon’s Hackerspace, a community-based and community-building collective dedicated to independent research. Maker of Things, Tinkerer, and Open Source advocate. Works mainly as Collaborative Project Developer focused on DIY Experimentation with Electronics, Physical Computing and Digital Fabrication.

Actual coordinator of Altlab – Lisbon’s Hackerspace

Experiência em eletrónica, desenho de interação e vídeo produção.
Defensor e promotor do uso do software e hardware livres (open-source software&hardware).
Desenvolve projetos nas áreas de computação física, interfaces tangíveis e interativas.
Organiza workshops na área do DIY (do it yourself) e fabricação digital.
Colabora com diversos artistas portugueses no desenvolvimento de soluções interativas.

1998 – 2002 : É diretor técnico audiovisual Praça Sony, Expo’98. – Lisboa
2002 – > : Lança website para prestação de serviços audiovisuais.
2010 : Participa como colaborador no Interactivos’10, Medialab Prado – Madrid.
2010 – > : Coordena altLab – Lisbon´s Hackerspace.
2010 – > : Colabora na área de hardware para computação física nas empresas NearInteraction e ArticaCC.
2010 : Participa na residência AZ no Espaço do Tempo – Montemor-o-Novo.
2011 : Organiza e coordena evento na área da fabricação digital, FabriCamp LX1 no Pavilhão do Conhecimento – Lisboa.
2011 – > : Lança website para prestação de serviços e venda de artigos na área da computação física.
2011 : Organiza e coordena Residência AZ “Tangíveis” no Espaço do Tempo – Montemor-o-Novo.
2011 : Idealiza projeto “Nuclear Taco Helmet Sensor Gameshow” e coordena equipa vencedora do primeiro prémio do público no Codebits V.
2011 – 2012 : Organiza workshops na área da Eletrónica DIY no Festival Cidade PreOcupada – Montemor-o-Novo.
2012 : Desenvolve em conjunto com a empresa ArticaCC soluções interactivas para campanha publicitária da Adidas na Liga dos Campeões. – Munique.
2012 : Organiza e coordena workshop para construção de impressoras 3D no FabLab EDP.
2012 : Participa a convite do Pav. do Conhecimento no workshop “Thinkering Studio Implementation” no Exploratorium. – São Francisco, EUA.

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Why we need Open, Hackable Materials now – An Interview with Catarina Mota ( our founder :P )


Why we need Open, Hackable Materials now – An Interview with Catarina Mota @ Meedabyte.

Catarina Mota

I had the opportunity to get in touch with  Catarina Mota recently, while I was helping my friends at openpPicus, to connect with the Open Source Hardware Association. She is, no doubt, amongst the most eminent representatives of the Hackingmovement. To me, it’s extremely impressive though how one of the leaders of this revolution is coming right from outside the technological world and actually has a communication sciences and film college background. When I asked her to tell me a brief recap of her experience of hacking, she gave a really insightful and detailed story.

Our founder Catarina Mota @ TEDGlobal 2012


‘To be equipped for the future, you need to know smart materials’:
Catarina Mota at TEDGlobal 2012


Catarina Mota at TEDGlobal 2012

Catarina Mota has many friends. One of her friend’s fathers, when her friend was a kid, built a vehicle out of a bicycle and washing machine, because the family couldn’t afford a car. Culturally, we used to know how to make and fix everything. As the 20th century progressed, we lost that ability, but thanks to the maker community, we are slowly getting it back. By fostering the development and invention of new smart materials, Catarina hopes to help makers reach the next level.

What are smart materials? Fundamentally, they’re materials we are already incredibly familiar with like paint, paper and plastic. The trick is, all of these materials now come with a twist. Paint and ink, for example, can now conduct electricity such that people are able to paint circuits with a brush or, with the addition of a magnet, make a speaker out of a sheet of paper. Acrylic, a type of plastic, can now be infused with light diffusing particles so light can reflect through its entire surface instead of just the edges. What this means practically is, by flipping a light switch, you can turn your windows from see-through to opaque. Thermochromic pigments can be added to plastics so you can see when your baby’s bottle is hot. Possibilities are becoming endless.

However, in order to harness the full potential of these materials, Catarina believes that we need to have a deeper understanding of the components that are making up our world. We need to have a deeper understanding because when we do, we are able to shape the objects we use instead of those objects shaping use. Beyond being savvy consumers, by delving into tinkering, we open the doors to innovation. From mountain bikes to airplanes, semi-conductors to computers, history has repeatedly shown that it’s been the amateurs who have been the significant inventors and improvers of the world.

To bolster the tinkerers’ ability to create, Catarina co-founded, a website where people publish information and aggregate research, papers, and tutorials by other makers. Her overall message is simple: draw from the experiments of the crowd and understand smart materials. Like learning about computers in the 1970s, the best way to ensure we have a say in our future is to acquire pre-emptive knowledge of emerging technologies now.

Catarina Mota at TEDGlobal 2012

Photos by James Duncan Davidson

VIA [TED Blog]

We’re supporting Cidade PreOcupada Festival!


Oficinas do Convento | uma co-produção com a Câmara Municipal de Montemor-o-Novo
A IV edição do festival Cidade Pre0cupada resolveu espreitar além-fronteiras e trazer até Montemor-o-Novo o Chile, a Holanda, a Espanha, a China, Cabo Verde e Japão. Música, Cinema, Conferências, Workshops, Residências Artísticas, Exposições, Instalações e Animação voltam a reclamar a cidade, invadindo conventos, festas populares, jardins e terreiros, mercados e sociedades. Esperamos por vocês na cidade criativa.


André Sier (PT), Clara Brito (PT), Carlos Maza (CL), Dead J (CH), Dora S (CH), DJ Marcelle (HL), Gecko Turner (ES), João Bastos (PT), Ka Keong (CH), Lula’s Cachupa Psicadélica (CV), Magau (PT), Manuel Silva (PT), Nuno Lemos (PT), Onishi Yasuaki (JP), Peng Yun (CH), Rancho Folclórico e Etnográfico Montemorense (PT), Tiago Fróis (PT), Tiago Pereira (PT)


A Música Portuguesa a Gostar Dela Própria, Alt_Lab, Associação Cultural +853, Associação Espaço do Tempo, Câmara Municipal de Montemor-o-Novo, Casa João Cidade, Casa de Harina, Centro de Ciência Viva de Estremoz, Cooperativa Cultural PIA, CUT – Associação Cultural, Filmes da Praça, IndieLisboa, Junta de Freguesia de N.ª S.ª da Vila, Lines_Lab, Rede de Cidadania de Montemor-o-Novo

Workshop PCBs – Photo Report


OF007-LX Workshop openFrameworks

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Workshop Fabricação de Placas de Circuito Impresso (PCB)

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Workshop Fabricação de Placas de Circuito Impresso (PCB)

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