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Brainhack @STARTS Estonian event & DART17

Brainhack project participated as one of the main actors in the STARTS event organised in the occasion of the Estonian Presidency to the European Council on September 14th 2017 in Brussels. The session dedicated to Brainhack was entitled “Art and the Brain: Towards Art-triggered Startups” and focus on STARTS actions which foster creative non-scientific applications of Brain-Computer Interfaces. The session included the première of the BRAINHACK short-documentary OpenMind by Anna Sanmartí and a pitching session of DART17-BRAINHACK edition candidates and announcement of the winners.
DART17 team – Arijana Walcott and Sophie Lamparter – traveled to Brussels to the final pitches and was impressed by the quality of the projects and the enthusiasm by all the interdisciplinary teams. This is DART 17’s first collaboration with the STARTS programme, an initiative by The European Commission supporting “Innovation at the nexus of Science, Technology, and the ARTS”.

The decision among so many talented groups pitching in Brussels was not easy. DART17 and the Brainhack project is excited to announce the DART 17 opportunity winner and new member of: RE/ME is multi-sensory technology and creative tool that enhances body awareness for well-being, and supports imaginative perception of your own body through physically altering your self-image.

The RE/ME team, Diego Maranan (University of the Philippines Open University/CogNovo), Agi Haines (Speculative Designer, Plymouth University), Sean Clarke (Independent Composer), will now be able to test its idea in the Silicon Valley eco-system, collect industry feedback and gain support to develop it back in Europe.

Author: Irene Ingardi